Khloe Kardashian Is Writing A New Book


Khloe Kardashian’s upcoming book will teach readers “how to create strength and true beauty in every area of their lives by building a strong body, mind, heart, and spirit.”

“I am so excited about sharing my philosophy on how I live and the power of strength,” said Kardashian. “I hope to be an inspiration to readers everywhere on how they can create their own true strength and beauty inside and out.” The book will be out this fall.

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Sci Fi ~ Show May 23 and 24


“My Real Children” by Jo Walton
“Lock In” by John Scalzi
“William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” by Ian Doescher
“Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie
“The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North
“World of Trouble” by Ben H Winters
“Apolonia” by Jamie McGuire

Ian Doescher, Author

Award winning Sci Fi books that explore galaxies and times far, far away – and interior worlds that are often more foreign. Attention Star Wars fans: Elaine speaks with Ian Doescher, author of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.” Love it, you will….especially the dramatic asides from R2D2!

New Dr Seuss Book Out Soon


Random House Children’s Books has increased its first printing on What Pet Should I Get?, a just discovered new picture book by the late Dr. Seuss, from 500,000 to 1 million. The book, which goes on sale July 28, was first announced in February, after the unpublished manuscript was rediscovered in 2013 by Seuss’s (Ted Geisel), widow, Audrey Geisel, and his longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott.

“We were absolutely overjoyed to see the response to What Pet Should I Get? from every corner of the book world,” said Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of RHCB. “A new book by a publishing legend like Dr. Seuss is an extraordinary event, and we are delighted to announce an increased first printing to 1 million copies, to match the incredible support and pre-orders we are seeing.

The book features the brother and sister characters from Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish, who attempt to choose a pet.

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Cannabis Cooking Goes High End


With marijuana now legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, industries are cashing in on the increasing accessibility of pot. Wired outlined legal marijuana’s $40 billion future, and Forbes called legal cannabis this year’s “best startup opportunity.” The book industry is no exception, and traditional publishers are getting in on the action by releasing two upscale cannabis cookbooks this year.

Karin Lazarus, the owner of Sweet Mary Jane, a popular Boulder, Colorado spot for baked medical marijuana-laced edibles, has been called the “Martha Stewart of weed baking” by New York magazine, and is the star of Colorado’s growing canni-business industry. Her debut cookbook, Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-end Desserts, is due out in June.

When Lazarus approached the publisher with her cookbook idea, they immediately loved it. “There are plenty of stoner cookbooks to be found on the internet and in specialty stores but, as far as we know, Sweet Mary Jane is the first major effort by one of the Big Five publishing houses to publish a high-end cannabis cookbook that provides real, gourmet baking recipes,” said Avery associate editor Gigi Campo. She also added there’s been little resistance in terms of marketing, as booksellers and distributors, even in states where weed hasn’t been decriminalized, seek out the cookbook.

Lazarus walks cooks through the importance of labeling, changing legal issues, required equipment, potency limits, and other potholes. The old addition of “lawn clippings” into chocolate-y brownie mix is a thing of the past, Lazarus explained. Her new application infuses it into sugar, the “magical ingredient” which masks the grassy flavor of the herb most effectively, concocting recipes such as Smashing Pumpkin White Chocolate-Pumpkin Bars, Mad Batter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake, and Pot Tarts.

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Pulitzer Winners Announced

Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See and Elizabeth Kolbert’s nonfiction work The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History were among the books awarded 2015 Pulitzer Prizes, April 20 at Columbia University.

Inspired by the “horrors of World War II,” Doerr’s novel was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Pulitzer jury described All The Light We Cannot See as a novel written in “short elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.” In addition to a being critical success, All the Light was one of 2014’s top-selling books and continues to sell well with a total of 1.6 million print and digital copies now in circulation.

Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The jury described the book as “an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity.”

David I. Kertzer’s The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for biography for its “engrossing” look at the lives of “two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.”

Gregory Pardlo’s Digest was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, for a collection of “clear-voiced poems,” that are “rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.”

Elizabeth A. Fenn’s Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for history.
Pulitzer Prize winners will receive $10,000 and a Pulitzer Prize certificate.

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Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity A Best Seller?

A book explaining Einstein’s theory of general relativity seems an unlikely contender for a bestseller. But in Italy, Sette Brevi Lezioni di Fisica (Seven Brief Lessons in Physics), written by a physicist who spends most of his time grappling with the unsolved problem of quantum gravity, took many by surprise recently when it became the highest selling book for two straight months, sharing shelf space in bookstores with Cinquanta Sfumature di Grigio (Fifty Shades of Grey).

The book’s success – it has sold 140,000 copies in six months – has left its author, 58-year-old Carlo Rovelli, “a bit overwhelmed”. “It has gone much, much beyond the readership that I imagined. I think that what people like is that it is relatively simple, but there’s a lot of poetry in it – in the sense of trying to show the beauty of nature.”

The book, published in Italy, is as straightforward as its title implies. Rovelli explains scientific theories and concepts that were discovered in the 20th century, including quantum mechanics and black holes. He also describes the problems that have yet to be solved in the 21st century. In his explanation of the most “beautiful theory” – Einstein’s theory of general relativity – Rovelli writes of space curving, bending and stretching all around us. “I recount the emotion I went through as a student when I started visualising it, and suddenly things started to make sense, like the Earth going around the sun,” he said.

Rovelli believes that sales of the book – which will be published in English later this year– have benefited from the popularity of recent science-themed films such as “The Theory of Everything” and “Interstellar.” Rovelli said science had often been viewed with suspicion in Italy because of the influence of the Catholic church, and more broadly in Europe because of “leftwing” arguments that suggest that knowledge based on the study of humanities – philosophy, art, and literature – is superior to scientific knowledge. “I am from that generation that, when I was a kid, there was much more fascination and much less fear about science. I think people are tired of science-bashing,” he said. “Science is beautiful. It is just knowledge.”

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Since it’s opening in 1982 in a 500 sq. ft. space in Coral Gables, Fl., Books & Books has grown. Its flagship store moved across the street into a 9,000 sq. ft. location, which is on the Register of Historic Places, added a full-service café, and now hosts more than 60 events a month. In 1989, owner Mitchell Kaplan added a second store on Lincoln Road in South Beach. After the opening of a third store in 2005 in the Bal Harbor Shops, an upscale mall that boasts the highest dollar per sq. ft. ratio in the world, Books & Books began leveraging its brand. In 2007, it opened a store in the Cayman Islands. Three years later it opened an affiliate store in Westhampton Beach, Long Island. Books & Books also partners on stores in Miami International airport, at the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami, and at the Coral Gables Museum. In addition, the bookstore developed a publishing arm five years ago and has released close to a dozen titles.

Books & Books head Kaplan helped found the Miami Book Fair more than 30 years ago, and he serves on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literature & Writing, Miami-Dade College’s literary center, the umbrella organization for the book fair. He is a former president of the American Booksellers Association and serves on the board of the American Booksellers for Free Expression. In 2011, Kaplan received the National Book Foundation’s “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.”

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