Archive for the Books Category

Catching Up With An Old Friend

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Last night I made my way out to Book Soup in West Hollywood to catch up with an old friend … who just so happened to be hosting a book reading and booksigning on her birthday. Actress/author Amber Benson and I go back a few years but it has been a long time since we’ve been able to hang out. We keep in touch via social media but I’m embarrassed to say that it’s been years since we’ve seen one another (I might have been blonde the last time I saw her). When I found out that she was doing a booksigning, I knew I had to head out to see and support her … which I did last night. More »

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Hitting The Books

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Because I’ve been putting off my reading list for far too long, I decided to spent part of my night in doing a bit of much-overdue reading last night. I’ve been so preoccupied with pretty much everything else going on that I’ve really neglected the books that have been piling up on my nightstand. And because I tend to only read in spurts, I figured now would be a good time to capitalize on my rekindled interest. Of the books that I’d like to get read in the next few weeks, I decided to start with A Million Miles by Amy Fleisher Madden. More »

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J.K. Rowling Shares A Draco Malfoy Story On Pottermore

"Draco’s feelings for Harry were always based ... on envy."

Last week, Harry Potter author JK Rowling released the first of 12 surprises from the Potter book series that she plans to release over the 12 days leading up to Xmas. Thus far, the surprises have been little more than small informative blurbs about lesser known characters and various places in the world of Harry Potter. Today, finally, JK brought the goods. The surprise available today is all about the Draco Malfoy character. By solving today’s riddle on the Pottermore website, readers are treated to a lot of illuminating information about the Draco character … something fans have been waiting for since this 12 days of Xmas thing was first announced. Read excerpts of today’s surprise below. More »

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Judy Blume Is Releasing A Book For Adults In June 2015

'In The Unlikely Event'

Beloved young adult author, responsible for some of the most important books of our childhood/teenage years, is coming back to us with a book written for adults set to be released next summer. Judy Blume, THE Judy Blume, has written a new novel titled In The Unlikely Event for we adults — her first in 15 years. Today we get to see the cover art for Blume‘s new book and we get to learn a bit about the plot details. Are you there, readers? It’s me Trent … passing along some really great book news!! More »

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J.K. Rowling Has Released The First Of 12 ‘Harry Potter’ Xmas Writings On Pottermore

It's not exactly a story

Earlier this month the world was THRILLED to learn that JK Rowling was planning to release 12 Harry Potter short stories for each of the 12 days leading up to Xmas. Later, it was clarified that Rowling is NOT planning to release stories, per se, but is actually planning to release 12 “surprises” that relate to the world of Harry Potter (which means the surprises can be anything from outtake plot details from the various Harry Potter books, previously unreleased biographical information of the various characters, etc.). Today, Rowling has unveiled the first of her 12 Harry Potter surprises on the Pottermore site which you can read in full … after you figure out the riddle below. More »

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Toni Morrisson Is Releasing A New Novel In 2015

'God Help The Child'

Toni Morrison, one of the greatest living authors of our time, is readying the release of a new novel that is scheduled to hit stores in April of next year. The Nobel Prize-winning author will release her 11th novel, titled God Help the Child, on April 30, 2015. Sadly I cannot say that I have read all of Morrison‘s books but I have read enough of them to know that she is a veritable treasure. Click below to learn more details about God Help the Child and get excited, y’all!! A new Toni Morrison book is cause for great celebration. More »

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A Conversation With Anne & Christopher Rice

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Last night I had the extreme pleasure of attending an in-person discussion between authors Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice at a book-signing for her new novel Prince Lestat. I was super excited to learn earlier this year that Anne would be writing about her beloved vampire characters again and when I found out that she would be appearing at a book-singing event here in LA, moderated by her son and my friend Christopher, I knew I had to be there. The authors conversed for about 45 minutes before questions were taken from the audience and then our books were signed. It was a really great night with a pair of really remarkable people. More »

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Yes, If You’re A Human Being, You Probably Need Therapy

#NormalizeIt

I was just getting ready to post another update about Amanda Bynes when it occurred to me that I didn’t really feel like doing that. I feel like talking about therapy, and why you probably need it. And by “you” I mean pretty much any human being who was raised by other human beings (who, probably, also needed therapy). I’ve written plenty about how much I believe we as individuals/people/members of society/members of the world need to make mental health a priority (like HERE, and HERE). Like many others, I honestly believe there would be less violence, less misogyny, less crappy parenting, and fewer crappy people if we mental health became a priority. Here’s why I’ve become so comfortable talking about therapy. Outsourcing is normal. When you need help with something, no one gives you shit for getting it. No one tells you to fix your break light on your own, if you don’t know shit about cars. No one tells you to fix your kids’ pneumonia if you don’t know shit about that. Same goes for problems in your house, clothes you want, plastic surgery you want—when you need help with something you get a professional for it. But we’re not allowed to say, “I need help with my self” because we’re supposed to know ourselves inside and out, and know how to fix ourselves when something’s wrong. Bullshit. We need therapy, and we need to #NormalizeTherapy. Please click inside for more.
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J.K. Rowling’s New ‘Harry Potter’ Hallowe’en Story Is Out!

Meet Dolores Umbridge

A week ago we learned that author JK Rowling would be releasing a new short story on Hallowe’en from the world of Harry Potter which focuses on the villainous Dolores Umbridge (who first appeared in the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Welp, it’s Hallowe’en and Rowling‘s story is LIVE on her official website Pottermore. This new short story is really more of a biography of the character … and it does include information that may be spoilery if you haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books. Click below to read an excerpt of this new JK Rowling story titled The Story of Dolores Jane Umbridge and get your NEW FIX of new Harry Potter lore. More »

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A Beyoncé Biography Is Coming

The Unauthorized Beyography

Famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli has set his sights on Beyoncé as the subject of his next unauthorized “tell-all” book which is due for publication next year. Many of you longtime celeb watchers might recognize Taraborrelli‘s name because he has written successful unauthorized biographies of Michael Jackson and Madonna back in the ’90s and now, it would appear, he is ready to take on Beyoncé‘s life and tell his version of it. Read on for more deets. More »

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