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First Look: Here Is The Cover Of Harper Lee’s New Novel ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Coming July 14

In early February, the world was shocked by the news that reclusive author Harper Lee will publish her first book in 55 years this summer after she famously made clear she never intended to release another book after her literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird. You may recall there has been some discussion as to whether or not Lee was being exploited for financial gain by her new attorney, who seems ALL TOO HAPPY that this new book has been found and will be published. In any event, outside of all the controversy, Lee‘s new novel Go Set A Watchman is being released in July and today we get our first look at the book cover. Click below to see the cover artwork for Harper Lee‘s Go Set A Watchman as we wait for the July 14 release date to arrive. More »

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‘Star Wars’ Will Introduce Its First Lesbian Character In The New Novel ‘Lords Of The Sith’

"An Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes"

On April 28, a Star Wars novel titled Lords of the Sith will be released and it will feature the first lesbian character in the Star Wars canon. Author Paul S. Kemp revealed this news in a tweet where he explains that the creation of this character wasn’t done to appease any “demographic group”. He says this character, named Delian Mors, just happens to be gay … it’s just part of her character description which also describes her as “an imperial who has made some very serious mistakes“. I have to admit, altho I am a huge Star Wars fan, I’ve never read any of the novelization books so I was unaware that LGBT characters have already been introduced in the canon … news of this first lesbian character has clued me in to the rich diversity that exists in these books … and I love it! Read on to learn more about this new lesbian character who will come to life when Lords of the Sith is released in April. More »

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Get Ready To See Octavia Spencer As God In The Adaptation Of ‘The Shack’

UM WHAT?! Yes.

Ages ago I heard about this movie and I was really excited, partly because Oprah Winfrey was going to play God… and that casting decision made a lot of sense to me. I’d also told myself to hurry up and read the book before the movie came out, so I still have to get myself a copy of The Shack. I’m not sure if any of you have read it, but it sounds really interesting, and I suspect the movie adaptation will be pretty fascinating as well. However, since I heard about the production last year, there’s been a casting change—and I have to say I’m equally excited (maybe even more so) to see Octavia Spencer take on the role. It’s not final yet, but it looks like it’s happening. Click inside for more!

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Surprise! A Recently Discovered NEW Dr. Seuss Book Is Being Published This Summer

Dr. Seuss is the new Harper Lee

It would appear that recently discovered “new” old books getting published is the new thing because today we learn that a newly discovered Dr. Seuss book has been found and will go into publication this July. As you may recall, an unpublished book by Harper Lee was recently discovered by her attorney and is scheduled for release later this year. Now Dr. Seuss is getting in on the “new” old book trend, despite his death in 1991. This new book is titled What Pet Should I Get? and is said to have been written by Seuss (real name Theodor Geisel) sometime between 1958 and 1962. Click below to see the cover of this new Dr. Seuss book and learn more about it’s forthcoming release. More »

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What Does Madonna’s Critique Of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Have To Do With Drake?

One writer has made a fascinating connection

Right now, people everywhere are watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie. As you all know, I have been oddly and unabashedly excited about this film since we first learned about it way back when. And I’ll be seeing it this Sunday, because that is what the Sabbath day is for. I plan to laugh, cringe, and totally enjoy myself. I’m not sure that I’ll be turned on at all, but I look forward to being pleasantly surprised. I’ve been browsing through reviews a bit, PITNBr fab4runner has already given her critique of the film on my Instagram account, so I’m psyched. And now Madonna herself has joined in on the Fifty Shades of conversation, which somehow became a conversation about Drake. Click inside for more!
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Harper Lee’s Attorney Gives An Extensive Interview About The Newly Discovered Book ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Harper Lee herself has yet to be seen or heard from directly

It’s been a few days since the literary world was stunned by the news that a previously unreleased/unknown book manuscript written by To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee was discovered and will be published this summer and, thus far, we’ve only been hearing from Lee‘s attorney about this new book. The initial press release announcement included quotes from Harper Lee, as relayed by her attorney Tonja B. Carter. A couple of days later, more quotes came from Lee … again, via her attorney Carter. Today, The New York Times has published an extensive interview that offers “more details on the discovery” of this new Harper Lee book … the interview, of course, is with Tonja B. Carter. Since this new book discovery was announced, we have not heard from Harper Lee directly but, clearly, her attorney is happy to talk about the book at length. More »

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A New Statement Released On Behalf Of Harper Lee Says She Is ‘Happy As Hell’ Over Reactions Of Her New Book

Statement via her attorney Tonja Carter

Earlier this week, we learned that reclusive author Harper Lee will be publishing her first book in 55 years this summer — only her second book after her literary classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In my previous blog post, I voiced concerns over suspicions that this previously unpublished book is being released without Lee‘s express permission considering the 88 year old author has been unwell in recent years and is deaf and blind. All information about this new book, Go Set A Watchman, is coming from Lee’s new attorney Tonja Carter … who recently took over her business affairs after the death of Harper‘s older sister and longtime attorney/protector Alice Lee. Today, we get a new statement released in Harper Lee‘s name that is meant to refute concerns that she is being exploited but, then again, this new statement comes solely from Lee‘s attorney as Harper Lee declined all interview requests from everyone. Harper Lee, according to this new statement, is “happy as Hell” over reactions about her new book … apparently. More »

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A Night With Neil & The Joker

The TV Guide

One of my fave authors, Neil Gaiman, released his third collection of short stories yesterday titled Trigger Warning so I decided to reserve my night so that I could start reading the book. I absolutely LOVE Gaiman‘s novels but his short story collections (Smoke & Mirrors and Fragile Things) are among my fave books of all time. It’s a treat to be able to read little bits of Neil Gaiman over time rather than gorging on one big story. I read some of Neil last night and then watched a bit of TV. Last night’s episode of The Flash got me in the mood to read some comic books and, well, my night was a veritable geekapalooza. More »

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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Author Harper Lee Will Release Her First Book In 55 Years

But is the elderly author being exploited for financial gain?

Earlier today it was announced that 88 year old author Harper Lee, the woman who wrote the literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird 55 years ago and never published another book, was readying the release of a book titled Go Set a Watchman that she wrote before Mockingbird. The news has been met with almost total jubilation from fans of Mockingbird. But, it should be noted that the circumstances surrounding the release of this “new” book appear questionable. Lee, in her advanced age, is no longer in the care of her sister and attorney Alice Lee who passed away 2 1/2 months ago. Suddenly, after Alice‘s death and all these decades after she published her only book, the famously private Harper Lee has decided to release an unpublished work that no one even heard about until now? As exciting as a new Harper Lee book may sound, I can’t help but feel that this beloved author is being exploited by others (her new attorney, her publisher) for financial gain. More »

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Entirely Fascniated By Wonder Woman’s Secret History

The TV Guide

Because I have a very busy weekend ahead of me, I decided to stay in yesterday and get some stuff done around the house and generally relax. I’ll be running 3 races during the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Anaheim, CA this weekend so I opted for a night in last night. I managed to finish reading a fascinating book about the creation of Wonder Woman and I’m happy to share that it is a book that I would heartily recommend to anyone. I had a very loose understanding of WW‘s origins and an even looser understanding of her creator Charles Moulton (real name William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector) but now that I’ve read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lapore, I have an excellent understanding of the people who created and inspired the character and a better appreciation for what the character represents. More »

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