Literary Links: June 21-27

Happy Friday darlings! After a long week, it’s finally time to kick back, relax, and catch up on the week’s bookish news.

1. After many Stephen King fans trying to purchase Joyland accidentally bought Emily Schultz’s novel of the same name, she received a surprisingly big royalty check. Instead of feeling bad about the mix-up, she started a Tumblr blog to chronicle how she is Spending the Stephen King Money. For each purchase, she posts a photo, the cost, a note about it, and whether Stephen King would like it. It’s really delightful.

2. In the latest publisher consolidation move, Hachette Group purchased Perseus Books. While Hachette will acquire Perseus’ titles, it is selling Perseus’ book and ebook distribution business to Ingram. Hopefully the merger will give Hachette more leverage in their negotiations with Amazon.

3. Best-selling author James Patterson announced he will donate £250K to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. The grants, ranging from £250 to £5,000, will benefit bookstores proposing schemes to encourage reading in children. It’s a nice gesture of solidarity, but I wonder how much a one-time cash infusion (and such a small one, at that) will really help bookstores in the long run.

4. A.A. Knopf announced Judy Blume’s first adult novel in more than 15 years will be released in summer 2015. Need I say more?

5. The next trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released. In this creepy, propaganda-style trailer, President Snow gives an address on Capitol TV. Although he speaks about peace and unity, there’s a dark warning at his message’s core.

Happy reading, and enjoy the weekend!

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