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Today: 25 ноября 2017.:

Literature and Culture News

Breaking Bad Script Stolen From Bryan Cranston's Car

A script was stolen from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston's car last December. It is never good when a film or television script is stolen because it could eventually leak online. The timing is especially bad for AMC's Breaking Bad as its final episodes began airing this summer. CNN reports that Albuquerque police do have an alleged suspect, but the script has not been recovered. The suspect was overheard talking about the script and a stolen iPad taken from Cranston's car at a bar. CNN says Sony Pictures does not appear overly concerned about an online leak of the script. Take a look: The L.A. Times is running a poll asking if people would read the script if it was leaked or wait and watch the television episode. Most people are indicating they would wait according to the online poll. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Barnes and Noble and Simon and Schuster Go to War, Authors in Crossfire

The book publishing industry is a pretty volatile place: Amazon.com becoming a book publisher and the U.S. government suing major publishers for price fixing are all just normal headlines these days. The latest upheaval in the industry is a major dispute is between Barnes and Noble and Simon and Schuster. The New York Times reports that Barnes and Noble is has severely cut its book orders during the cutthroat negotiations. This is really hurting authors whose books aren't being stocked. The bookstore has even cut orders of top authors. For midlist authors, it's a disaster. So what's the dispute all about? No one will speak on the record but insiders talked to the Times, saying that Barnes and Noble wants to renegotiate its contract with Simon and Schuster. It wants to pay less for books and get paid a lot more for featuring certain titles at the front of the store. Barnes and Noble says it is one of the last bookstores standing and the publishers need to help. The book publisher says it wants to help, but can't afford Barnes and Noble's outrageous demands. One person who would speak on the record about the dispute is Simon Lipskar, the president of Writers House, the New York literary agency. Lipskar said, "Without pointing fingers, authors are being hurt by this, and I think it is despicable." Authors report that Barnes and Noble is not giving them display space and is refusing to allow them to appear in their stores on book tours. Insiders say the dispute involves both physical books and ebooks. The dispute is being watched closely by other publishers, who are concerned that the conflict will hurt the industry as a whole. Barnes and Noble has never done this before and it's got authors, agents and other publishers very concerned. Now that Borders is gone, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million are the only two major retail chains left with bricks and mortar stores. Barnes and Noble has seen declining sales of the Nook and ebooks, and clearly is embarking on a major cost-cutting program. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Melville House Launching British Publishing House

Independent publisher Melville House announced that it is launching a British publishing house to be called Melville House UK. The Brooklyn-based publisher was the winner of the 2012 Bread and Roses prize for Radical Publishing. Founders Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians started Melville in 2001 as an activist publisher which opposed the Bush administration. Since then, the publisher has expanded its reach to include literary fiction, such as books by Nobel Prize-winners Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll. Melville also publishes nonfiction and current events titles. The company will introduce its U.S. titles to the UK and then will begin acquiring British works. Johnson said in a statement, "It's time. Our classics line, The Art of the Novella, has always done well in Britain, but sales of our other U.S. titles have grown explosively there over the last few years, some of the best writing we've published lately has been by British writers, such as Lars Iyer and Lee Rourke; we're winning British book awards, I hear more and more from British booksellers and media about our books ... And so rather than simply expand our US company's operations here, we wanted to form a distinctly British company that would respond more particularly to that kind of welcome. It's not a branch, nor an office. It's a distinct, British company." Zeljka Marosevic, who was a marketing executive at 4th Estate, has joined the firm as Director of Marketing. Marosevic led the charge internally at 4th Estate to recruit Girls creator Lena Dunham as an author and is expected to hit the ground running with the new venture. Johnson joked that the company was happy to have a London correspondent for the company's popular book blog MobyLives, which has many British readers: "now we'll finally have someone who knows how to spell 'colour,' and 'humour.'" Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Chinua Achebe, Father of African Literature, Dies at 82

Bestselling novelist Chinua Achebe has died after a brief illness, reports The New York Times. He was 82. Known as the Father of African Literature, Achebe is the author of Things Fall Apart which was one of the first African novels. The book was published in 1958 when he was only 28 years old, and quickly became a worldwide bestseller, selling more than 10 million copies in 45 languages. The book tells the story of a family in Southeastern Nigeria and how they suffered under the British colonial rule and then under the rule of military dictators. The story was based on his own family's experiences. Forced to leave his homeland during the civil wars, he traveled and had been teaching at Brown University, where he held the position of David and Marianna Fisher university professor and professor of Africana studies. In 1990 he moved to the U.S. permanently after becoming paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. He says he needed to be closer to top medical care, noting that if he fills a prescription in Boston he knows it contains the drug it says it does on the label. That is not true in Nigeria, he explained., Professor Achebe wrote novels, essays, children's books and poetry, leading the way for new generations of African writers to describe the continent through their own eyes, as opposed to from a Western point of view. He is often quoted as saying, "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." He won a number of awards, including the Man Booker International Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The New York Time has a full obituary here. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coup Wins Oddest Book Title of the Year

The winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop: And Other Practical Advice In Our Campaign Against The Fairy Kingdom. The how-to book explains how to keep goblins out of your chicken coop, an invaluable resource for those trying to protect chickens from goblins and other dark fairy creatures. The book is written by "fairy hunter" Reginal Bakeley. The book's editor, Clint March, who wrote the foreward, said in a statement, "On behalf of Reginald Bakeley and Conari Press, I am honoured to accept this award. The Diagram Prize celebrates the playfulness that is at the heart of much of the world's best book publishing. Thank you to everyone who voted and allowed Goblinproofing to join the distinguished list of Diagram winners. Reginald and I take this as a clear sign that people have had enough of goblins in their chicken coops. Our campaign against the fairy kingdom continues." Here are the other amusing titles on the shortlist: Was Hitler Ill? by Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann (Polity) Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts by Jerry Gagne (Foy's Pet Supplies) How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees (Melville House) God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman (Square Peg) How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior (Murdoch). Photo: Conari Press Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Rule: Librarians Thrilled, Publishers Unhappy

Librarians and consumers are the big winners after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the closely watched case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley. In a 6-3 decision, the court upheld the first sale rule which says that once you've bought a copyrighted work, you own it. You can sell it, give it away or destroy it without the copyright holder's permission. Libraries depend on the first sale rule to be able to lend books and de-acquisition books. Supap Kirtsaeng is a Thai scientist who was going to college in the U.S. To supplement his income he had friends legally purchase textbooks published by John Wiley & Sons in Thailand. Wiley charges more to U.S. customers for the same textbooks. Kirtsaeng sold the textbooks to students on Ebay and was able to make a profit, while giving the students cheaper books. It's important to note that this case involved legally purchased books, not pirated books which is an entirely different scenario. Wiley argues that Kirtsaeng was illegally importing copyrighted works without its permission. Kirtsaeng argued that the importation of the cheaper textbooks was protected under the first sale rule and the fact they were purchased abroad is irrelevant. The court sided with Kirtsaeng. The American Library Association filed an amicus curiae brief supporting Kirtsaeng. Its arguments that overturning the first sale rule would destroy libraries was persuasive to the court which rules that the fact that the textbooks were manufactured outside the U.S. was irrelevant. In a statement the ALA said, "The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine-if you bought it, you own it. All who believe in that principle, and the certainty it provides to libraries and many other parts of our culture and economy, should join us in applauding the court for correcting the legal ambiguity that led to this case in the first place. It is especially gratifying that Justice Breyer's majority opinion focused on the considerable harm that the Second Circuit's opinion would have caused libraries." Book publishers are extremely unhappy with the decision. The Association of American Publishers said in a statement, "We are disappointed that today's copyright decision by the US Supreme Court ignores broader issues critical to America's ability to compete in the global marketplace. To quote Justice Ginsburg's dissenting opinion, the divided ruling is a 'bold departure' from Congress' intention 'to protect copyright owners against the unauthorized importation of low-priced, foreign made copies of their copyrighted works' that is made 'more stunning' by its conflict with current US trade policy." The ALA asserted that the decision "will have significant ramifications for Americans who produce the books, music, movies and other content consumed avidly around the world. The Court's interpretation of the 'first sale' provision of US copyright law will discourage the active export of US copyrighted works." It remains to be seen how the ruling will work as a practical matter for digital works. The reselling and lending of digital books is already a hot issue for copyright holders and publishers alike. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Bookmarks That Look Like Zippers

The Zipmark is a bookmark that resembles a zipper. It was designed by Israel designer Shahar Peleg. The Zipmark comes in red, green and blue. It costs $9 and can be purchased here on Monkey Business. It can also be found here on Amazon.com. Images: Shahar Peleg (via Laughing Squid) Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

SNL Skit: The Making of American Gothic Starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis

Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis star in this very funny skit from last weekend's Saturday Night Live in which we get to see the real story behind the Grant Wood painting "American Gothic." The 1930 painting hangs is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood had his sister Nan and their dentist pose for the painting, which represented a farmer and his unmarried daughter. The couple looks quite grim in the painting. But as we see in this skit, there is a very good reason for their grumpiness -- and if the models had their way it would have been a different painting altogether. Take a look: Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Future of Star Wars Comics and Book Licenses Uncertain After LucasFilm Sale to Disney

The announcement that Disney is buying LucasFilm and the Star Wars franchise has generated a great deal of press this week. Publisher's Weekly reports that the $4.5 billion purchase has left a question mark over the future of the Star Wars comics rights which are currently held by Dark Horse. For more than 20 years, Dark Horse has published expanded universe Star Wars comics. But Disney already has its own comics division: Marvel. That has many in the industry wondering if Dark Horse is going to lose the Star Wars license, which make up 20% of the line. After the purchase was announced, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson had this to say in a statement: "Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we'll all have to see what it means for the future." LucasFilm also has deals with major publishers such as DelRey, Scholastic and Chronicle which publish novels and other content in the Star Wars universe. It's too soon to tell where the book and comics licenses will end up, but you can be sure everyone is readying their pitches to Kathleen Kennedy. Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds

Library of Congress Awards Gerald Stern The Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry

Gerald Stern is the winner of The Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. He will be awarded the prize by the Library of Congress on January 14, 2013. The Bobbitt Prize is a biennial $10,000 award that recognizes a book of poetry written by an American and published during the preceding two years, or the lifetime achievement of an American poet. Stern won the prize for his poetry collection, Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992, which was published by W. W. Norton & Company in July, 2010. Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress, calls Stern "one of America's great poet-proclaimers in the Whitmanic tradition - with moments of humor and whimsy, and an enduring generosity, his work celebrates the mythologizing power of the art." Image: W. W. Norton & Company Permalink | Recent Headlines | News Feeds


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