Joyce Maynard On Dating J.D. Salinger

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From THP: Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel, Labor Day, has been adapted into a feature film that hits theaters Jan. 31. The writer already has one other claim to fame: Long before she penned a book, she had an intimate relationship with J.D. Salinger. Maynard wrote in The New York Times last year: …people in positions [….]

Official Poster for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

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No need for anyone to make an odds/favor reference here: Lionsgate has released the first poster for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” and it will look familiar to all fans of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy. The third “Hunger Games” film is out in theaters on Nov. 21; the second half of the third [….]

New Wizard of Oz Adaptation Features Adult Dorothy (LINK)

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From THP: One of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created is getting another visit, as NBC has picked up “Emerald City” for 10 episodes. The series will feature a modern and more sophisticated examination of L. Frank Baum’s original 14 “Oz” books. In this iteration, Dorothy will be 20 years old and will find [….]

Big Foot Erotica?

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File this one under “No. Seriously?” NSFW (or life) warning below. From The Huffington Post: You know what they say about guys with big feet. Sasquatch-themed erotica has been around awhile, but the hilariously hairy phenomenon has lumbered its way into the mainstream. Last month, Business Insider spoke with Virginia Wade, an author whose specialty [….]

Word Love: Typography Playground in Chicago

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From The Huffington Post: It’s strange to think that although we encounter letters and numbers all the time, the little guys are normally confined to a page or a screen. That is, until one bold MFA student dared to take her ABCs out of the two-dimensional world and into her environment — the urban playground [….]

First Look: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Character, The Mountain

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From The Huffington Post: “Game of Thrones” fans, take a good hard look at The Mountain. The most pirated show of 2013 won’t be back on the air until spring, but its newest cast member, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, took to Instagram to reveal a character photo. Björnsson will play Gregor “The Mountain” Clegor, The Hound’s [….]

LINK: Amazon Pulls Anti-Gay Book

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From The Huffington Post: Notorious anti-gay pundit and Mission America founder Linda Harvey sparked outrage earlier this week she announced the sale of her new book Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality through Amazon. Now, after receiving numerous letters expressing shock and criticism, Amazon has yanked Harvey’s book from its virtual shelves, Back2Stonewall [….]

Your Brain on Books

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We love this post on the Huffington Post, which proves something we’ve long suspected: books are good for you. It’s no secret that reading is good for your brain. But what actually happens inside your brain when you read a great novel? “Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” Dr. [….]

Tolkien Film in the Works

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The life of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien will be the subject of an upcoming movie, giving fans a glimpse into the mind that imagined the wonderfully complex fictional worlds of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. According to the Los Angeles Times, the biopic will look at the late British writer’s life story and how it influenced his [….]

National Book Award Winners 2013

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The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, and Poetry. The winners are: Fiction: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride Nonfiction: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer Young People’s Literature: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Poetry: Incarnadine by Mary Szybist Perhaps the most notable [….]