First Time Ever
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of 4 of Shel Silverstein‘s most popular books, Harper Collins is releasing one of his books in e-book format. Silverstein has never even allowed his books to ever be released in paperback format so this e-book thing is very special. On February 18, the classic book The Giving Tree will be made available electronically for the first time ever … possibly making itself available to an entire new generation of readers. More »
The TV Guide
A few months ago my friend Tamar and I were talking about the possibility of reviving the Turtle Party Book Club. Some of you readers may recall that a few years ago, a bunch of us got together to start a book club where we picked a book to read each month and discussed it … but what actually happened was that some of us read the book and most of us just liked to get together for a monthly hang session. In the past few weeks, Tam managed to pull together a group of interested parties and it looks like we are going to give the book club thing another go. The consensus was that we would read the 2012 memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed as our first selection (so that we could get the book read before the movie comes out later this year). Last night I spent some time reading Wild and, yeah, I think we made a great choice going with this book. More »
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Del Toro's book comes to
life Death this Summer
Back in the summer of 2009, I fell in LOVE with a book titled The Strain that was written by film director Guillermo Del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The Strain was book 1 of a vampire trilogy of books that remains one of the scariest reads I’ve ever read. Unlike the schmaltzy romance of the Twilight books or the classic romance of Dracula, The Strain Trilogy is straight up horror. I devoured each of the 3 books as soon as they were released and this summer, all these years later, The Strain will come to life on the small screen in a new TV series on FX. Click the embed above to watch a short teaser video that briefly introduces the new series. Since the show won’t debut until July, you have plenty of time to read The Strain ahead of the series premiere. Honestly, tho, the action that takes place in The Strain should unfold nicely for those of you who have not read the book. I’m curious to see how the book will be adapted for TV but I have no doubt that will Del Toro and Hogans‘s involvement, the series will keep the scary spirit of the books alive. Any fans of The Strain out there? Are you excited for this TV series?
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I Wasn't Consulted... But I'm Still Psyched
Well folks, someone beat me to it. This is why you need to follow your dreams and pursue every idea you have! Otherwise one day you’ll find out that someone is living your dream life and writing your dream books. Julian Bailey has edited a new textbook titled The Cultural Impact Of Kanye West, and I can’t believe he never called me once to discuss my theories! Whatever. It’s fine. I’ll write a better book in 5-7 years. It’s fine. I’m fine. Click inside to learn more about my new favorite, forthcoming book.
Back in September we learned that author J.K. Rowling is working on writing a Harry Potter spin-off movie that will focus on minor characters from her hugely successful book series. Today we learn that she is also writing a new stage play that will feature her beloved, most famous character Harry Potter. BUT, lest you think this new play will focus on Harry‘s adventures with witchcraft and wizardry you should know that the play will be a prequel to the events that take place in the very first Harry Potter book. Rowling‘s new Potter project will focus on the character’s days living with his Muggle family before he learned of his magical heritage. More »