Book Empire Vol. 18

All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.

We understand how busy you are and how difficult it is to keep up with all the book news that’s being thrown at you every day. To make your life a little easier, we’ll compound the most important bits into 1 blog post every week, exactly telling you what you need to know. Please don’t worry your pretty little head about the possibility of propaganda or censorship. We’ll do that for you.

Dive into the very fascinating world of celebrity ghostwriting. We all know on some level that most non-literary, non-funny celebrities don’t really write their own biographies and memoirs. But what we don’t know is who these ghosts in the machines actually are.
So meet some of these cogs in the larger publishing machine and see what the life of a ghostwriter is really like.

There is good news for self-publishing writers! You know get a chance at world-wide recognition and actual monthly literary prizes.
At least actual as in, these are made up especially for you.

The Uni Project, based in New York, is yet another example of how easy it is to incorporate reading and books into everyday life. The project will create reading rooms in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. These ‘rooms’ we be created out on the street with the help of small movable reading rooms that can be put down just about anywhere.
They will also ship these reading room kits all over the world. Maybe we can all chip in!

The final season of Mad Men has started and this means we are in for yet another wild ride of Don Draper reading books. However, Don Draper doesn’t just read, he also inspires original works. Leah Umansky is the author of the chapbook Don Dreams and I Dream which contains Mad Men inspired poetry.
Yes, it’s called a chapbook. Look it up.

If you are feeling a little down but you are not yet at the ninth level of hell depression level, Douglas Coupland has made a reading list especially for you! He told the AV Club about the best nihilistic books that you have probably never heard of.
With titles like Tales of Young Urban Failures and Kill Your Friends, you just can’t go wrong.

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