Want to Return to the Hundred Acre Wood?

                                  We all know and love the familiar story and characters of "Winnie-the-Pooh" and on October 5th, 2009 Dutton will publish the first authorized sequel of the beloved story! The sequel is titled "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood"and is written by David Benedictus and illustrated by … [Read more...]

Rare Peanuts Cartoon Likely to Get Big Bids

Good grief, Charlie Brown!  A recently found original Charles Schultz comic, which was hand-drawn and signed by the famous cartoonist is attracting major attention at a small rare-books auction house in California.  The comic strip is an April Fool's comic, apparently created in 1973.  "Why is this particular cartoon such a big deal?" you may … [Read more...]

Dhalgren

Is Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren the greatest science fiction novel ever written or one of the hidden gems of 20th century literary fiction? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. Originally published in 1975, the novel has been puzzling, shocking, and rewarding readers for more than 30 years. Formally innovative, dense, and lushly lyrical, … [Read more...]

“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” hits the small screen

   The Alexander McCall Smith series, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" makes it's small screen debut this Sunday on HBO at 8P.M. Read the review in the Wall Street Journal here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123810093798251423.html?mod=article-outset-box And the New York Times article here: … [Read more...]

First glimpse of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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I feel like I've been hearing about the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are forever, but at long last director Spike Jonze has given us the first trailer of the movie starring Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Forest Whitaker, and James Gandolfini. Check it out here. Judging by how long the whole process has taken and the … [Read more...]

Random House’s Crown unit inks 43, 44

Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, has reached book deals with the most recent and current occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Former President George W. Bush is at work on a memoir tentatively titled "Decision Points," due out in 2010, which will focus on 12 personal, political, and presidential decisions which defined his life … [Read more...]

A feast for the eyes

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Check out pictures of some of the most interesting bookstores in the world here. … [Read more...]

New Kate DiCamillo Book!

Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo’s eagerly awaited new novel, The Magician’s Elephant (Candlewick, Sept.), illustrated by Yoko Tanaka, continues to move forward. This week Candlewick revealed the cover art and announced a hefty first printing of 500,000 copies for the 208-page fable, in which a boy who learns from a fortuneteller that not only … [Read more...]

Gang Leader for a Day

  Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh is the culmination of a seven-year study of the infamous Robert Taylor Homes of Chicago during the 90's. Readers may recognize Venkatesh from a chapter of Freakonomics, where he dispels commonly held notions about crack dealers. As a first-year graduate … [Read more...]

The cutest GOOGLE logo ever.

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For those of you who don't use Google on a daily basis, whoever you may be: Happy 40th Anniversary to The Very Hungry Caterpillar! The book, published in 1969, still sells one copy every 30 seconds in the world, 40 years after it was originally published. Written and illustrated by Eric Carle (a graphic designer who later became art … [Read more...]