The YA and Crime/Mystery Imprints at Angry Robot Books Close Their Doors for Good

Last week, we reported the demise of the two imprints from Angry Robot Books. It’s an unfortunate situation especially for the authors who have books cancelled as a result of this. Hopefully their stories will find homes elsewhere.

Mockingjay Part 1. Movie. Teaser Trailer. Film. Lionsgate.Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow: The Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer

A cool teaser trailer of the Mockingjay Part 1 came out. PEETA.

The Aunt Behind The Inspiration of Mary Poppins in Unseen P.L. Travers Story

PL Travers wrote about the eccentric great aunt who inspired Mary Poppins in a story which she gave away as a Christmas gift in 1941, and which is being released to the general public for the first time this November.

Open Road Calls HarperCollins’ Injunction “Extreme” In Copyright Case

In a previous Thursday Book Beat, there was news that HarperCollins asked the courts for a permanent injunction against Open Road and $1.1 million for damages and legal fees. Open Road calls the injunction and $1.1 million “extreme” and “based on ‘a misleading portrayal’ of the facts”.

Novel YA, “I’ll Give You The Sun” OptionedI'll Give You The Sun. Jandy Nelson. September 16 2014.

Warners Bros has snapped up the movie rights of this hotly discussed YA novel by Jandy Nelson.

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. 

CS Lewis Tells Us Why We Shouldn’t Be Ashamed To Read Children’s Books

Targeting children’s book for being lesser than their adult counterpart isn’t a brand new concept, as seen in C. S. Lewis’ 1952 essay, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.”

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. 

– C. S. Lewis’ 1952 essay, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

3 Arrested for Illegally Publishing Books in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested three people on suspicion of illegally scanning and then unlawfully publishing books on a massive scale.

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