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Frey Does Arkin’s Gnomes

from The Art Newspaper

A million little gardeners

Seedbed, 2010, by Elliott Arkin. Photograph: Amherst College

A Million Little Pieces author James Frey is set to turn the artist Elliott Arkin’s series of sculptures depicting famous artists as garden gnomes into a children’s book, due to be published in 2016. Four years ago, Frey purchased one of the resin works—a miniature lawn-mowing Picasso—from the series, titled A Peaceable Kingdom, 2004-2012, at New York’s Half Gallery, which he co-owned at the time. “It is one of the most brilliantly funny works of art,” Frey says. So when Arkin later asked the author to write a catalogue essay for his exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice last year, Frey suggested a short story. He wound up with enough material for a book and took an option on the rights from Arkin, who says, “I am thrilled to see what narrative James creates.”

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Posted on August 26, 2014 by Editor

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Endgame at Comic-Con 2014 | James Frey, Wyck Godfrey, John Hanke, & Mat Laibowitz

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Editor

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The End Begins October 7. ENDGAME Is Coming.

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Editor

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THR: James Frey’s ENDGAME… to call it only a book would be vastly oversimplifying things.

from The Hollywood Reporter

Comic-Con: James Frey to Introduce ‘Endgame’ Universe With Panel, Puzzle, Interactive Game (Exclusive)

by Rebecca Ford

James Frey End Game The Calling - P 2014

Frey’s upcoming YA book, which has interactive components and is being developed into a film, will be promoted with a tie-in to the popular augmented reality game Ingress.

Endgame is  James Frey’s upcoming book, but to call it only a book would be vastly oversimplifying things.

While the first novel will hit stores Oct. 7, Frey’s project is made up of the books (a planned trilogy), e-books, a puzzle, a game, a treasure hunt and an upcoming movie. The first YA book, set in the near present day, follows 12 teens as catastrophic events lead them on a worldwide search for three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.

“Endgame was always conceived of and designed and created to be this pretty vast universe,” says Frey. “The idea was that we would build everything before it came out. We’d be proactive in creating the universe instead of reactive.”

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Posted on July 21, 2014 by Editor

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Endgame: The Calling – 2 p.m., Room 7AB

from The Hollywood Reporter

Comic-Con: Highlights From the Film Lineup

by Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford

UPDATING: The studios will bring a slew of world-saving heroes, new footage and a few surprises to Hall H beginning on July 23.

Comic-Con heads back to San Diego beginning on July 23, with more than 120,000 geeks, cosplayers, and film and TV fans invading the convention center for comics, swag and first looks at some of their favorite upcoming films.

Most of the studios are planning to show off footage from the more genre-oriented part of their slates, bring some big stars to the stage and throw in a few surprises.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down all the film highlights hitting San Diego. Some of the information is official, while some of it is just rumor. Heck, even the official schedule says “TBD” under some studios’ entries. After all, flying in stars and making sure footage from movies that are still in production dazzles isn’t easy; thus studios sometimes find themselves juggling until almost the very end.
Check back for updates as the Con nears.


Endgame: The Calling – 2 p.m., Room 7AB
Author James Frey will speak about his new YA book Endgame: The Calling (out Oct. 7), while producer Wyck Godfrey will talk about the upcoming Fox movie. John Hanke, leader of Google’s Niantic Labs and creator of Google Maps, will discuss the augmented-reality game Google is crafting based on Endgame, and puzzlemaster Mat Laibowitz will talk about the puzzle in the book.

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Editor

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iOS Ingress

from ARGnet

Google Rolls Out Ingress to iOS Devices

By Michael Andersen


In November 2012, Google introduced its Ingress scanner app to the Google Play store. And for almost two years, the central point of interaction for Google’s deeply immersive alternate reality game has been an Android exclusive. That changes today: with the release of Ingress‘s scanner app to the iTunes Store, the world of Ingress has officially rolled out on iOS devices.

The Ingress scanner app asks players to join the green Enlightened or blue Resistance faction in a battle for control over portals tied to real world landmarks. The game has a sizeable player base within the Android community. Over 12,000 players have gathered for the game’s frequent live events in cities across the globe so far in 2014, and the game boasts over 4 million downloads. With the expansion into iOS devices, an influx of new players is likely.

Ingress‘ long-awaited transition to the iOS platform isn’t the only major update the Niantic Project team have been teasing. Earlier this year, HarperCollins announced a partnership with Google’s Niantic Labs to produce a similar mobile game for Android and iOS devices tied to James Frey’s forthcoming young adult series, Endgame. The first book in the series will be released October 7th: and while Niantic Project’s mobile app is set to launch that same day, many of Endgame‘s characters have started becoming active on social media following a series of meteorite impacts on June 11th, kicking off the narrative. Ingress‘ recent release on iOS devices will likely help inform the development of its Endgame counterpart.

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Posted on July 14, 2014 by Editor

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The Revenge Of Frey

from Publishers Weekly

BEA 2014: Big Children’s Books at BEA

By Diane Roback, Carolyn Juris, John Sellers, and Matia Burnett

Endgame by James Frey is HarperCollins’s big YA title of the show; it releases in September with a one-million-copy first printing. A Google-based game and an in-book puzzle are part of the series’ multiplatform concept, and a film is in the works. In other Frey news, The Revenge of Seven, the second-to-last title in the Lorien Legacy series, arrives in late August with a 400,000-copy first printing. Other big fall titles from Harper include the second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book; The Guardian Herd: Starfire, first in a new series (“It’s Warriors with horses,” said publicity director Sandee Roston); The Swap by Megan Shull, a Freaky Friday–style story set in in middle school; Madeline Roux’s sequel to Asylum, titled Sanctum; Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang; and Positive, a memoir from 19-year-old first-time author Paige Rawl about her experiences with bullying while growing up with HIV.

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Posted on July 6, 2014 by Editor

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Insomniac: The Life And Times of Pasquale Rotella

from DEADLINE Hollywood

Fox 2000, Temple Hill To Bring EDM Mogul Pasquale Rotella’s Life To Screen, Buying James Frey-Penned Memoir


ELEEXCLUSIVE: Based on a book proposal, Fox 2000 has made a preemptive acquisition of Insomniac: The Life And Times of Pasquale Rotella, a memoir that the Electronic Dance Music mogul is writing with A Million Little Pieces author James Frey. The book, which St. Martin’s Press will publish next summer, tells of Rotella’s rags to riches ride as the architect of Insomniac, a company behind the biggest EDM events in the country. Rotella became a promoter at the beginning of the rave scene in the early 1990s, starting with 50 people in warehouses in Venice Beach, to staging events like the Electric Daisy Carnival Flagship Festival, which draws 400,000 to Vegas each June. He reportedly sold half his company to Live Nation for $50 million.

Temple Hill‘s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce with Haven Entertainment’s Rachel Miller, and Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff will oversee it with Temple Hill’s Isaac Klausner. The studio views it as a way into the immensely popular EDM world, with an edgy 8 Mile/Social Network-type look look at a provocative character scratching for his share of the American dream. Mollie Glick at Foundry and Lev Ginsburg at Ginsburg Daniels brokered the deal. Frey’s repped by WME.

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Posted on June 1, 2014 by Editor

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ENDGAME: Million Dollar Cover

from The Guardian

Million dollar cover reveal for James Frey’s new Endgame series

Newsflash: Readers around the world are given the chance to win a million dollars in gold by solving the clues of a super-puzzle!

by Amber Segal

Endgame James FreyEmblazoned… Endgame: The Calling by James Frey. Photograph: HarperCollins

The first novel in James Frey’s Endgame series, The Calling, is set for release in 36 countries on 7 October 2014, and today publishers HarperCollins have revealed its golden cover. But there’s more!

As a surreal real-life tie-in, readers across the globe can solve clues both within the book and in the outside world to be in with a chance of winning the extraordinary prize this cover represents. Very mysterious! The prize, a million dollars in gold, is going to be displayed in a soon-to-be-revealed public location…

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Posted on May 23, 2014 by Editor

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Little Shaq (from Shaq and Full Fathom Five Woo-hoo!)


Shaq to publish a children’s book series

Courtesy USA Today

Shaquille O’Neal can add a new title to his LinkedIn profile: “Children’s book author.”

The retired basketball player will author a new series of books called Little Shaq for early readers. It will be based on O’Neal’s childhood and feature a series of adventures of a young Shaq and his cousin Barry.

“I am excited to be working with Bloomsbury on this project that will reach young, independent readers,” O’Neal said in a statement. “Education is a cause that is very important to me and I love that this series will combine reading with my love of basketball. It’s a slam dunk for literacy!”

The first book is scheduled to be published in 2015.

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Posted on May 15, 2014 by Editor

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DOROTHY MUST DIE – Exclusive Trailer

from USA Today

Exclusive trailer: Preview the book ‘Dorothy Must Die’

Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Beneath that sweet exterior, Dorothy Gale is a cold, hard witch.

That’s the idea behind a new young-adult book, anyway — and I think it’s one that might prompt teens (and their parents) to take another plunge into the land of Oz.

In her dark new novel, Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige re-imagines the fantasy landscape we grew up with. Her world paints the Scarecrow as a character who “conducts inhumane experiments on winged monkeys,” the Tin Man as a trained killer, the Cowardly Lion as a “monster out for blood” and Dorothy as a power-hungry woman who must be stopped.

Today I’m debuting the trailer for the book, which goes on sale next week. Intrigued? A whopping 12 free chapters have been posted on Epic Reads. For $1.99 you also can grab No Place Like Oz, Paige’s prequel e-book.

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Posted on April 8, 2014 by Editor

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Join New Canaan Resident & Author James Frey for Lunch

from Hamlet Hub

Join New Canaan Resident & Author James Frey for Lunch

Join worldwide bestselling author and New Canaan resident James Frey at The Bedford Post ‘Literary Lunch Series’ on Thursday February 27 from 11.30am – 2.00pm.

Frey is the author of controversial bestsellers “A Million Little Pieces”, “My Friend Leonard”, “Bright Shiny Morning” and “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible”. Frey is also the Founder and CEO of Full Fathom Five, a transmedia production company responsible for the New York Times–bestselling young adult series “The Lorien Legacies”. The first book of which “I Am Number Four” (2010) was made into a hit feature film by DreamWorks Studios. His next book, “Endgame”, will be released in October 2014 in partnership with Harper Collins, Google and 20th Century Fox.

This forthcoming event has caused a great deal of excitement in our household. My husband and I are avid readers of Frey’s.

A couple of month’s ago I attended the Anjelica Huston literary lunch at the Bedford Post, which was excellent. The informal style enables you to relax, chat, eat good food then listen to the author speak freely.

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Posted on January 25, 2014 by Editor

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PW Exclusive: James Frey Talks Endgame

from Publisher’s Weekly

PW Exclusive: James Frey Talks Endgame

By Rachel Deahl

credit: Leon Alberti

James Frey doesn’t do things in a quiet way. Since his literary career imploded after questions surfaced about the veracity of his addiction memoir, A Million Little Pieces, Frey has moved on to bigger projects. In 2010 he launched his own company called Full Fathom Five, to package young adult novels and series. While some in the press railed against the outfit as a “fiction factory,” it has been productive. FFF was behind the YA series-turned-film I Am Number Four and, yesterday, announced its most ambitious project to date: a multi-platform series called Endgame that will feature a geo-location game (created by Google), a series of books and novellas co-written by Frey (to be published by HarperCollins), and a forthcoming film adaptation (being produced by 20th Century Fox).

Endgame, for which the film rights alone fetched a reported $2 million, is the kind of elaborate project, exploiting IP across a range of media, that many in publishing feel is the future. Frey talked to PW about the series, the intricacies of orchestrating a story that will exist in multiple forms, and whether he’s still angry about being ambushed on Oprah.PW: Can you explain how the project came together? Were you conceiving of the storyline, initially, as just a book? A book and a movie?

JF: It was conceived as a project that would exist across multiple platforms, and that the story would be told in books, novellas, games, film, and TV. [We also knew it] would have a social media presence, and exist in places – such as search results and mapping coordinates and YouTube – that aren’t traditionally mediums for storytelling and writing.

PW: When did the gaming element come into play?

JF: My first conversations with Google Niantic were approximately a year ago.

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— HarperCollins to Publish New Novels by James Frey – NEW YORK TIMES
— Google’s Niantic follows Ingress with Endgame – C|NET
— ‘Pieces’ Author Frey Has Multibook, Media Deal – ABC NEWS
— James Frey wins $2m deal for young adult SF novel – THE GUARDIAN
— ‘Pieces’ author Frey has multibook, media deal – WASHINGTON POST
— HarperCollins, Google’s Niantic Labs, 20th Century Fox Collaborate With Bestselling Author James Frey On Next Generation Cross-Media Project, ENDGAME – WALL STREET JOURNAL MARKETWATCH
— ‘Pieces’ author Frey has multi-book, media deal – THE JAMAICA OBSERVER

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Editor

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Going hot and heavy over Endgame

from Deadline Hollywood

Fox Takes James Frey’s ‘Endgame’ In Year’s First 7-Figure Deal With Google In The Mix


image courtesy of THRUPDATED: 9:48 PMFox landed James Frey’s Endgame, and the deal was around $2 million with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Details will be forthcoming, but Google is involved. Fox joins sister company HarperCollins, which bought publishing rights. Here is what the book’s about: In a world similar to Earth, there are 12 bloodlines, or races. Each bloodline has a champion between the ages of 13 and 17 who is trained as a warrior and is always ready to do battle. When they turn 18, the teen warrior behind them gets promoted. This has been the case for hundreds of years, but no one remembers why — they’re always ready for some sort of battle to take place, but it never does. But the tradition continues. And then one day they’re called to fight, and all the bloodlines but the winners will be exterminated. They’re fighting to be the last race. WME brokered.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 2:56 pm PST: In the first bidding battle of the new year, Fox and Warner Bros are going hot and heavy over Endgame, a Hunger Games-type young-adult novel by James Frey.

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Posted on January 11, 2014 by Editor

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R29: James Frey’s 6 Books You Need To Read This Winter

from Refinery 29

James Frey’s Reading List: 6 Books You Need This Winter


openerEven if one of your New Year’s resolutions wasn’t to read more, we think we could all benefit from less Bachelor-watching and more Bovary. PS, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a book first. Jersey Shore wasn’t.

To help you get your literature on during the long, dark winter nights, we turned to author James Frey for a winter-reading hit-list. Whether you’re a fan of Frey or not, we think his six picks, which range from a tale of models-turned-terrorists to a kid’s book you’ll want to steal from your nephew, are the perfect (equally gripping) alternatives to, say, Emily Thorne’s quest for vengeance. PPS: Us Weekly doesn’t count as reading, either.

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Posted on January 8, 2014 by Editor

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MOST WANTED – Richard Phillips and James Frey

from Harper’s Books

PHILLIPS, Richard and James Frey (text).

Most Wanted.

London: White Cube, (2011). First Editions. Quartos. Set of 10 books; each features the same internal content, but was issued with different images on the front and rear boards. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Richard Phillips: Most Wanted, White Cube Hoxton Square, London, January 28 – March 5, 2011. Includes reproductions of Phillips’ Most Wanted series, a collection of pastels and paintings of ten young celebrities, alongside paparazzi photographs of the same figures: Chace Crawford, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Momsen, Dakota Fanning, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Robert Pattinson. With a text, titled Unwanted, by James Frey. Uniformly fine to near fine in illustrated boards. No jackets, as issued.

Item #17471

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Price: $1,000.00

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Posted on November 24, 2013 by Editor

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WES LANG (and James Frey)


Wes Lang Hardcover

by James Frey  (Author) , Wes Lang (Artist)

Wes Lang’s (born 1972) first monograph focuses on his works on paper–complicated arrangements of his typically American iconography, expertly rendered in ink and paint and juxtaposed in riotous combinations. These images, selected from a decade’s worth of material, range from the artist’s covers for a 2012 Grateful Dead box set chronicling their epic 1990 tour (fulfilling a teenage dream of Lang’s) to precise classical drawing reminiscent of a nineteenth-century illustrator, in a dizzying mix of American history, biker culture, tattoo iconography, ornament, Native American art, pin-ups, newspaper headlines and Taoist texts. This book–the only Wes Lang monograph in print–contains an essay by author James Frey and will undoubtedly appeal to both Lang’s substantial online following and to fans of Americana.

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Posted on November 19, 2013 by Editor

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from USA Today

‘Dorothy Must Die’ series gives Oz heroine a wicked spin

Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

Roll out the welcome mat, Darth Vader, Professor Moriarty and Walter White. Dorothy Gale is making a home on the dark side. And her little dog, too.

The spunky female heroine of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz books and the classic 1939 movie turns villainous at the hands of debut young-adult novelist Danielle Page with her planned Dorothy Must Dietrilogy (HarperCollins).

The first book, Dorothy Must Die (out April 1), introduces Amy Gumm, a pink-haired, modern-day Kansas teenager who, like Dorothy years earlier, gets transported via tornado to Oz. However, Oz isn’t much of a magical place anymore — it’s now under the iron fist of Dorothy and her henchmen, the Tin Man and his pals. Amy is recruited by the formerly wicked witches to nab the Scarecrow’s brain, rip out the Tin Man’s heart, remove the Lion’s courage and take out Dorothy once and for all.

So, how did Dorothy go from good-hearted kid to someone who could give the Wicked Witch of the West a lesson in evil? Paige sets the stage for what’s to come in the e-book prequel novella No Place Like Oz (available Tuesday), which catches up with 16-year-old Dorothy two years after she arrives home from her first trip to Oz. It doesn’t take long for her to quickly feel the need to return to that wondrous landscape, but what she finds there twists her into something new and very different.

In her first interview about the project, which is in development to become a CW TV series, Paige, who is 38 and lives in New York City, talks with USA TODAY. And check out an exclusive excerpt from No Place Like Oz.

[ click to read interview and excerpt at USA Today ]

Posted on November 10, 2013 by Editor

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Frey Rocks Placebo

from MTV

Rock Lit: Placebo Cops Inspiration From James Frey’s Controversial Memoir

by Photo credit: Keren PoznanskyPhoto credit: Keren Poznansky

The inspiration for a song on Placebo’s latest album, Loud Like Love, comes from an unlikely place: James Frey’s controversial account of drug addiction that drew headlines for its falsified passages. For frontman Brian Molko, the book tapped into something he wanted to pursue musically. And it’s not the first time the musician has used his interest in reading to inspire a song.

Molko has released seven albums with Placebo since their self-titled 1996 debut and often takes a literary approach to songwriting. The band’s new disc, which recently came out via Universal, extends their lengthy and darkly moody discography, exploring serious subject matter like drug addiction. For Molko, books are a way to tap into new ways of expressing ideas and aid songwriting by learning new words and turns of phrase.

The songwriter and musician spoke with Hive about his experience with books, what sort of literature he prefers and just why he’s so compelled by James Frey.

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Posted on October 29, 2013 by Editor

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20-years On and Grateful

from Dan’s Papers

Author James Frey Celebrates 20 Years Clean and Sober


Hamptons resident, writer and publisher James Frey celebrates 20 years sober today. The 44-year-old author of controversial bestseller A Million Little PiecesMy Friend LeonardBright Shiny Morning and, his latest, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible has been both lauded and vilified in the literary world, but he continues to attract a legion of enthusiastic readers and fans.

Frey addressed his friends and supporters on Facebook this morning about this milestone anniversary:

“20 years ago today I went to the Hazelden Foundation for treatment of alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Haven’t had a drink or used a drug since. Thank you to Hazelden, to my family and to my friends for all of the love and support. And to the many many readers and supporters I know on here or have never met, there have been dark times in these years, and you have helped more than you know, more than you know. I’m a lucky mother______. Thank you thank you thank you.”

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Posted on October 14, 2013 by Editor

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Dorothy Must Die

from Entertainment Weekly

HarperCollins announces Oz-inspired series ‘Dorothy Must Die’ — EXCLUSIVE


More than a century after L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City continues to shine brightly in pop culture. Debut novelist Danielle Paige signed a three-book and three-digital novella deal with HarperCollins. The series will start with Dorothy Must Die, described as “The Wizard of Oz meets Kill Bill“, in April 2014. In this re-imagining, a twister rips through Kansas and transports Amy Gumm — most likely inspired by Judy Garland’s birth name Frances Gumm — into Oz, which has been transformed under Dorothy’s tyrannical misrule. In a complete twist from the original, Amy must steal the Scarecrow’s brain, remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, and take the Lion’s courage. And ultimately — destroy Dorothy.

“Growing up, I read all of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books too many times to count,” said author Danielle Paige in a press release. “Getting to revisit Oz and explore the darkness alongside the Technicolor is a thrill.”

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Posted on September 30, 2013 by Editor

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#5 NYT #3

from The New York Times


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Posted on September 14, 2013 by Editor

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#5 WSJ #1



By The Associated Press

Best-Selling Books Week Ended September 1st.


1. “The Fall of Five” by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)

2. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

3. “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

4. “Mistress” by James PattersonDavid Ellis (Little, Brown)

5. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Doubleday)

6. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Books)

7. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

8. “And the Mountain Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)

9. “The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett” by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)

10. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

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Posted on September 4, 2013 by Editor

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THE FALL OF FIVE – Sneak Peak from EW @ First Three Chapters

from Entertainment Weekly

Read the first three chapters of the next ‘I Am Number Four’ novel ‘Fall of Five’ — EXCLUSIVE


For fans of the I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore, today is an epic day: There’s the paperback release of The Rise of Nine; the e-book release of The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones, the sixth installment in the digital spin-off series; and The Lost Files: Secret Histories, a paperback version of three previously digital-only novellas (The Search for SamThe Last Days of Lorien, and The Forgotten Ones). Plus, you get the first sneak peek at the opening three chapters of the upcoming The Fall of Five (8/27), exclusively at EW. Read on below:

In the first three chapters of The Fall of Five, Sam doesn’t know what happened to the Garde, which turns out to be useful when all-powerful Mogardorian leader Sektrakus Ra interrogates him personally. Thrown into isolation, Sam starts to go a bit crazy, until he’s rescued by hid dad. Now father and son have a lot of catching up to do if they’re going to help save an endangered planet…

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Posted on July 23, 2013 by Editor

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Frey Check

from Strange Reaction

James Frey Interview

About a decade back I heard about a book called A Million Little Pieces. Everybody seemed to be talking about it everywhere I went. Finally a year after it came out I picked up a copy and started reading it while I was in-line to buy it. The first chapter was one of the best openings to a book ever. I was hooked.

I’m sure many people are aware of the backlash that came from James Frey’s television appearances. My thinking was this, here is a guy that is recounting his years of drug use, there is bound to be some moments that are blurry. No one ever took Hunter S. Thompson to task over the alleged bat sightings in Barstow.

1. First off, I want to thank you for agreeing to do this interview. I have always felt that the first chapter of A Million Little Pieces was, probably, one of the best first chapters written in the last ten to twenty years. How long before it was published did you write it?

Thank you. Happy to do it. I wrote AMLP in 2001. It took about a year to write. I was living in LA, in Venice. I had been writing movies and sort of hated it, decided I would rather fail at what I wanted to do than be sort of successful at something that I didn’t really want to do. When we sent it to publishers, 17 turned it down before somehow was willing to publish it.

2. In My Friend Leonard you write about you and your friends going to a Vandals concert. Were/are you a fan of punk rock or was this a one off event?

Definitely not a one off. Have listened to punk since I was about fourteen. In the 80’s, when I grew up, I loved the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, the Circle Jerks. The Vandals put on an amazing show. Have seen them a few times. The best shows I saw were in LA, where they got an amazing crowd, and Live Fast, Diarrhea is one of the great albums of the 90’s. Still listen to most of the same music I listened to when I was a teenager. Always listen to music while I write.

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Posted on July 22, 2013 by Editor

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from big think

On Writing: Henry Miller Made Me Do It



I became a writer after I read Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller when I was 22. I couldn’t believe somebody wrote that book.  I couldn’t believe somebody said what he said and lived how he lived and wrote this book.  I was just blown away by it.

And after I had finished it, I said to myself, “I want to do what he did.  I want to make some punk kid somewhere feel what that book made me feel.”  And from then, that’s all I tried to do.  I moved to Paris.  I read a lot of books.  I sat along in rooms for hours and hours and hours, just trying to write.  I came to be a writer because I looked over the course of literary history, very few sort of writers who made it into the canon went to school to be taught to write.  You know, before 1970, that idea didn’t really even exist.  So I wanted to do it sort of the old fashioned way.  Sit in a room; try to figure out how to get what was in my head on to paper.

And then it’s just a long process of building confidence.  For years, I couldn’t do it.  And then I started to be able to do it.  And when I started to be able to do it, I did it more.  And you know, it took me about 10 years from the time I wanted to write a book to publish a book.  And it was hard.  It wasn’t easy.  I think you have to devote a lot of time and energy and dedication to doing it, to learn how to sit in a room by yourself without ever losing faith in being able to do it at some point.

I think that’s one of the big traps young writers get into as well is they’ll work for a month of two months or three months.  And they’ll say, “I’m never, I can’t do what I want to do.  I’m never going to be able to do it.”  So they give up.  I just never gave up.

When I decided to become a writer, I wanted to do things in very specific ways.  I wanted to write in a way that nobody had ever done before, I wanted to use my own system of grammar; my own system of punctuation.  I wanted to lay words out on a page in very specific ways.  I wanted to sort of obliterate the ideas of fact or fiction and whether they mattered and sort of do things in some ways that come out of the art world, where genres don’t really exist and where you can do a self-portrait and make it look however you want or you can take something and call it whatever you want.  You can appropriate something from whatever source you want.

It took a long time.  Just me sitting in a room by myself working.  I always say to people, “If I can do it, anybody can do it.”  I didn’t have any special gift or any special talent; I just wanted to do it and was willing to sit there until I could.

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think’s studio.

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Posted on June 5, 2013 by Editor

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Lorien Legacies: RISE OF NINE Trailer (by Julian Nisenboim)

This is kind of awesome. – PITTACUS LORE

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Editor

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Lorien Legacies: FALL OF FIVE Character Prophecies


Fall of Five Character Prophecies: Part I

This week on the official I AM NUMBER FOUR Facebook page, we revealed a few sneak peeks at the fate of some of our favorite characters in THE FALL OF FIVE. Here’s a roundup of the first three posts, with more to come throughout the month of June!

Read on for some choice quotes from THE FALL OF FIVE. The battle is heating up, and some of the Garde and their friends may not survive….

prophecyquote01 sam Fall of Five Character Prophecies: Part I

After being held prisoner by the Mogadorians for weeks, Sam is finally free. But without any Legacies of his own, will he have what it takes to get his revenge?

Now that John has become responsible for the group, his number one priority is keeping them safe—no matter what the cost.

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Posted on June 2, 2013 by Editor

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Otherworld Chronicles: THE SEVEN SWORDS

Otherworld Chronicles: Seven Swords Trailer from Aubrey Hardwick on Vimeo.


Posted on June 1, 2013 by Editor

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Kirkus Star for Bennett Madison’s SEPTEMBER GIRLS

from Kirkus Reviews

Bennett Madison - SeptemberGirls


A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel.

Sam, his father and his older brother are all coping—with varying degrees of success; Sam’s coping includes whiskey and frozen pizza—with Sam’s mother’s departure for Women’s Land. In an attempt to pull things together, his dad decides they will spend the summer on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Prickly yet lethargic, 17-year-old Sam gradually becomes intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful blonde girls who work at the hotels and restaurants there. Interspersed throughout Sam’s slightly sarcastic first-person narration are short, haunting prose poems from these sisters, who can’t swim though they come from the ocean and whose mother is the Deepness and whose father is the Endlessness. The girls seem to reinvent themselves as needed, much as they reinvent the island where they live, adding to the air of mystery.  The brothers’ parents are vividly portrayed, particularly the once-frumpy mother who left their father in a “swamp of discontent”—which turns into a complete abandonment of his job and their usual life. The heart of the story centers on Sam’s gradual unfurling into a less brittle, kinder and more thoughtful youth. The writing, though realistically laced with the F-word and references to smoking and drinking, has a curiously appealing distance from the ordinary but doesn’t abandon it altogether.

A not-mermaid story for boys. (Magical realism. 14 & up)

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Posted on May 21, 2013 by Editor

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9 Circles of Literary Damnation

from Shelf Awareness

Floor Display of the Day: ‘9 Circles of Literary Damnation’

“Fired up by the release of Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired new thriller, Inferno,” the staff at BookPeople, Austin, Tex, “put together a massive display on our first floor honoring all nine circles of Dante’s hell: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud & Treachery. From Fifty Shades of Grey (Lust) to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Violence) toThe Vanishers (Fraud, Treachery, actually that one covers a few…) to Garfield Weighs His Options (Gluttony) to Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut was an atheist–Limbo!), you are invited to gleefully descend into the fiery pits of damnation with us. Come on, you’ll like it. It’s warm down here.”

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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Editor

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Lorien Legacies Publication Order @ GoodReads


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Posted on April 29, 2013 by Editor

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The Power Of Six also for Audi

from The New Indian Express

Audi presents special power of six

By Ammar Alvi

Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch.

Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch.

To commemorate the sale of 6,000 A6 models in India, German auto giant Audi has launched a special edition of the car with extra features that make the A6 a special treat for premium sedan lovers.

German auto giant Audi always surprises its loyal customers with new offerings. Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch. The company has packed it up with features to stand out and maintain its exclusive status.

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Posted on April 21, 2013 by Editor

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