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Ten’s Gretchen McNeil: How to Make Serial Killers Fun

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Gretchen McNeil is not only an incredibly talented author, she’s also a professionally trained opera singer, a natural performer, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. The hit YA author is probably best known for her book Ten, which won numerous awards before being turned into a Lifetime original movie. Then, just to cement her place in our hearts as the reigning queen of YA horror, she came out with with the two book Don’t Get Mad series, with Get Even being released in 2014, and the follow-up Get Dirty in 2015. Now, she’s back with a new YA horror novel, #MurderTrending. But this one’s doing something new, which is showcasing McNeil’s natural affinity for comedy. While we all know that comedy and horror together can…

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Author Celeste Ng Talks About Independent Bookstore Day and Turning a Bestseller Into a TV Show

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Celeste Ng’s second novel (and second bestseller), Little Fires Everywhere, is set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where she grew up. The unique, planned community has regulations on everything from house color to where to set out garbage (behind the house, not the curb). In return for living with extra rules, residents share the amenities: golf course, pool, “unexcelled” schools. And, according to the Indie Bookstore Finder on indiebound.org, there are half a dozen independent bookstores in and around the town. “Honestly, I will happily spend hours in any place that has tons of books—bookstore, library, you name it—but each independent bookstore has its own personality, which is part of the charm of indies and also part of their value,” says…

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Women’s History Month: Authors Tweet Support of Women’s March National School Walk Out

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Women’s March is planning a national school walk out on Wednesday, March 14 in solidarity with the students in Parkland, Florida who have organized a National School Walk Out for March 24.  The purpose of both marches is to bring awareness to the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and to advocate for common sense gun laws that help keep both our children and our schools safe. Another walk out is scheduled for March 24 and is being organized by March For Our Lives, the organization started by Stoneman Douglas survivors. Wednesday’s March, organized by Women’s March youth group EMPOWER, will begin at 10:00 am EST and last 17 minutes— one minute for each of those lives lost at Stoneman Douglas…

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In Theaters: Oprah, Reese and Mindy are Perfectly Cast in ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

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The Ava DuVernay-directed A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeline L’Engle’s classic work, is in theaters now. While the reviews are still coming in, early indications are that DuVernay’s casting of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling is spot on! If the film is anything like the book, we could be see a 2019 Oscar contender for the best page-to-screen film of the year. If you are like us and looking forward to see what Hollywood has cooked up, you will definitely enjoy this piece from February 24, 2016 on the announcement of the film and the early buzz on Twitter. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle started all the trouble. I had never seen a book like it—a story that…

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*NEW COLUMN*: ‘At the Nobel Prize Banquet’ by Pia de Jong

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BookTrib.com is happy to welcome prize-winning Dutch literary novelist and newspaper columnist Pia de Jong. Pia’s memoir, Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition, is her first book in English.  The Nobel Prize is Pia’s latest installment as a BookTrib featured columnist. Her first article, All the Glittering Prizes, kicked off this series with rave reviews. You will enjoy her work as much as we do!   At the Nobel Prize Banquet  The trumpets sound a fanfare, and I walk with 1,300 invited guests into the courtyard of the City Hall of Stockholm, which has been transformed into a dining room. Students wearing sailor hats and blue-yellow sashes lead us to festive tables that stretch from wall to wall.…

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VIDEO: Author/Actress Rowan Blanchard discusses ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and her debut book ‘Still Here’ with BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM

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Actress and author Rowan Blanchard talks with BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM (@AM2DM on Twitter) about the new Disney Pictures film, A Wrinkle In Time and her awesome hew book, Still Here. On “Still Here” “There’s something that happens very much in your early teen years, where all of a sudden you realize everything’s happening for the first time and you don’t know how to react and there are so many feelings…I wanted to make something that was kind of a shrine to that.”  (start time: 1:07)   “Life is so endless when you’re a teenager…There’s something so infinite about it and I really wanted access to that…This is about the prelude before having it.” (start time: 2:01)   “You want nothing more than to…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Sitting Down With Lysa Heslov, Director of ‘Served Like A Girl’

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Image courtesy of IMDb.Lysa Heslov, director of “Served Like A Girl,” talks to Sean Tuohy about how she changed as a person and filmmaker while making the documentary, the unbreakable bond she formed with the female veterans, and her next equally complex and emotional project. To learn more, visit the official website for “Served Like A Girl,” like its Facebook page, or follow Heslov and the film on Twitter @heslov_lysa and @servedlikeagirl, respectively. See the official trailer for Heslov’s, Serve Like a Girl:   Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for our weekly newsletter.  

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Rose McGowan to Release ‘Brave’ New Book on Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

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Rose McGowan has been very vocal in addressing sexual harassment in Hollywood, and specifically, against Harvey Weinstein, whom she says assaulted her in a hotel room in 1997. The two reached a settlement of $100,000, but that hasn’t stopped McGowan for speaking out in support of Weinstein’s other accusers. Since the news about Weinstein’s conduct, McGowan has been naming names: calling out people who knew and said nothing as well as those known to harass, including Ben Affleck. In one case where social media is used for good, McGowan has repeatedly tweeted about Weinstein’s history as a sexual predator. Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours after she posted information that violated the site’s community standards. Backlash was swift with…

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Colin Kaepernick Signs $1 Million Deal with Random House Imprint

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Football players have been making headlines about their behaviors off the field for years, but last year, ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for very different reasons.  In order to bring attention to the oppression of people of color, Kaepernick decided he would kneel and continue to kneel during the playing of the national anthem until the words in the song rang true for everyone. His actions yielded a very different responses from the public and from those in the public eye. We saw everything from #veteransforkaepernick trending, and a well-known former NYPD officer declaring his support of Kaepernick; while others have posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick’s jersey and threats to boycott the NFL if Kaepernick was…

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#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like. Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –…

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#TGIM: Ten Good Reasons Why Mondays Rock

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No one likes Mondays, and honestly, we get it: Mondays are the first day after the weekend where you have to really be up early to go to work, or school. You just feel tired all day long, and no amount of coffee is ever going to wake you up. And yeah, typically, most good stuff in life doesn’t happen on a Monday. But that doesn’t mean that all Mondays are bad – it just means we have to look a little bit harder to see why Mondays rock. So, get ready to #TGIM, because while we get why you don’t like Mondays, we have ten excellent reason why you should. 1. Mondays are a brand new week! They’re the ultimate reset button. No…

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How Did This Get Made? Co-Host Paul Scheer Joins Writer’s Bone Podcast

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! In this episode, Paul Scheer gives an interview you can’t miss.  Are you a fan of the ‘How Did This Get Made?‘ Podcast? Then you are probably a fan of Paul Scheer, who is an actor, producer, and co-host of the show! In this week’s episode of Writer’s Bone, Sean Tuohy sits down with Scheer to talk about his love of bad films and how he turned it into a podcast, the show’s upcoming live events in Boston, and the tribal mentality of people watching bad movies. Join us for a podcast episode…

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#MondayMotivation: 10 Inspiring Quotes from Oprah to Start Your Week

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Last week, Oprah opened up about her new book, Hollywood happenings and fighting against sexual harassment to find one’s voice.  Her words were so inspiring, we thought it would be a good idea to start our week off right with 10 inspirational quotes from the lady herself. Oprah’s words of wisdom are just the right #MondayMotivation to help you “live your best life.” On Books: “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age 3, and there discovered was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” “Some women have a weakness for shoes… I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” On Reaching Higher: “Don’t put a…

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‘Craving’ Chrissy Tiegan’s Banana Bread? We Have the Recipe!

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It’s always exciting to hear about the secret talents of your favorite celebrities, especially when those talents include making delicious meals. Whether it’s Chrissy Teigen‘s home-style recipe for banana bread or Patti Labelle’s mouthwatering desserts, we can’t get enough of celebrity cookbooks these days. Sprinkled with intimate stories and culinary adventures, these cookbooks are a great way to learn more about your favorite stars, and to get some awesome new ideas for the kitchen. Here are 6 of our favorites: Cooking with Zac, Zac Posen (Rodale Books, October 10, 2017) It turns out Posen isn’t just a designer of clothes, he also knows how to make it work in the kitchen. Cooking with Zac combines sophisticated recipes with more homey…

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The Latest Trend: 8 Book Trends from 2017 You Absolutely Can’t Miss!

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It’s one thing to write a popular novel, but it’s another thing for a novel to hit ‘trending’ status. Whether it’s due to a scandal or strong word-of-mouth, these are the books that create so much online buzz that it drives readers straight to the bookstore. We’re definitely interested in what makes something trend, which is why we’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite ‘trending’ books from 2017: Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman  With 2.6 million follows on Twitter, Gaiman certainly has a large fanbase. So when he announced that he was releasing a new book that dealt with the Norse gods and their stories, his readers went wild. It doesn’t hurt that the book has echoes of American Gods, Gaiman’s…

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Authors Tweet Support for Women’s Marches Around the World

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It’s safe to say that the women’s march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21, was a huge success. The peaceful rally drew people from all over the world, with satellite marches popping up in cities across the globe (including Antartica!). The numbers are still rolling in, but some sites are reporting that there was an estimated three times the amount of people at the march than there were at Trump’s Inauguration the day before. Many popular authors attended marches around the country, and they took to Twitter to talk about it: Judy Blume tweeted a photo from the Key West march in Florida:   Stephen King joined a rally in Sarasota:   Elizabeth Gilbert shared some of the signs she saw at the…

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