The Book Scoop: Anne Rice, Keith Richards, and Oprah


Here’s the weekly round-up of bookish news and articles that I found interesting. And it’s barely more than the first scoop of what’s available out there.

Eleventh Book in the Vampire Chronicles Series Announced
Anne Rice is usually the first reference in a list of good vampire literature. I admit, that I have never read any of her works, in particular “Interview with the Vampire,” the first novel in the series with French vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Despite previously announcing the series as finished, Rice has announced that the eleventh book, “Prince Lestat” will be released in October 2014 and will be the rue sequel to the third book in the series, “Queen of the Damned.” Perhaps it’s about time I started that series.

Award Season Never Ends – Finalists in Best Translated Book Awards Announced
I don’t think award season ever truly ends when it comes to books. The movie award season is over, but the Best Translated Book Awards finalists were announced this week. These awards were first created in 2007 and go to both fiction and poetry, with the winning authors and their translators receiving $5,000 in prize money. It’s safe to say that I am completely unfamiliar with these books but definitely check them out.

Keith Richards to be an Author Again
Keith Richards has become a grandfather again and at 70 years old will be publishing a children’s book with Little, Brown Book for Young Readers. The illustrations will be done by his daughter and the story will draw upon some of Richards’ childhood experiences. The book, “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar” will be released as both a hardcover book with a CD and an ebook on September 9, 2014.

Amazon Launches German-Language Imprint
Amazon Publishing continues to grow with the launch of its German-language imprint. The company will be looking for German fiction for both print and digital release. Some spring titles have already been identified and there is hope that this move will be very successful. The demand for German translations has been big enough to warrant this move so it will be interesting if an imprint focusing on the language will have a noticeable impact.

Oprah to Publish Her Articles
O, the Oprah Magazine has been around for 14 years and in each issue, Oprah has written a column in them. Now, Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan will be publishing the collection of articles. Both the column and the book will be titled “What I Know for Sure” and will be released September 2, 2014. To add to the bylines, Oprah will also write the book’s introduction.

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