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David Sedaris Inducted Into The American Academy of Arts and Letters

David Sedaris, is one of the new class of inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His membership safely confirmed, Sedaris joins an elite group which over the past century and a half has included Langston Hughes, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Updike. This year, the academy voted in 11 new members, among them the multimedia artist Meredith Monk, poet-playwright Claudia Rankine, poet-essayist Grace Schulman, author-essayist Ian Frazier, author-conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and violinist-composer Chen Yi.

Others include four Pulitzer Prize winners from a variety of fields: playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, fiction writer Edward P. Jones, historian Stacy Schiff and poet Natasha Trethewey.

An honor society founded in 1898, the academy has 240 core members, in the categories of books, music and art. New artists are voted in after previous ones die, with those dying over the past year including Philip Roth, Donald Hall and Ursula K. Le Guin.

New members will formally join in May, at a ceremony held at the academy’s complex in upper Manhattan, where composer David Del Tredici will give the keynote address. The academy will also hand out literary medals, and Rankine, Yi and Sedaris are among those who have been awarded in the past. Sedaris was honored last year with a Medal for Spoken Language.

David Sedaris is the bestselling author of the books Calypso, Theft By Finding, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.

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Stephen King Earned 27 Million Dollars in 2018

According to Forbes, Stephen King is the third highest paid author in 2018 earning $27 million. The king of horror sold 2.7 million domestic books, boosted by the success of the movie version of IT, adapted from his 1986 novel. King nearly doubled his earnings by collecting an eight-figure paycheck from the film, which grossed $700 million worldwide on a $35 million budget. The movie became the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie at the domestic box office, and the sequel, planned for next fall, could break that record again.

To formulate the rankings, Forbes looked at “all earnings estimates from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from NPD BookScan and Box Office Mojo, as well as interviews with industry insiders, including some of the authors themselves.” 

This year’s top-earning authors are:

1. James Patterson ($86 million)
2. J.K. Rowling ($54 million)
3. Stephen King ($27 million)
4. John Grisham ($21 million)
5. Jeff Kinney ($18.5 million)
5. Dan Brown ($18.5 million)
7. Michael Wolff ($13 million)
8. Danielle Steel ($12 million)
8. Nora Roberts ($12 million)
10. Rick Riordan ($10.5 million)
10. E.L James ($10.5 million)

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Brad Meltzer’s Official Book Tour Dates Announced For For ‘I Am Neil Armstrong’

Brad Meltzer will be touring in September to promote his new book, I Am Neil Armstrong.

Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon is the focus of the fifteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes.

Neil Armstrong is the first person to ever walk on the moon. But before he took those famous steps, he was a boy who loved airplanes. He learned how to fly, and when the space race began, he became a new kind of pilot: an astronaut. Now he could fly all the way to outer space. With bravery and patience, Neil and his team worked hard and, after many small steps, they took a giant leap together. They landed their lunar module on the moon.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.

As always, if you want a signed book, please call Books & Books at 305-442-4408. If you call before the event, Brad can personalize it and they’ll ship it to you. For those who attend any event, as always, you can bring whatever you want for Brad to sign: thrillers, comics, kids books, etc. Or bring a friend. Brad signs friends too.

Connecticut

Wednesday, September 12 – 6:30 PM
With artist Chris Eliopoulos
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443

Texas


Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 PM
Books-A-Million
5000 Katy Mills Cir #221
Katy, TX 77494

Louisville, KY


Friday, September 14 – 6:30 PM
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
106 W Brandeis Ave
Louisville, KY 40292 

Coral Gables, FL

Saturday, September 15 – 11:00 AM
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 

Tampa, FL

Saturday, September 15 – 6:00 PM
Inkwood Books
1809 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL 33602 

Tallahassee, FL

Sunday, September 16 – 2:00 PM
Challenger Learning Center
200 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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The Homes of 18 Legendary Writers

Writers’ homes are their sanctuaries—and frequently their inspiration. Whether it’s a Scottish farmhouse or a Massachusetts mansion, these homes capture the writers’ era and give a glimpse into their world. Many of the houses have been preserved as museums, from Ernest Hemingway’s tropical hideaway in Key West to Louisa May Alcott’s austere clapboard-style home in New England, allowing readers to visit the desks of their favorite authors.

Tour the homes of famous writers around the world and see where some of the most treasured works of literature (and some of their authors) were born. Click HERE to view more…

Stephen King

The author of roughly one hundred novels, Stephen King has cemented his place in the canon of American fiction. Who can argue the influence of such cult classics like The Shining (1977), It (1986), and Misery (1987), to name a few? Pictured is the author’s mansion in Bangor, Maine.

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The Last Word: Stephen King

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Stephen King’s newest novel End of Watch (which arrived in bookstores earlier this month) is the concluding chapter in his Mr. Mercedes trilogy, centered around a demented killer and the retired police officer obsessed with tracking him down.

The author spoke to Rolling Stone about his new book, his views on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the inspiration behind his next work and his favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Read the interview HERE.

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Majority of Stephen King’s Body of Work Acquired By Scribner/Simon & Schuster

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In a landmark publishing agreement, Stephen King’s publisher of twenty years Scribner has acquired North American and Open Market print, e-book, and audio rights to almost the entirety of the bestselling author’s body of work. The 27 titles in the agreement include classic Stephen King novels such as: IT, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and Firestarter; the novella collections Different Seasons and  Four Past Midnight; and the first four volumes of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. E-book and e-audio editions of the acquired titles will be available from Scribner and Simon & Schuster Audio beginning on January 1, 2016. Print editions in trade and mass market paperback from the Scribner, Pocket Books, and Gallery imprints will follow. News of the agreement was announced today by Nan Graham, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Scribner and Stephen King’s editor.

“It’s a no-brainer, really,” said Stephen King. “Good publishing and good relationships equals happy writers and long shelf life. I know from experience that this group of people—at Scribner, at Pocket, at Simon & Schuster Audio, and throughout the company—values the work I do, and wants to find as many readers as possible for the books I write, both now and in the future. Trusting them with this large body of work is my pleasure. We are excellent allies and good friends.”

“Since we first began publishing Stephen King with Bag of Bones, he has continually challenged and inspired us, bringing to us new and exciting books of astonishing range and variety, that are each and every one an event for reader and publisher alike,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  “So after nearly twenty years in which he has energized and touched nearly every part of our company, we well know and understand the strength and power of his backlist, and are simply overjoyed to have this rare opportunity to bring to Simon & Schuster this vibrant and vital catalog of Stephen’s earlier works.”

“As we are daily grateful to Scribner’s Max Perkins for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, our successors will be grateful to us for Stephen King, whose books will get under the skin of readers long after we are gone,” said Nan Graham. “Scribner is honored and thrilled to have published Steve for two decades, to look forward to a future of publishing him, and to take on this magnificent backlist. In addition to being one of the greatest storytellers of all time, Stephen King is a stellar citizen of the book world. We love his writing. We love him.”

“For almost the entire course of my long career in publishing, Stephen King has been a towering feature of the international book publishing landscape,” said Susan Moldow, President of the Scribner Publishing Group. “Empires have risen and fallen, but Stephen King has continued to both dominate bestseller and year-end best-of lists. It is a joy beyond imagining to welcome these core titles to Scribner’s venerable backlist.”

“Pocket Books enthusiastically embraces adding these wonderful books to our existing King backlist program which continues to provide robust sales for all of our booksellers in paperback,” said Louise Burke, President of the Gallery Books Publishing Group.

“Stephen King’s support for the audiobook medium is unmatched by any author,” said Chris Lynch, President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio.  “From his willingness to publish original audiobooks to his advocacy of the joys of listening to his occasional stints behind the microphone, Steve has been the perfect publishing partner from day one.  We are thrilled to expand that partnership.”

In the two decades since Scribner became Stephen King’s publisher, he has written many of his most critically-acclaimed books, from Lisey’s Story to On Writing, from the culmination of the Dark Tower series to Under the Dome and 11/22/63. In this time, he has also won numerous literary honors, from the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the National Medal of Arts, recently presented by President Obama. King’s audiobooks have won multiple Audie Awards, including Best Fiction wins for Doctor Sleep, Duma Key, and The Talisman and Audible Audiobook of the Year wins for 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep.  Stephen King’s short story collection  The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be published by Scribner on November 3, 2015.

Nan Graham negotiated the agreement on behalf of Scribner, Gallery/Pocket Books, and Simon & Schuster Audio with literary agent Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff & Verrill.

Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats.  Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

Books By Stephen King Acquired In Scribner/Simon & Schuster Agreement

1. Christine
2.Cujo
3.Cycle of the Werewolf
4.The Dark Half
5.The Dead Zone
6.Desperation
7.Different Seasons
8.Dolores Claiborne
9.The Eyes of the Dragon
10.Firestarter
11.Four Past Midnight
12.Gerald’s Game
13.IT
14.Misery
15.Needful Things
16.Rose Madder
17.Skeleton Crew
18.The Tommyknockers
19.The Long Walk (writing as Richard Bachman)
20.Roadwork (writing as Richard Bachman)
21.The Running Man (writing as Richard Bachman)
22.Thinner (writing as Richard Bachman)
23.The Regulators (writing as Richard Bachman)
24.The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower series)
25.The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower series)
26.The Wastelands (The Dark Tower series)
27.Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower series)

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Chipotle Puts Short Stories By Famous Authors On Its Cups

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Short stories written by Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Judd Apatow and a handful of other famous authors, actors and screenwriters will soon start appearing on Chipotle’s paper cups and bags.

The burrito chain teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer for the project, which Chipotle has branded the “Cultivating Thought” author series.

Foer told Vanity Fair that he came up with the idea years ago while he was eating a burrito and had nothing to read. So he wrote Chipotle CEO Steve Ells an email suggesting that the company print original essays by famous authors on its bags, and Ells loved the idea.

“We live in a world in which there is shrinking space for literature and writing, and less time than ever for quiet reflection,” Foer said in a release.

“The idea of expanding the space and time, of creating a small pocket of thoughtfulness right in the middle of the busy day, was inspiring to me — particularly given the size and diversity of the audience, which is America itself.”

Here are the authors whose work will be featured:

– Judd Apatow – Golden Globe nominated writer/director/producer, This is 40, Bridesmaids, Girls

– Sheri Fink – Pulitzer-prize winning reporter/author, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

– Malcolm Gladwell – New York Times bestselling author, journalist and speaker, The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink

– Bill Hader – Emmy-winning comedian/actor/producer, Saturday Night Live, South Park

– Michael Lewis – New York Times bestselling author and journalist, Flash Boys, The Blind Side, Moneyball

– Toni Morrison – Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, Beloved

– Steve Pinker – award-winning experimental psychologist, renowned writer on language, mind and human nature

– George Saunders – New York Times bestselling short-story and essay author, “Tenth of December,” “The Braindead Megaphone”

– Sarah Silverman – Emmy-winning actress/comedian, The Sarah Silverman Program, Saturday Night Live, School of Rock

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Under The Dome Snow Globe

The scene will forever be emblazoned in your mind, and now you can have it commemorated as well. The Under The Dome Snow Globe ($50) based on the hit CBS series features the halved cow with the barn, the new home of the mini-dome, in the background. Give the snow glove a shake and pink stars start falling down around it.

This would make a perfect gift for the Stephen King fan on your Holiday shopping list!

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Dimensions: W: 3.9″ H: 4.7″ Globe: 4”

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New Crime Novel By Stephen King Titled Mr. Mercedes Due On June 3, 2014

Mr. Mercedes is an upcoming novel by Stephen King that the prolific author calls his first hard-boiled detective book. Scheduled for publication by Scribner on June 3, 2014, King shared the following about the book:

“I’m writing a crime novel about a retired policeman being taunted by a murderer with a working title Mr. Mercedes.”

The book was inspired by a true event about a woman driving her car into a McDonald’s restaurant. Originally meant to be a short story the tale grew into a 500 page suspense novel about a deranged terrorist with a bomb. King said he began writing the tome before the Boston Marathon bombing.

In an interview with Parade, published May 26, 2013, the author confirmed that the novel was “more or less” completed.

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Stephen King: 10 More Books He Should Write Sequels To

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In 1977, Stephen King already an established horror writer with works like Carrie and Salem’s Lot, saw the publication of The Shining, a wonderfully chilling tale about the terrors that are visited upon a family in a remote mountainside resort. The book got great reviews, was turned into a movie and mini-series, and cemented King’s reputation as a master of the genre.

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A (very long) 36 years later, King has returned to the terrifying world of The Shining in a highly-anticipated sequel, Doctor Sleep. The novel revisits Danny Torrance — the psychically-gifted five-year-old who went up against the ghostly residents of the Overlook Hotel  is now a middle-aged orderly in a nursing home.  Trouble comes calling in the form of a traveling clan of psychic, vampiric creatures — it’s the sort of scary tale that’ll leave us sleeping with the lights on at night and waxing nostalgic for its predecessor come dawn.

As Jud Crandall advised in Pet Sematary, “Sometimes dead is better,” but sometimes a story’s just too good to leave buried. With that in mind, TIME suggests 10 King classics just waiting for a sequel. Check out the list HERE.

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