This Week in the World of Books

New Rowling: J. K. Rowling, writing under her pen name, Richard Gailbraith, will continue the tale of Cormoran Strike in The Silkworm slated to come out June 19. Rowling’s first novel under the pen name, Cuckoo’s Calling, was a critical success and received a lot of attention following a leak on twitter last year revealing Rowling as the true author.

Full Cover: Buzzfeed takes a look at Janet Mock’s recent interviews about her book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Mock talks about the book and the stories of her personal struggles as a trans woman, as well as discussing the differences in media coverage. “I think the number one thing is recognizing the other person’s humanity. I think with trans stories, people just see them as subjects, and when you see someone as a subject, therefore they look like an object to you…”

New Book By The Pope: Chicago press Loyola wins bid to publish Pope Francis’ book. The first book written by the Pope since entering the papacy, The Church of Mercy: My Vision for the Church is set to release around Easter (April 20).

Oh Oui, Oui: French booksellers take it all off to protest possible censorship. Everybody Gets Naked by Claire Frank & Marc Daniau came under attack by the leader of the French conservative political party during a recent interview. That spurred a protest by French booksellers and publishers this week, who released of a photo of everyone posing nude with only books to cover themselves. The book attempts to help children come to terms with their growing awareness of their own bodies and their personal body image.

You Can’t Go Home: This week Harper Lee reached a settlement with Monroe County Heritage Museum. The federal suit, filed last fall, faulted the museum for creating and selling memorabilia utilizing Lee’s name as well as the title of her famous book, To Kill a Mockingbird, without her consent or compensation to the author. The details of the settlement were not released. In 2011, the museum made more than $500,000 dollars from the sell of this merchandise.

I Spy With My Little Eye: Harriet the Spy turns 50 next week, and her old-school sleuthing, biting commentary, and tom-boy ways are still popular. Delacorte is releasing a special anniversary edition of Fitzhugh’s debut novel equipped with new maps and special commentary by 14 children’s book professionals.

Thank you, Mr. Patterson: This week, bestselling author James Patterson announced the first round of grant recipients in his $1 Million Indie Bookstore Campaign. Announced last year, booksellers have been applying to the program since September. Patterson also reached out to readers and authors to nominate their favorite indies. We’re thrilled & honored to be included on the list of some very great indie bookstores who received grants, with plans to continue our work with AISD on book-based curriculum enhancements.

Remembered: Jhumpa Lahiri & Michael Ondaatje lend their pen to The Guardian to remember Mavis Gallant. Mavis Gallant was an amazing Canadian story-teller who passed away on Tuesday. She was 91.

Award Season: The first Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prizes were announced on Tuesday: Anthony Mara for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena & David Finkel for Thank You for Your Service. The prize was established in the memory of Politics & Prose, DC, co-founder Carla Cohen and honors authors of debut or second works.

Unbroken Trailer: Angelina Jolie directs Unbroken based on the book about Olympian Louise Zamperini’s life. The trailer debuted during the Olympics. Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redepmtion is the story of Zamperini’s journey from athlete to Japanese prisoner of war. The screenplay is written by the Coen brothers and will be in theaters this Christmas.

How Presidents Get Lit: Presidents day was on Monday. Channel your inner Van Buren and look at the list Buzzfeed put together of all 44 Presidents’ favorite books.

A Tweet of a Different Color: His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman’s twitter feed is dedicated to telling the story of Jeffrey the housefly. Instead of 140 character quips from the author, Jeffery’s stories of life, love and loss are the basis of the author’s twitter timeline. “Jeffrey listless, melancholic. My fault: I left a volume of French verse open on the kitchen table and he’d spent the night on Baudelaire”

Vacation Plans, check: Next time you’re planning a vacation, check out the Huffington Post‘s list of spots to read. Perfect for when you need a break and want to get lost in a world just as interesting as the one in the book you’ll be reading.

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