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Real Happiness

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Last night my friend Lisa took me as her guest to a book signing/discussion event hosted by the amazing Sharon Salzberg. Salzberg is a much-beloved teacher and author who has touched the lives of so many with her insights about meditation and mindfulness. Her book Real Happiness is a fantastic introduction to her teachings on meditation (which I became interested in last year at the suggestion of my friend Tamar) so I was very interested in hearing her discuss her new book Real Happiness at Work. The gathering was held at a private residence so it was an intimate way to hear Sharon speak and offered the opportunity to talk with her one on one. More »

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Shel Silverstein’s ‘The Giving Tree’ Will Be Released As An E-Book

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 »

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Book ‘Wild’

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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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The ‘American Gods’ TV Series Is Still In The Works

No longer at HBO, 'Gods' will be produced by Freemantle

Back in June of 2011, we learned that the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods was being developed into a TV series for HBO. Since that time, the plan to bring Gods to the small screen languished and then seemed to wither away. Today we learn the very good news that the project is still very much alive. American Gods is no longer in the hands of HBO and is now being produced by Freemantle Entertainment (the company that produces American Idol and The Tomorrow People on The CW) so it’s still headed for our small screens. As a huge Gaiman fan, I am very happy to learn that the project is still very much alive. More »

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J.K. Rowling Says She Regrets Putting Ron & Hermione Together Romantically In The ‘Harry Potter’ Books

Should Hermione have ended up with Harry?!

Over the weekend portions of a new interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling emerged that will likely strike the heart of Harry Potter fans the world over. In an interview with Wonderland magazine between Rowling and actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films), Rowling confesses that she now regrets putting Hermione together romantically with Ron Weasley! Apparently, she now thinks that she should’ve put Hermione together with Harry. What?! After you pick yourself up off the floor, Harry Potter diehards, continue on to read exactly what she was quoted as saying. More »

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First Look: FX Releases A Teaser For Their New Series ‘The Strain’

Del Toro's book comes to life Death this Summer
He Is Here

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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Morrissey Is Working On A New Album AND A Debut Novel

"I have my hopes."

Now that Morrissey has enjoyed smashing success with the release of his autobiography, it appears that the man has been inspired to create more art. Not only has Moz revealed that he is working on a new album but he tells us that he is also working on his debut novel. Morrissey answered a bunch of questions posed to him by fans on his semi-official website and broke the news regarding new music and a new book. Click below to learn more about Morrissey‘s plans for 2014 … from Morrissey himself. More »

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Get Ready For A New Textbook On ‘The Cultural Impact Of Kanye West’

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.
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J.K. Rowling Is Producing A ‘Harry Potter’ Stage Play

Before Hogwart's

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 »

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David Beckham Signs Copies Of His Autobiography In London

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David Beckham made an in-person appearance at a Waterstones book store in London, England earlier today to sign copies of his just-released autobiography David Beckham. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I didn’t even know that Becks was publishing his autobiography, let alone that it has already been released. But, I can assure you that I will get my hands on this book as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I shall content myself with this gallery of photos from Becks‘s book signing in Picadilly. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos as well :)

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