Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 4:30am
Book News: Taliban Shooting Victim Is Publishing A Memoir: 'I Am Malala'
Updated: 2 years ago.
Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai is pictured during her recovery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, about a month after she was shot.
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.
- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman last fall for advocating girls' right to an education, plans to publish a memoir this fall titled, I Am Malala. "I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education," she wrote in a press release. Reports put the deal around $3 million, but no one at publisher Little, Brown was willing to confirm the number.
- Did you know that Sylvia Plath wrote a children's book?
- Brandee Barker, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's spokesperson, allegedly told a critic of Sandberg's book, Lean In, "There's a special place in hell for you." Taylor Swift joke, hoax or nervous breakdown?
- Nathan Englander, on needing coffee to write, in an interview with The Daily Beast: "I used to drink coffee Balzac-style, literally 90 gallons of coffee a day. I'm three years clean on decaf. I thought the muse was contained in the act of consuming enough caffeine until you were at the edge of psychosis you know, until you're writing with the lights off because you also think you're hiding from the CIA."
- Atlas Shrugged: Part III, is coming soon to a theatre near you. (Prompting the question did anyone know that there were Atlas Shrugged: Parts I & II?)
- The California Department of Education's new recommended reading list, released last week, has caused a stir because of a backlash against the handful of books featuring gay and transgender characters. In particular, comments from Sandy Rios, a radio show host and Fox News contributor, sparked outrage. Rios said, "The reading lists are very overtly propagating a point of view that is at odds with most American parents. Leftist educators are advocates of everything from socialism to sexual anarchy. It's very base; it's raping the innocence of our children."
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