May 20, 2013 |
What does one of the world's best-known authors think when she holds the book that made her famous? J.K. Rowling looks at the title page of the first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” (as it's is known in the U.K.) and thinks this book “changed my life forever.” She also thinks: I wish I'd not made a badger the symbol for Hufflepuff in the Hogwarts coat of arms. “Perhaps Hufflepuff would have the respect it deserves from fans if I'd stuck to my original idea of a bear to represent it.” Those are Rowling's handwritten notes -- she even drew the shield with a bear inside -- that appear in the first edition copy of “Harry Potter” she's donated to English PEN . The annotated book will be auctioned off, along with 49 from other famous authors, to raise funds for the writers' rights group.
August 1, 2010 |
About a year ago Mary Ann Naples had a holy-cow moment. If she'd been a cartoon character, she would have smacked her forehead until stars came out. She was standing atop an escalator at Book Expo America, the publishing world's spring jamboree in New York, surveying a convention hall of sullen faces. Many of the 30,000 booksellers, publishers, authors and agents were looking like well-heeled passengers on a leaky cruise ship. The rise of digital books and online retailing was upending book publishing's business model.
August 24, 2012 |
Chronicle Books has published several Pantone color books, including "35 Inspirational Color Palettes. " Although the book hit shelves in May, HuffPo Books was recently inspired by it -- inspired to ask Chronicle to match some of its palettes with famous authors. The result is 13 sets of four colors , each matched to a different writer. The palette Snug Harbor, above, is paired with Herman Melville. Chronicle seems right on the money with the nautical colors -- Safe Harbor, Farmyard Red, Homeward Horizon and Friendly Seas -- but I'm not entirely sure that Melville would have found them to be a "calm comfort.
November 6, 2013 |
Talk about getting caught in the act: Scientists say a fossil recovered in northeastern China depicts two insects locked in sexual congress roughly 165 million years ago -- the oldest such relic ever discovered. In a paper published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE , paleo entomologists described the amorous bugs as an extinct species of froghopper that exhibited striking similarities to their modern-day relatives. Most remarkable, scientists said, was the fact that today's froghoppers mate in the same fashion their fossilized forebears did in the Middle Jurassic period: Belly to belly, or side by side.
September 3, 1993 |
After Bantam Books advertised a giveaway recently of Jerry Seinfeld's new book to be held at the Village Voice, people started lining up outside the newspaper at 7 a.m. After the handout began two and a half hours later, the 200 copies were gone in about seven minutes. But there are 450,000 more where those came from. "SeinLanguage," a $19.
December 27, 2001 |
Writers are passionate and opinionated readers, and the Hartford (Conn.) Courant has asked authors to recommend their favorite books of the year. What follows is a selection of their responses. Daniel Akst "The Webster Chronicle" On the surface, "My Mother's Ghost" by Fergus M. Bordewich is the memoir of a man who appears to have killed his mother.
August 26, 2012
The classroom and the home aren't the only places where young people learn lessons about growing up: For many, those lessons happen on the field or court. This fall, many of the most notable sports titles are from bestselling authors and star athletes. STAT: Double Team By Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Jessell Scholastic, 144 pp.: $5.99, for ages 8 and up In the second book based on NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire's youth, 11-year-old Amar'e plays on a basketball team with his best friends but is soon courted by more elite players, making him question whether basketball or true friendship is more important.
February 12, 2012 |
Throughout industrial history, managers have tried to use science to analyze, categorize and, occasionally, pulverize the human element in their ventures so they can direct it more easily to their ends. Charles Dickens memorably satirized this desire in the character of Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian educationalist in "Hard Times," who was determined to "teach these boys and girls nothing but facts" and "to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to. " A new book, "Calculating Success: How the New Workplace Analytics Will Revitalize Your Organization," advocates a similarly fact-based approach to workplace challenges.
April 7, 1990 |
A state jury awarded $3.5 million Friday in a 13-year-old lawsuit accusing one of the nation's largest "vanity" publishers of fraud and deception. The class action suit represents 2,200 authors who have paid up to $8,000 each to have their book manuscripts published by New York-based Vantage Press since 1971. Those titles include "Dogs I Have Known" and "The Sex Life of a Football Referee." The civil suit charged that Vantage Press made no effort to sell books or promote its authors.
February 11, 1999 |
The American Medical Assn. admitted Wednesday that its journal failed to disclose that the authors of a sex study had been paid for other research by the maker of the drug Viagra. A study in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. reported that a large percentage of American men and women experienced sexual dysfunction.