Today we’re chatting with author Lauren Oliver about her new book Panic, which is now available.
Here’s the synopsis for Panic:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.(
Now check out our exclusive interview with Lauren Oliver about all things Panic:
We were so excited to bring you the news that Stephen King would have not one, but two books out this year! And yet… we get our cake and cupcake too! Because King has already released the cover to the public even though Revival will not make an appearance until November 11th. (x)
From master storyteller Stephen King comes a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
Dread Central wants readers to offer up an Amen, but seriously, Hallelujah seems much more fitting! I am so excited. Jumping… Jumping… Jumping for Joy!
Anne Rice announces new novel, Prince Lestat and that a second novel has already been optioned. So these novels will be the follow-up to Queen of the Damned. A sequel of sorts and all about Lestat but with everyone showing up.
Rice has been dying to talk about the book in detail and Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn of the Dinner Party Show have read it and could not talk about it either. They’re just as excited to be talking about it too.
Christopher, Rice’s son seems especially pleased saying he has lost friendships over not being able to talk about Rice’s plans and goading his mother that she’ll have to repeat the details of the announcement when she immediately goes into her speel about the book, not waiting at all for the signal of go. It’s cute to see their interaction.
PRINCE LESTAT: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES goes on sale October 28, 2014 from Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and Chatto & Windus in the U.K. Pre-orders begin March 16.
Such amazing news right on the heels of the extremely popular Blog Tour where we got an exclusive interview HERE! Grasshopper Jungle is definitely a wild, worth-while read that everyone, all ages can appreciate and obviously perfect for the big screen.
Sony Pictures just closed a deal forGrasshopper Jungle, the just-published Dutton YA novel by Andrew Smith. Scott Rosenberg brought in the project and is negotiating to adapt it for producer Matt Tolmach. It’s perhaps best described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, a coming-of-age yarn revolving around a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own sexual feelings as he and his cohorts cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.
Michael De Luca and Elizabeth Cantillon steered the deal for Sony. De Luca just started at the studio but he also brought in the $1 million spec Winter’s Knight last weekend. Rosenberg is best known for scripting such films as Beautiful Girls, Con Air and High Fidelity and who most recently rewrote Heist for Steve Zaillian and Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks for Scott Waugh to direct. Paradigm’s Dana Spector brokered the book deal for Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. WME reps Rosenberg.
Originality is a rarity and no one can accuse Andrew Smith of being repetitive. His entire bibliography a study in how to write in multiple genres while entrenching yourself firmly in the YA genre. A slew of different plots, with differing characters but almost always teenagers who struggle with who they are, what they want out of life and face moral dilemmas that require a solid, absolute answer even when the world around them is going to the bugs.
The most fantastic feature of Smith’s writing for me is his superb use of narrative. He individualizes his characters so much so that while every single one comes off just as unique as the one before; they all sound like the teenagers they are portrayed to be. True blue – oftentimes whiney and confused – even a bit bratty and self-centered – his characters ultimately come to life in ways that non-teenagers can relate. The connection felt so deep that even the most repressed teen memories in adults surface, allowing even us old folk to appreciate the maturing of Smith’s characters.
So The Lightning Thief musical production will be a thing; it is really happening! And your first chance at seeing this Percy Jackson based musical in concert will benefit Theatreworks USA’s Free Summer Programming, an initiative that gives away 15,000 FREE theater tickets to children and families in the New York City Area. What a great cause!
All your favorites from the book will be in the show, so readers be prepared to fall in love with these characters all over again on the stage, especially with an all-star ensemble of Broadway, television and film notables, including Bryan Batt (“Mad Men,” 12 Years a Slave), Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Caroline or Change), Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Pippin, The Addams Family), Kate Flannery (“The Office”), two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d’Amboise (Pippin, A Chorus Line), Tony nominee Richard Kind (The Big Knife), Tony nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical), three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables, Chess, She Loves Me) and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll and Hyde, Rock of Ages).
The concert will also include performances by Parker Drown, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Meyers, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Kristin Stokes and Jordan Stanley (performers are subject to change). Directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar) and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton (Machinal; Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812), THE LIGHTNING THIEF features a book by Joe Tracz with music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki.
If that were not reason enough to check this night out and get tickets, watch a preview of one of the songs that should be performed at the benefit:
And for one night only, Monday, April 21st at 7PM EST at the Lucille Lortel Theater, you can experience Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief in a brand new way. What a great way to teach children about the importance of all entertainment venues?