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.
December 2, 2013 |
Like many writers, I've imagined myself working in (or owning) a bookstore. On Saturday, for two highly enjoyable hours, I finally got the chance. It was the first-ever Indies First Day, with hundreds of authors across the United States working at independent bookstores in honor of Small Business Saturday. I put in a two-hour shift at Vroman's in Pasadena, donning the green apron real Vroman's employees wear, and answering tough questions like: “Where is the children's section?
April 8, 2013 |
Brace yourselves, gentlemen: Not only does size matter when it comes to penis length, but female preference for large genitalia is probably what drove the evolution of your manhood to begin with. In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers concluded that penis length was just as important as height when it came to sexual attraction among women. And just how did scientists figure that out? They asked 100 Australian women to look at life-size, computer-generated images of men in the Full Monty and asked them to rate each one as a potential sexual partner.
November 14, 2013 |
When it comes to evolutionary debates, this one is a major dogfight. Since the time of Charles Darwin, scientists have argued over the origin of domesticated dogs, speculating wildly about how, when and where a toothy, flesh-eating beast was first transformed into man's best friend. Some experts believe humans were naturally drawn to small, furry wolf pups, and seized them as novelties. Others suggest they were raised for slaughter by early agrarian societies. Yet another theory holds that early proto-dogs were enlisted as helpers by roving bands of hunters, long before humankind ever experimented with agricultural livestock.
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.
October 22, 2013 |
Some of the country's best known authors and illustrators of children's books have signed a letter addressed to President Obama with a simple message: Too much standardized testing is causing children to lose their love of books. More than 100 authors and illustrators have signed the letter , including Judy Blume and Jules Feiffer. The campaign was organized by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), an advocacy group. “We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing mandates, including your Administration's own initiatives, on children's love of reading and literature,” reads the letter.
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.
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.
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.