If I Stay
, the New York Times
bestselling novel by award-winning author Gayle Forman, will soon be a major motion picture from Warner Bros. The film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, and Jamie Blackley, will be released in theaters on August 22, 2014 (watch the official trailer here
). If I Stay
is the emotionally arresting story of seventeen-year-old Mia as she walks the line between life and death in the twenty-four hours after a catastrophic car accident. The paperback movie tie-in edition was released on July 8, and features interviews conducted between the author and Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Mia in the movie, and Jamie Blackley, who stars as Mia's boyfriend, Adam. Read an exclusive excerpt of the interviews here
, and find more information about the movie online at ifistaymovie.com
A new PBS web series, “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” highlights some of the many myths and fallacies author David McRaney investigates in his book, You Are Now Less Dumb (Gotham, 8/5/14). The five-minute video, which already has 238,000 views in just one week, ends with a special shout-out to McRaney and his books (4:53).
and A.V. Club
featured posts on this video as well.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced the acquisition of world (except UK) rights to two books in a new series by Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense and author of over three dozen New York Times bestsellers, with his son and current bestselling Putnam author Jesse Kellerman. An extraordinary new creation of psychological suspense, The Golem of Hollywood will be published by Putnam on September 16, with its sequel, The Golem of Paris, to be published in Fall 2015. This acquisition was first reported by the Associated Press and has since been covered by over 70 media outlets, including ABC News, Yahoo! News, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Salon.com, and regional press across the country.
An early reader of The Golem of Hollywood
was Stephen King, who calls the book “an extraordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery. I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts.” A burnt-out Los Angeles homicide detective; a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems; an ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three come together, a new standard of suspense is born. Only Jonathan Kellerman could have imagined something as spectacular – a crime story, a police story, a love story, and a horror story – and only he and son and fellow bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman could have realized it so brilliantly.
Tuesday morning, NBC’s Today Show announced John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Children’s Books, 1/10/12; Speak, 4/8/14) as its May Book Club Pick. Green sat down with Today host Willie Geist for a one-on-one interview, in which he talks about why he wrote the book, his involvement with the film, and the actors who were chosen to play his characters. The month-long Today promotion will include giveaways, and outreach with trivia questions on Today’s social media platforms, culminating in a Google Hangout on June 2 from the New York premiere of The Fault in Our Stars on the red carpet with Green and cast members.
In other John Green news, BuzzFeed visited the Amsterdam set of The Fault in Our Stars
film for their feature interview with Green. The piece gives an overview of his involvement with the movie, online career and backlist, as well as mentioning This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
(Dutton Children’s Books, 1/28). Click here
to read more.
John also wrote an essay for the June issue of Cosmopolitan
entitled “Can You Get Too Old for YA Novels?” Read the piece here.
Watch The Fault in Our Stars video
Penguin’s Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has been in the news a lot of late, sparked by the Broadway revival of a new stage adaptation starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. On Monday night, Wheel of Fortune“America’s Game®” featured a “Books and Authors” category — when the letters were revealed they read: OF MICE AND MEN BY JOHN STEINBECK.
Dancia McKellar wows judges and TV viewers on Dancing with the Stars. Plume’s Danica McKellar, author of multiple books for Hudson Street Press and Plume, including Math Doesn’t Suck (Hudson Street Press HC, 8/2/07; Plume PB, 7/1/08) and Kiss My Math(Hudson Street Press HC, 8/5/08; Plume PB, 6/30/09), continues to impress audiences and the judges on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars. This week, she received one of the highest scores of the night. The theme was the“most memorable year of your life” and Danica dedicated her dance to the birth of her son Draco. The judges called her performance “spellbinding” and “jaw-dropping.”