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Saturday Night Live The Book: The Complete History, On Stage & Behind The Scenes

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On October 11, 1975 at 11:30 p.m., NBC viewers who tuned in to the network’s new late night show saw a sketch featuring John Belushi repeating, in a thick foreign accent, nonsensical phrases about wolverines being read to him by head writer Michael O’Donohue. Abruptly, O’Donohue clutched his heart and collapsed onto the floor. Belushi paused, raised his eyebrow, and then did the same. Posing as the stage manager, Chevy Chase entered the set and feigned confusion before breaking character and announcing to the camera: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

In that instant, television, which had long been out of touch with the young and hip, experienced the first seismic tremors of a major paradigm shift. TV comedy as we know it today owes it all to Saturday Night Live, the show that dared to take risks (not least the fact that it’s broadcast live), challenge the censors, and celebrate the work of offbeat writer-performers. Hundreds of gifted and dedicated people have contributed to Saturday Night Live over the years, and this book pays homage to their groundbreaking work. The list of esteemed alumni, most of whom were complete unknowns when they debuted on SNL, reads like a Who’s Who of the past 4 decades in comedy: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Al Franken, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader—to name just a few.

Now, as SNL celebrates its 40th anniversary, TASCHEN brings you the ultimate tribute to the show. To research Saturday Night Live: The Book, editor and author Alison Castle was given not only full access to SNL’s archives, but also the rare opportunity to watch the cast and crew at work. She spent the better part of season 39 in the trenches, learning how everything comes together in just six days for the live performance. Part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour, Saturday Night Live: The Book covers both the making of the show and its remarkable history.

Features include:

- Over 2,300 images from SNL’s archives, many previously unpublished

- An illustrated breakdown of the 6-day week at SNL through the years, with an expanded section for the live show

- Seasons reference guide with complete cast, host, and musical guest lists

- Exclusive interview with founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels

The 500 page hardcover will retail for $50 and be released in February 2015.

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Scholastic Releases Exclusive Images From Upcoming Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

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Scholastic this week released four exclusive new images from the eagerly anticipated fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jim Kay, the images show major characters from the Harry Potter books—Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley plus Hogwarts.

Published globally on October 6, 2015, the deluxe hardcover edition will be full color throughout and will include an elegant ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. This will be the first time that a fully illustrated Harry Potter book has been published. Many of the original Harry Potter publishers around the globe will be joining the US and the UK in bringing this illustrated edition to life and it is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it,” said Kay. “The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.” Over 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books have sold worldwide and the series continues to appear on bestseller lists in the U.S. Scholastic plans to publish fully illustrated editions—one per year—of each of the seven Harry Potter books.

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Plans For A Limited TV Series Adaptation Based On Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Trilogy Announced

Plans for a limited TV series adaptation based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy have been announced. The series will be written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jack Bender. A network has not yet been announced for distribution of the series.

Sonar Entertainment will develop Stephen King’s bestselling novel Mr. Mercedes as a limited series for television. David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) is attached to write the script and Jack Bender (Lost) will direct. Both will also serve as executive producers, as will Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey and Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein.

Mr. Mercedes, which King describes as his first hard-boiled detective tale, was published by Scribner in June. The story focuses on a psychopathic killer who commits mass murder by driving his Mercedes into a crowd and the recently retired cop who makes it his mission to bring him down. Mr. Mercedes is the first of a projected trilogy.  The second novel, Finders Keepers, will be published by Scribner in May of this year.

“This is an amazing opportunity to adapt a script from material penned by one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished authors,” said Kelley. “Mr. Mercedes is a great story that will translate beautifully to the screen if I don’t mess it up.”

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Patton Oswalt: My Life in 10 Movies

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Part addiction memoir and part first-person history of the era’s alt-comedy boom, ‘Silver Screen Fiend’ is Patton Oswald’s attempt to detail his celluloid junkie phase and reconcile a four-year period spent in the dark. With that in mind, Rolling Stone asked Oswalt to share 10 films that influenced him most. From silent-horror flicks to, of course, ‘Star Wars,’ click HERE to see the movies that changed his life.

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DC Collectibles To Release Superman & Batman Bookends In May 2015

When the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight team up for the task of holding your graphic novel library in place, who gets top billing? Superman or Batman? Let’s face it, friendships have been destroyed over less. Therefore, DC Collectibles is leaving that decision entirely up to you with their new set of adjustable bookends. Place Superman and Batman on either end, turn them to face forward, sideways or backward… It’s all up to you!

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The Superman and Batman (or Batman and Superman) Bookends will be available at a comic book or specialty store near you in May, 2015.

Each one measures approximately  8.75″ tall and will retail for 299.95 US.

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Books To Benefit Announces Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Edition By Stewart O’Nan & Stephen King

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Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. As it happened, they would also witness the greatest comeback ever in sports and the first Red Sox championship in eighty-six years. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other became a fan’s notes for the ages. And now, ten years later, this special edition will allow fans everywhere to relive that magical season one more time.

Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Edition is the debut title from Books to Benefit, a new specialty press that works with bestselling authors to publish collectible Limited Edition books to raise funds and awareness for good causes.

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A minimum of thirty percent of the retail price from this special edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation and to organizations that promote cancer care and research. The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists. The authors also support cancer care and research organizations such as The Jimmy Fund in Boston, Massachusetts. You can donate directly to The Haven Foundation via their website and to The Jimmy Fund via their website.

Limitation Information:

- Slipcased Deluxe Hardcover Gift Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 1,500 copies printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a fine Smyth-sewn binding, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, illustrated endpapers, and housed in a deluxe slipcase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($85)

- Signed & Traycased Deluxe Hardcover Limited Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 448 hand-numbered copies personally signed by Stewart O’Nan, printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a fine Smyth-sewn binding, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, illustrated endpapers, and housed in a custom deluxe traycase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($225)

- Signed & Traycased Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 52 hand-lettered copies signed by Stewart O’Nan, printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a hand-bound “three piece” binding with a special Japanese book cloth and a fine leather, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, imported French marbled endpapers, and housed in a deluxe hand-made custom traycase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($750)

For more information about this very special publcation please go to: http://www.bookstobenefit.net

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Comic Book Legend Stan Lee To Discuss His New Novel Convergence At Barnes & Noble At The Grove On January 31, 2015

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Barnes & Noble at The Grove is honored to welcome legendary comic creator, Stan Lee, when he visits on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2PM, to discuss Convergence.

In his first prose novel, factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world. (This is a wristbanded event. Please note that B&N will have pre-signed copies of Convergence for sale on the day of the event. Stan Lee will not be signing books on-site.)

The first volume in a planned trilogy stars Steven Lee, a teenager whose quiet visit to a Chinese museum catapults him unexpectedly into a fierce battle for control of the world. Fortunately, this involuntary global warrior soon receives assistance from an able team of uniquely talented allies. With Andie Tong’s lively black-and-white battle drawings, The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence emerges as an impressive series starter.

More information about the event HERE.

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Silver Screen Fiend By Patton Oswalt Due On January 6, 2015

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Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone’s mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt’s New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers—Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.

Here is what Patton had to say about his second book:

“I wrote another book. I’m very happy with my first one, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, but it had lots of flaws. My lack of confidence in simple memoir being the biggest. I hid behind too much cleverness – abstract comedic concepts, short, gimmicky chapters and zippy graphics. The parts that popped ended up being the parts where I simply poured out memories on paper. Working at a movie theater. A nightmare stand-up tour in Surrey, British Columbia. My schizophrenic Uncle Pete. 

So this new one – Silver Screen Fiend – is looser but better structured. It’s about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I’d just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed. 

And helping – and often hindering – my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict’s appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters. 

How did I keep my job at MAD TV for two seasons on three hours sleep a night? How did a photo of me in drag wind up on a Tool tour T-shirt the night before I shot the King of Queens pilot? Why did I have a two hour crying jag in Amsterdam in 1997? Why does my movie debut involve me walking off of a submerged submarine? Why did Jerry Lewis threaten me with a lawsuit – or did he? Why was I ultimately wrong in my contempt for George Lucas? 

Find out the answers to these and even more un-important questions when you read Silver Screen Fiend. There will be a book signing/stand-up tour that will go with it. Those dates are going to be announced soon. A lot of cities – West Coast, East Coast, Deep South and right in the goddamned heartland of America – are going to be very happy.”

The 256 page hardcover book will be released on January 6, 2015.

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The Christmas Star By Christopher Fahy

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Here is the perfect suggestion for a holiday gift, The Christmas Star by Christopher Fahy. This heartwarming holiday story of life changing events, finds one man in a unique situation to discover what life is truly about.

When a man is rescued from his snow bank car accident, he meets a family that doesn’t have much, but indeed has everything. His self discovery with this family brings us the wonderful and enlightening tale of The Christmas Star. Real estate mogul Russell Dodge has coveted Maine’s pristine Sheffield Peak for years, so when its owner finally decides to sell, Dodge hurries to Maine to close the deal right before Christmas. On his drive to the plane that will take him back to Manhattan, he daydreams about his plans to turn the Peak into an opulent ski resort with a three hundred room hotel, two restaurants, a health club, condos and much more. Euphoric, he takes narrow Sheffield road to the airport instead of the highway in order to catch one more look at his prize—a fateful decision that sparks a traumatic turn of events that sends him into a very different world from the one he has always known, a world where people don’t have much—just everything that matters—and makes him question the way he has always lived.

A tale of hope, love and humanity.

The 102 page book can be ordered HERE in paperback or on Kindle.

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Stephen King & Peter Straub To Write Talisman 3 In 2015

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Yesterday at a reading in Washington, DC, Stephen King provided some news  regarding the long awaited third Talisman book.

King confirmed that the series was intended to be a trilogy and that he had already worked out the framework for the third book. King and Straub plan on writing Talisman 3 in 2015.

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The Talisman is a 1984 fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer embarks on an epic quest–a walk from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the California coast–to find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life. Jack’s journey takes him into the Territories, a parallel medieval universe, where most people from his own universe have analogs called “twinners.” The queen of the Territories, Jack’s mother’s twinner, is also dying.

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King and Straub followed up in 2001 with a sequel, Black House. In this sequel to The Talisman, Jack Sawyer is now in his late thirties and has taken early retirement from the LAPD, retreating to a small town in Wisconsin. He has no memory of his adventures as a twelve-year-old boy, when he traveled into a parallel universe in search of the talisman that would save his mother’s life. A series of murders involving young children force him out of retirement. There is more to these cases than murder, though, and Jack must retrieve his childhood memories to rescue the latest victim, who is coveted by the killer’s evil overlord, a powerful force from End-World, in Roland the gunslinger’s universe.

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