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Rachel Kramer Bussel: How Important Is Having Sex? Two New Memoirs Respond

Rachel Kramer Bussel: How Important Is Having Sex? Two New Memoirs Respond | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

"Sex isn't everything," Nicole Hardy's mother cautions her in the prologue of her memoir Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin, as the author battles between her strict Mormon upbringing and her increasing longing as a single 30-something for raw human intimacy of the erotic kind. Her memoir, along with French Elle editor Sophie Fontanel's The Art of Sleeping Alone, both seek to seriously respond to the question asked, albeit satirically, by E.B. White and James Thurber in 1929: Is sex necessary? Their conclusions? Yes--and no, and each answer is equally compelling.

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Dave Scheidt: Talking About Itty Bitty Hellboy With Art and Franco: An Illustrated Interview

Dave Scheidt: Talking About Itty Bitty Hellboy With Art and Franco: An Illustrated Interview | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

You've heard of Hellboy, right? Big red, mean looking dude with the giant red hand? Likes to punch Nazis and fight monsters? He hangs out with a fish-man named Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman who can create and control fire? What about Roger, a man-made of blood, herbs and horse manure who never wears pants? Say what?

This past month marked the 20th anniversary of Hellboy, the seminal breakthrough comic book series created by Mike Mignola in which you can see a quick history of Hellboy here. http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/1175/hellboy-timeline

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10 Performances To Watch This Fall

10 Performances To Watch This Fall | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

The fall movie going season offers a bevy of hotly anticipated performances – some from famous faces, others from less familiar ones. Here are 10 worth being excited about:

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY – He's already given an Oscar-worthy supporting performance in Jeff Nichols' Mississippi River coming-of-age tale "Mud" earlier this year. And McConaughey also has a role in Martin Scorsese's upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street." But in "Dallas Buyers Club" he stars as an HIV-positive Dallas man who smuggles alternative medicine. It could be the apogee of McConaughey's recent streak.

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Everyone Needs To Read This

Everyone Needs To Read This | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Bill Watterson retired from writing and drawing "Calvin & Hobbes" about 18 years ago, but the timelessness of his message -- to always remain thoughtful, imaginative, and playful -- will stick in our culture forever, if we're lucky. Case in point: Cartoonist Gavin Aung Than, who pens comics on his blog Zen Pencils, created this tribute to Watterson that has struck a chord with the Internet over the last few days.

Than took the text from a commencement speech Watterson delivered at Kenyon College in 1995, and illustrated it in the style of "Calvin & Hobbes." He explains that this is the first time he's intentionally attempted to mimic Watterson, although the man has been an inspiration for his art as well as his career.

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William Petrocelli: What Was History's Worst Month?

William Petrocelli: What Was History's Worst Month? | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

What was the worst month in history? An American might say December, 1941, with the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. To a Japanese, it could be August, 1945, with the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Renaissance writers might have pointed to May, 1453, with the fall of Constantinople, or maybe May, 1527, with the sack of Rome. For sheer barbarity, probably nothing was worse than January 1943, when about 600,000 died at the battle of Stalingrad.

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The Origins Of 11 Classic Book Titles

The Origins Of 11 Classic Book Titles | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Some classic titles explain themselves, as they reference characters ("The Great Gatsby") or lines from notable passages ("The Catcher in the Rye"). Others are riffs on even older classics ("1Q84"), and still others remain a pleasant mystery ("2666").

Unsurprisingly, the titles of many books come from, well, other books. Also unsurprisingly, a TON were plucked from Shakespeare, be it Isaac Asimov's sci-fi works or Agatha Christie's chilling mysteries.

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Rare first edition of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations goes on sale

Rare first edition of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations goes on sale | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Copy of book dating from 1776 is expected to fetch £50,000 at auction in Edinburgh.

A rare first edition copy of Adam Smith's work The Wealth of Nations, which has been valued at up to £50,000, is to be sold at auction.

First published in 1776, the book by the Scottish economist and philosopher is one of the world's first assessments of what creates wealth within a nation. The work reflects on economics at the beginning of the industrial revolution and explores issues such as the division of labour, productivity and free markets.

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Amazon executive Larry Kirshbaum accused of sexual assault

Amazon executive Larry Kirshbaum accused of sexual assault | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Publisher accused of two alleged assaults on his former lover and colleague, according to papers filed in NY Supreme Court.

Laurence "Larry" Kirshbaum, a New York publisher hired by Amazon US to drive its ambitious book-publishing growth plans, has been accused of sexual assault in papers filed with New York's Supreme Court.

The allegations were described as "baseless" by Kirshbaum's lawyer, Catherine Redlich.

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Ben Wheatley to direct adaptation of JG Ballard's High Rise

Ben Wheatley to direct adaptation of JG Ballard's High Rise | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

The Oscar-winning British producer Jeremy Thomas, garlanded when Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor took best film in 1988, has been vying to bring Ballard's book to the big screen for more than 30 years. With his penchant for splicing horror genre tropes with searing social realism, Wheatley looks the perfect fit to adapt a novel that sees the denizens of a luxury high-tech tower descend willingly into a murderous melee of chaos and destruction. He will direct from a screenplay by his wife and regular collaborator, Amy Jump (Kill List, A Field in England).

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Lost Christmas by David Logan - review

Lost Christmas by David Logan - review | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

'Lost Christmas is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read'.

If you're looking for a book which will give you a break from the hot summer weather, I really recommend Lost Christmas. The story takes place one snowy winter and it's about five different people who have lost valuable people or things before Christmas and so can't celebrate like everybody else.

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An interview with Leonard Cohen: From the archive, 29 August 1970

An interview with Leonard Cohen: From the archive, 29 August 1970 | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

The Canadian artist talks about his music and poetry just before an appearance at the Isle of Wight festival.

His last LP was "Songs from a Room"; and that is where they mostly seem to belong, with lonely listeners. His concert at the Royal Albert Hall in May brought a full house to cheer him; but left him unsatisfied, conscious of some fouled communication line. Leonard Cohen does not seem a natural for the Isle of Wight pop festival. But there he is with his songs of anger and love and revolution.

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Eva Claudia Schweitzer: White Spots

Eva Claudia Schweitzer: White Spots | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Sometimes, if only rarely, a political author stays fresh over time, over a long time. One of those is Kurt Tucholsky. Tucholsky was a German Jew born in 1890s Berlin who took his own life in 1935, in Sweden. He would have been a standup comedian in different times; he covered the theatre, the cabaret, wrote poems, went on dates with actresses and liked to have fun with friends. He was a Liberal in the best sense.

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Jahandad Memarian: Same Old Policies: Obama on Iran Is Bush All Over Again

Jahandad Memarian: Same Old Policies: Obama on Iran Is Bush All Over Again | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Reading the book Indispensable Nation, written by Vali Nasr, Dean of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, helps us assess President Obama's first-term approach to the challenges the U.S. has faced regarding its relationship with Iran, particularly in light of the country's nuclear program.

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Lisa Spinelli: Operation Hopeless

Lisa Spinelli: Operation Hopeless | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

An excerpt from The CIA Life, a tentatively-titled book by Lisa Spinelli:

An unease grew in John Spinelli, deputy chief of station for the CIA in Mogadishu. His stomach knotted itself into a giant wad of apprehension. Something didn't feel right, but there was no turning back now. He had to move on -- his career depended on it.

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Every Movie To See This Fall

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NEW YORK — Tom Hanks didn't know where the cameras were.

"Captain Phillips," a based-on-a-true-story tale about a cargo ship taken by Somali pirates, was Hanks' first time working with Paul Greengrass, the "United 93" and "Bourne Identity" director known for his visceral, documentary-like filmmaking. Hanks, who plays the titular captain in a performance sure to be hailed as one of his best, had been warned by Matt Damon about the chaos of Greengrass's unblocked, naturalistic approach.

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Ryon Harms: Why I Quit My Happy Life

Ryon Harms: Why I Quit My Happy Life | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Last week I quit my rewarding job at a respected company. I moved out of my dream place on the sand in Malibu. I left a life that took years of persistent work to create. Was it worth it? I'm not sure, but I'm heading full speed towards the answer.

Quitting and moving out weren't the biggest risks I've taken. That happened 12 years ago when my girlfriend, Laurie, was given two years left to live by her neurosurgeon. The next day I asked her to marry me. She was fun, beautiful and profound. Over the next 10 years she taught me some fundamental truths about the Universe. Before she escaped her body she gave me a daughter.

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Kristen Lamb: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by doing. Here are some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn't even get to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

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Cate Blanchett's New Love Interest

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Any actor or actress who turns down the opportunity to star as Cate Blanchett's love interest is a mystery to us, so count Mia Wasikowska as the newest Hollywood enigma. The "Jane Eyre" actress has bowed out of the lesbian love-affair drama "Carol," with Rooney Mara stepping in to replace her, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Carol," directed by Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven" and "I'm Not There"), depicts an unhappily married woman in 1950s New York (Blanchett) who longs to leave her husband behind but fears losing her daughter. She falls for a department-store employee who also pines for a better life (Mara).

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Ayan Mahamoud: Somaliland: Host to One of the World's Most Remarkable Artistic Gatherings

Ayan Mahamoud: Somaliland: Host to One of the World's Most Remarkable Artistic Gatherings | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

It may not be as big as Edinburgh's summer festival or as long established as the now 25-year-old Hay event but the Hargeisa International Book Fair can lay claim to being one of the world's most remarkable artistic gatherings. For the annual Fair is attracting a growing number of authors and artists to the Horn of Africa - a region usually in the international news for famine, conflict and piracy rather than animated discussions about the arts.

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As £188m Library of Birmingham opens, others continue to struggle

As £188m Library of Birmingham opens, others continue to struggle | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Austerity-struck council leaders are being forced to close, or at best consolidate, library services to save money.

The new £188m Birmingham Library will open with a fanfare to the public next Tuesday, with 400,000 new books – nearly twice the previous library's capacity – and an eye-catching design by Dutch architects Mecanoo.

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Amnesty teen takeover: Annabel Pitcher on writing about the death penalty for teens

Amnesty teen takeover: Annabel Pitcher on writing about the death penalty for teens | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

As part of the Amnesty teen takeover, we're running interviews between authors who have written about human rights issues for teens and an Amnesty youth award winner.

The fifth and final interview in the series is with Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, who tackled the death penalty, guilt and retribution in her latest book Ketchup Clouds. Interview by Isla Ratcliff, who won an Amnesty protest song award for her composition about the death penalty.
Did you always want to write for young people?

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Famous for all the wrong reasons

Famous for all the wrong reasons | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

This great man of American letters should be judged by his body of work and the success of his students, not by his editing of Raymond Carver.

Now approaching his 80th year, the writer, teacher and editor Gordon Lish has dedicated his life to redefining the frontiers of American fiction. It's no overstatement to say that Lish is to the second half of the 20th century what Gertrude Stein was to the first. Mention Lish to most readers, though, and they'll react in one of two ways: if not with a flummoxed "Who?" then worse, with an "Oh … do you mean the guy who chopped Raymond Carver?"

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The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant - review

The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant - review | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

'I think the book would have been better written in French!'.

The Things We Did for Love is a romantic love story, which takes place in France during the Second World War.

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Alabama Republican Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book

Alabama Republican Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

An Alabama legislator who does not support efforts to repeal the sweeping U.S. education initiative known as the Common Core Standards says he believes the reading list issued in conjunction with the standards needs to be revised.

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Heather Kopp: Not Another Recovery Memoir

Heather Kopp: Not Another Recovery Memoir | Publishing News Industry | Scoop.it

Since the release of my recovery memoir in May (Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk (Hachette/Jericho), I'm often asked why I wrote it. I mean, does the world really need another recovery memoir? What's so special about my story? And anyway, why would I want to share such embarrassing stuff with the world?

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