Cover Revealed for Eat Pray Love Essay Anthology

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The cover has been unveiled for Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. This essay anthology, slated for release on March 29, features essays from people who found inspiration to go on adventures after reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir.

The publisher, Riverhead Books, hosted a contest last summer to find pieces for the collection and received almost 2,000 submissions. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

In an interview with People Magazine, Gilbert revealed that she “just sat for a day and read the essays and I was in tears. To sit down and just read story after story after story – you start to see what connects all those stories and what connected them to my story. It was really touching and a really powerful experience for me.”

Nancy Drew Series in the Works at CBS

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Nancy Drew (GalleyCat)CBS has given the greenlight for a Nancy Drew television series. The Atlantic reports that the production team does not plan to stay completely faithful to this popular children’s book series.

In this adaptation, Nancy Drew will be a 30-year-old who works as a detective for the New York Police Department. Glenn Geller, the president of CBS Entertainment, has stated the crew is open to an actress of any ethnicity to play the titular character.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Nancy Drew first appeared in books in 1930 and was originally created by Edward Stratemeyer. The beloved books have been ghostwritten by a series of authors and published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The character has evolved in the decades since, though the original series — Nancy Drew Mystery Stories — ran from 1930 to 2003. The franchise has included spinoff series including Nancy Drew Files and collaborations with the Hardy Boys.”

J.K. Rowling Reveals What She Told Alan Rickman About Snape

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Severus Snape (GalleyCat)Many years ago, Alan Rickman chatted with J.K. Rowling to learn more about Severus Snape, a character he would play for a decade in the Harry Potter film franchise. In a goodbye letter that Rickman wrote to honor the conclusion of the movie series (published in Empire magazine back in 2011), his conversation with Rowling contained “one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume.”

In his lifetime, Rickman never divulged the details about that clue. Recently, in light of the actor’s passing, one Twitter user asked Rowling what exactly she told him that convinced him to become the Hogwarts Potions Master. According to Vanity Fair, the Harry Potter series author shared that she told him “what lies behind the word ‘always.'”

People Magazine reports that like so many within the Harry Potter community, Rowling has been mourning Rickman. She posted a message on Twitter to express her devastation and sadness that “we have all lost a great talent.” Below, we’ve collected several relevant tweets in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via International Business Times)

Villains Gather Together in The Flash Trailer

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The CW has unleashed a new extended trailer for The Flash. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Grant Gustin playing the speedster hero.

Here’s more from Screen Crush: “There’s little standing in the way of The Flash’s 2016 return with Tuesday’s ‘Potential Energy,’ but the future has plenty more obstacles to throw at the team. Catch a better look at Killer Frost and Deathstorm in action, along with new looks at Wally West and the Reverse Flash’s return in a new universe-ending trailer!”

Other cast members include Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. The forthcoming episode will air on Jan. 19. (via IGN.com)

Caitlyn Jenner Inks Deal With Grand Central Publishing

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Caitlyn Jenner (GalleyCat)Caitlyn Jenner has signed a deal with the Hachette Book Group division, Grand Central Publishing. She (pictured, via) plans to write a memoir about her transition as a transgender woman.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Buzz Bissinger, the journalist who wrote a Vanity Fair story on Jenner back in June 2015, has agreed to collaborate with Jenner to write this book. The publisher has set the release date for Spring 2017.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “The book will cover Ms. Jenner’s childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold- medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her first two marriages and her troubled relationship with her children; her marriage to Kris Kardashian, the matriarch of the Kardashian brood; her transition and her experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman. In a statement released by Grand Central, Ms. Jenner said she hoped the book would help her to process all that’s happened to her in the past year, and in the decades leading up to her transition.” (via USA Today)

National Book Critics Circle 2015 Finalists

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The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their 2015 book awards. The winners will be announced on March 17, 2015 at the New School in New York.
Wendell Berry is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Kirstin Valdez Quade‘s story collection, Night at the Fiestas, has won the third annual John Leonard Prize. Carlos Lozada, associate editor and nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post, will receive the 2015 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

The fiction finalists are:

1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
3. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
4. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
5. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

The non-fiction finalists are:
1. SPQR: A History of Rome by Mary Beard
2. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
3. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
4. Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
5. What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert

Follow this link for the complete listings in autobiography, biography, criticism, and poetry.

Missing Hong Kong Bookseller is in China

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Lee Bo, one of the Hong Kong book publishers who recently went missing, is reportedly in China.

Five employees of the Hong Kong publisher The Mighty Current disappeared in late December after the publisher planned a book that was critical of the Chinese government. Last week, the company dropped the book. Chinese police confirmed that Bo was in custody in China through a strange “confession letter”. Bloomberg has more:

Police in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong sent a letter to Hong Kong authorities stating that the bookseller, Lee Bo, was in China, Hong Kong police said on the government’s website. Chinese authorities also enclosed a letter from Lee similar to one he sent to his wife that was reproduced by Hong Kong media on Monday, the statement said.

The news comes a day after Gui Minhai, the Swedish citizen who also worked for the publishing house and went missing in Thailand, made a bizarre resurfacing with a strange confession on China’s state television CCTV.

Germans Prefer Reading to Streaming Movies

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More than half of Germans read a print book at least once a week, while only 17 percent of the country’s citizens use movie streaming services or read e-books weekly, according to a new report.

However, the survey from YouGov also revealed that 89 percent of Germans still admit to watching television at least once a week. Here is more from The Local:

A total of 53 percent of Germans said they’d bought themselves a book over the last six months, while 38 percent said they’d done so as a gift for another person.

The research also found that only 13 percent of Germans said they could live without books.

Cameron Diaz Reveals Cover for New Book

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LongevityBookFinal-872x1024Actress Cameron Diaz has revealed the cover for her upcoming book, The Longevity Book, a book on aging.

The Hollywood star is featured on the book’s cover wearing only light make-up with her hair tied back in the image. She revealed the cover on Instagram with the following note:

HELLO Again, Ladies! I am so excited I can barely contain myself!! As soon as I saw it myself, I wanted to share with you the cover of THE LONGEVITY BOOK. I am so proud of this book and very much looking forward to engaging us all in a new conversation about aging–how to do it with strength, grace, health and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you again for your beautiful submissions, which we’ll eventually get to show you as part of the cover beyond the cover; a perfect representation of women standing beside other women, as a united front, to stage change and incite progress. I can’t wait until hard copies hit the stands in April so we can really get started!! #thelongevitybook #theprivilegeoftime @thebodybook ox, Cameron