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Olympic deal for “Say It Right in Chinese.” The U.S. Olympic delegation has scooped up more than 500 copies of a Chinese language book. “Say It Right in Chinese” will be handed out to members of the U.S. Olympic team to help athletes and their support members communicate better with their hosts in Beijing. “Say It Right in Chinese” is published by McGraw-Hill and presents several hundred essential Chinese words and phrases. Author Betty Chapman founded Easily Pronounced Language Systems, an innovative teaching method and popular series of language... Read More →

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Cool writing events in hot August

Dr. Gay Toltl Kinman Growing market for young adult and children’s books. On Saturday, August 23, at 2 p.m. Dr. Gay Toltl Kinman will be offering advice on how to make your children’s novel  or YA fiction sparkle.  Kinman writes cozy mysteries, short stories, short plays, YA as well as children’s and adult novels.  Authors with manuscripts should bring the first pages of their work with them. The Buena Vista Branch Library will be the place for this workshop.  Call 818-238-5620 for more information. Get your screenplay in shape.... Read More →

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“Breaking Dawn” breaks out big time

The hugely popular Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series ended with the release Saturday of the fourth and final book, “Breaking Dawn.” The YA teen vampire romance novel went on sale at 12:01 a.m. August 2. By the end of the day, 1.3 million copies had been sold. This is a record day sale for the publisher, the Hachette Book Group, however, the record for the best one-day sale is still firmly in the grip of a young wizard. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold an incredible 8.3 million copies... Read More →

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Stephen King to judge book trailer contest

Calling all amateur and professional filmmakers! Dorchester Publishing and book trailer producer Circle of Seven Productions are looking for some top-notch book trailers based on novels in the Shomi series. The book series is Dorchester’s line of speculative romances. According to Dorchester executive Brooke Borneman, the Shomi books have received comparisons to films like “Blade Runner” and “The Matrix.” Best-selling novelist Stephen King has agreed to select the best trailer, which will be shown at a movie premiere in New York as well as in the market... Read More →

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Murder Abroad

Mystery author Bruce Cook with a fan at a book signing. Love mysteries and exotic locales, then check out this event tomorrow, July 19, at the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank from 2-4 p.m. A panel of mystery authors will discuss their books, as well as the fun and problems of setting their plots and crime scenes in far away places. On the panel will be Eric Stone (Grave Imports), Aileen Baron (The Gold of Thrace), Patricia Wynn (The Motive from the Deed), Gay Toltl Kinman (Death... Read More →

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Coffee & Conversation

Photo courtesy Sheila Lowe Handwriting expert and book author Sheila Lowe will be joining a panel discussion title “A Slight Case of Murder,” on Saturday, August 2 in Burbank. This event is presented by Sisters in Crime/LA, a local mystery writers’ group. Lowe has parlayed 30 plus years of experience in the handwriting field into a very successful business with clients in the judicial system as well as private industry. Also, her background came in very handy when Lowe created a mystery novel series with a sleuth named... Read More →

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Screenwriter starts successful Los Angeles based publishing company

Debbie Bishop launched Angel Gate in 2003 and it’s a hit. So far, the publishing company has released novels, graphic novels, YA fiction, children’s books, and cookbooks. Among her publishing successes; a children’s picture book series called “This One ‘n’ That One” written by actress Jane Seymour. Bishop is a screenwriter, producer, novelist, and graphic designer. She is developing films based on Angel Gate books through another of her companies, Left Field Films. Bishop says her goal is to “… to publish fun entertainment for the whole family.” See full... Read More →

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A novelist’s heart

Crime novelist and former Los Angeles Times reporter Denise Hamilton greets folks standing in line to get copies of her books autographed at a writers’ event in Brea, last month.   Writer Denise Hamilton no longer has to limit herself to “who, what, when, where, how, and good-bye.” That’s how Hamilton bottom-lined the format for writing newspaper stories to the audience in her June 14 workshop at the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America. During her ten years of pounding the pavement as a reporter for... Read More →

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“Marley & Me” author writes memoir

Author of the bestselling “Marley & Me” John Grogan’s new memoir, “The Longest Trip Home”, has been announced for publication on October 21 by William Morrow. “From his troublemaking childhood to his courtship of a fiery blond named Jenny, Grogan writes about how he came to terms with who he is and what he believes.” It’s called the “story of a son in the making, and of growing up in a loving, but comically old-school Catholic family.” The film version of “Marley & Me” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson... Read More →

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Big Hollywood Screenplay Money

Big Hollywood Screenplay Money Rogue Pictures reportedly shells out seven figures for writer Ehren Kruger’s script, “The Keep.” The screenplay is an adaptation of the Jennifer Egan novel of the same name. The thriller is about a mysterious prisoner who seduces a local woman with his tale of a supernatural secret that can transform her life. Kruger is in demand. He wrote “The Ring,” “The Ring Two,” and the recent sequel to the mega-hit “Transformers” among other movie scripts. See

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