Columbine Mom Sells Memoir


Susan Klebold, whose son Dylan was one of the two boys who killed 12 students and wounded 24 others at his high school in Columbine, Colo., in 1999, has sold a memoir to Crown Publishers. The book will break Klebold’s 15-year silence about the disaster and aim to answer the question, “What, if anything, should she have done differently?”

Klebold, whose profits from the book will be donated to research and charities focused on mental health problems, was compelled to write the book because of the string of school shootings that have recently dominated the news, including those in Newtown, Conn., and at Reynolds High in Troutdale, Ore. The choice to write the book was not an easy one for Klebold, but she hopes the title will enable other parents to spot the signs that their children might become violent, signs she missed.

The book, which is currently untitled, will, “invite readers into [Klebold's] very private struggle of the last fifteen years as she and her family have tried to understand the events of that terrible day and the role they ultimately played in it.”

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Finalists For Top Business Book Award


Six finalists have been named for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on November 11 in London, and will receive £30,000, with each shortlisted author receiving £10,000.

The shortlist for the 2014 Award are:
“Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance” by Julia Angwin
“The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologie” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
“Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull
“Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch” by Nick Davies
“House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again” by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi
“Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty

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A look at LA Noir ~ Show November 1 and 2


“The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly
“Perfidia” by James Ellroy
“Rose Gold” by Walter Mosely
“The Golem of Hollywood” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
“Imperial Bedrooms” by Bret Easton Ellis
“The Barbarian Nurseries” by Hector Tobar
“The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler, a BBC Radio 4 Production

James Ellroy, Author

Elaine travels down the literary 405 for a look at LA Noir – with evocative characters tossed into a literary stew and seasoned with a strong sense of place. James Ellroy introduces us to Book 1 of his 2nd LA Quartet – “Perfidia.”

The World’s Top Earning Authors


Watch out Danielle Steel and Stephen King – the kids are coming. The world’s top-earning authors list includes three young newcomers who made more than $9 million each in the last year.

In a ranking long-dominated by stalwarts like crime writer James Patterson (who earned an estimated $90 million between June 2013 and June 2014), several of these “youngsters” have joined the ranks of big earners due to the increased commercial appeal of teen literature. Young adult author Veronica Roth‘s ranks 6th on account of her “Divergent” trilogy which sold a combined 6.7 million copies in 2013, earning her around $17 million between June 2013 and June 2014. At just 26, Roth is the youngest newcomer on the ranking, and one of seven women on the 17-person list. 37-year-old newcomer John Green’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” propelled him to an estimated $9 million yearly paycheck. The YA love story, which follows the trials of two cancer-stricken teens, has sold well over 1 million copies in the U.S. and spawned a weepy summer blockbuster. Green is tied for 12th place with Gillian Flynn, who joins the rankings for the first time due to the continued success of 2012′s “Gone Girl.” This New York Times bestseller sold 1.2 million copies in 2013.

Interestingly, a 2012 Bowker Market Research study suggested 55% of YA books are bought by people 18 and older. Adults aged between 30 and 44 accounted for 28% of all YA sales, and the books are purchased for their own reading the vast majority of the time.

With $14 million in earnings, the original young adult tour de force, J.K. Rowling, ranks 8th on the list. She continues to earn from back sales of her iconic Harry Potter series, while Pottermore – a proprietary website she setup to sell Harry Potter ebooks – earns millions. Unlike most authors, Rowling never signed over the digital rights to her books, so she sells directly to readers, earning far more from these digital sales than most authors do through ebooks.

Dan Brown, who first joined the Celebrity 100 ranking in 2004 thanks to the meteoric success of the Da Vinci Code, made an estimated $28 million from his Robert Langdon thriller series. In 2013, his fourth installment, “Inferno,” sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S.

Mainstays Nora Roberts ($23 million), Danielle Steel ($22 million) and Janet Evanovich ($20 million) round out the first five. Notably absent from the top: Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, who ranked third in 2013. This year, she earned a relatively paltry $16 million – a 71% decrease from the $55 million she pulled in between 2012 and 2013 – due to an 88% drop in book sales of her dystopian trilogy.

Collins still fared better than “Fifty Shades Of Grey” author E.L. James. The top earning author on last year’s ranking with a $95 million paycheck, James (No. 11) made just $10 million in this scoring period. Her erotic trilogy sold a meager 1.8 million copies in 2013, compared to more than 29 million in 2012.

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Newly Discovered Kerouac Letters Up For Auction


A newly discovered cache of letters by Jack Kerouac dating back to 1939 will be coming up for auction on November 16. There are 17 complete letters, two postcards and seven “substantial fragments” that “sustained significant damage from a leaking paint can.”
Typed and single-spaced, the letters often have a frenetic, breathless quality. Written by Kerouac as early as high school, they show, in part, the development of the writing style that would make him the most famous novelist of the Beat Generation.

Living in New York in 1941, Kerouac writes in one letter that he will return home to Lowell, Mass., for a weekend, typing in red ink, “because that is where the road began.”

Kerouac was writing to George J. Apostolos, a childhood friend in Lowell. Some of their correspondence has appeared in biographical works about Kerouac. These letters had been rumored to have been in Apostolos’ possession and possibly burned, but were discovered by his daughter after Apostolos died in 2010.

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Halloween Show ~ October 25 and 26

“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman
“The Quick” by Lauren Owen
“Rooms” by Lauren Oliver
“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell
“Evil Librarian” by Michelle Knudsen
“Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs
“The Girl with All The Gifts” by M R Carey

Sarah Bartlett, author of “A Guide to the World’s Supernatural Places” from National Geographic

The special Halloween edition of the Book Report. Elaine brings you a great crop of smart, scary books, a task she takes….very gravely. Fun, fantasy and literary treats.

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Royal Watchers…Look For A New Prince Harry Bio


Royalty biographer Penny Junor profiles the “spare” prince in “Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son,” a well-researched, if rose-tinted account of the Royal’s first 30 years.
Junor sympathetically recounts the royal family’s controversies—the affairs, leaked phone conversations, and various betrayals—and speculates on 12-year-old Harry’s feelings about his mother’s death. There are Harry’s own scandals, most of which Junor glosses over or denies, like his underage drinking, his Nazi masquerade-party costume, and the leaked nude photos taken in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Junor documents Harry’s military career from the “tough, brutal, relentless” drilling at Sandhurst to flight training at Shawbury, and his establishment as an Apache copilot gunner. He also covers Harry’s philanthropic activities, his charitable foundation for orphaned children in Lesotho, and his organization of the the inaugural U.K. Warrior games, an athletic event for wounded veterans.
Fans of royalty will also appreciate Junor’s details of the interior of Kensington Palace and Highgrove, the ins and outs of Eton College, as well as descriptions of William and Kate’s wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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