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The Code, the Cookbook, the Stage and the Series…

Independent’s Code of Ethics Approved

The Independent Book Publisher’s Association has approved a new code of ethics for members to abide by.  The Executive Director of the IBPA, Angela Bole, describes the need for independent publishers to be about more than just dollar value, saying  “The new code assumes that being part of a professional association of independent publishers and self-published authors means something more than discounts on editorial, distribution, and marketing services“.  The Code of Ethics encourages sustainable practices and quality content, and can be found here on the Directors Desk of the IBPA website.

The Anarchist Cookbook Author has had Enough

William Powell was nineteen when he penned The Anarchist Cookbook out of anger, and in opposition to the Vietnam war. Having long since renounced his view that violence can prevent more violence, Powell is asking that it be taken out of print. The how-to manual for mass murder has been linked to several violent attacks including the recent shooting by Karl Pierson at a Colorado high school.

The publisher, Billy Blann of Delta Press, disagrees.   As the “cookbook” is his most popular publication and “contributes largely to his annual $3 million in revenue” it doesn’t take a genius to sense a less than savoury financial motive for this.  

A Roof for Writers in Detroit

Write a House, a new non-profit organization is fixing up homes in Detroit for writers.  The goal is to revitalize neighbourhoods in the broken down city, believing the liberal arts can play a large role in doing so. Their first chosen neighbourhood is a diverse enclave surrounded by the city of Detroit. The area is small, and the organization is hoping that will boost the level of impact.

Write a house is encouraging interested writers to apply with a sample of writing and a letter of intent.  The want to bring life back to Detroit, and they are certain they can find writers who are interested in that aim too.

Harry Potter is Getting Set for the Stage 

JK Rowling has turned down countless proposals for a staged production of her Harry Potter series, but has finally found one she can support.  Rowling will co-produce a stage play about Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast, before finding a home at Hogwarts.  The vision for the play was that of Sonia Friedman (co-producer of The Book of Morman) and Colin Callender (of Boadway play Lucky Guy).  The production is set to open some time in 2015.

New Book, New Author for Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Series

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo kicked off what was to be a ten book series before the acclaimed author passed away in 2004.  Quercus, the publishing house with rights to the English language version of the story,  is seeing to it that the series be carried on; David Lagercrantz, another Swedish author known for creating complex characters, will carry on with Larsson’s fourth book, set to be released August 2015.

Happy holidays everyone- we leave you this week with this image of Neil Gaiman dressed as Charles Dickens.  How amazing is this?  You can also catch his reading of A Christmas Carol here.

credit: Jonathan Blanc
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Amazon Source, Gaiman’s New Resume, and Contraversial Poetry

“It’s Not a Partnership”

No sparks seem to be flying between American indie  booksellers and the new Amazon Source program, according to Publisher’s Weekly.  The decision on Amazon’s behalf to allow indie bookshops to sell their Kindles, not only came as a surprise this Wednesday to all but two shops, but also was designed solely by the e-commerce giant.  While a few hundred bookstores have signed on to the arrangement, others remain disinterested and offended.

Neil Gaiman’s Busy Week

Neil Gaiman has accepted a five year position as a professor of the arts at Bard University in New York.  Gaiman announced on his twitter account,  I’ll be teaching a course in reading & writing fantasy at Bard in April #professorMe”.  More can be found on The Guardian online.

It has also been announced that the novelist and screen writer will be the author of the final short story in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary series.  Gaiman will be writing his story with the most recent doctor, Matt Smith’s character, in mind, and including a  new villian “The Kin”.  The short story will become available as an e-book at the end of November. The BBC has the full story.

Teen Poet Sparks Outrage in Denmark

An 18-year old poet named Yahya Hassan has received twenty seven death threats for reciting a poem critical of Islam on a Danish TV station. The controversial poet is determined to speak out despite the harsh reaction Hassan anticipated.  His self-titled book of poetry which was published this past October sold 32,000 copies over the course of two weeks.

The “Do Not Read” List

Jimmy Fallon shared Autumn edition of the “Do Not Read”List, a creepy and unsettling collection of books of questionable content.  While last nights version isn’t yet available for Canadian viewers, the Fallon’s  Summer “Do Not Read” list  is available to get you through your Friday.

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A Kobo Quarantine, an Unhappy Gallagher, and Other News…

This week in the publishing world…

Kobo Quarantines Self Published Authors

After highly unflattering news coverage regarding several pornographic publications, Kobo pulled several self-published titles from the digital shelves on October 15, BBC News reports. A spokesperson for Kobo has insisted that the move is not a form of censorship, but an effort to “protect the reputation of self publishing as a whole”.  Self-published

McDonald’s Celebrates Literacy with Happy Meals

From  November 1st to November 14th, McDonald’s will be distributing an expected 20 million books with their happy meals, according to Publisher’s Weekly.  Four original titles will be released with the popular kids meals and will not be sold outside of the promotion.  This promotion will position the fast food chain as one of the top children’s book distributers.

Neil Gaiman: “We Have an Obligation to Imagine.”

Author Neil Gaiman gave a lecture earlier this week discussing the importance of libraries, reading fiction for pleasure, and daydreaming.  Gaiman spoke at The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series at the Barbican in London, England on Monday, October 14th.  An edited version of his lecture can be found on The Guardian.

Eleanor Catton Wins the Man Booker Prize

Catton, the youngest author ever to win the prestigious award was honoured for her book, “The Luminaries”.  The Luminaries is a stylistic tale of mysterious and seemingly linked occurances in a New Zealand gold-mining town.  It is also the longest book to ever receive the Man Booker Prize, a hefty read at 848 pages long.  Publishing Perspectives has the full story available.

Noel Gallagher:  “Fifty Shades of Grey? Fifty shades of s–t.”

The 46 year-old musician, known for his previous successes with the rock band, Oasis doesn’t like fiction.  At all.  In an interview with GQ Magazine, Gallagher expresses his extreme distaste for fictional books and their authors, book sellers, and owners, completely baffled by their use and offended by their “snobbery”.

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