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This Week in Books: News, Facts, and Fun #1

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our new Tuesday feature! EyesOnBooks will find the most interesting news relating to books, publishing, reading, and writing and curate a weekly post to keep you up to speed with everything going on in the industry. If you’d like to suggest news for this section, please feel free to tweet us (@eyes_on_books) and use the hashtag #booknews.

Without further delays, let’s begin!

Read Books to Live Longer!

A new study shows that reading books can prolong your life. This conclusion and the accompanying study have been published in the September issue of the Social Science & Medicine journal. Don’t get too excited, reading books only gets you about two years, but it’s still longer than non-readers!

George R.R. Martin Gets new TV Deal

And this time, science fiction fans can rejoice. The Wild Cards series, an epic science fiction story series that Martin edits and writes along with other authors, will be developed into a TV series. If you liked Psych or Mr. Robot (I totally loved this one), then you’ll be happy to know that Universal Cable Productions has acquired the TV rights for Wild Cards.

Books Drive Boost in News Corp Profit

After reporting a loss in the hundreds of millions range in 2015, media giant News Corporation reported a quarterly profit increase to USD 89 million. The profit spike was driven by its real estate branch and its book publishing business Harper Collins, whose sales were driven up by titles The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and The Rainbow Comes and Goes by US journalist Anderson Cooper.

Swedish Bonnier Group Plans 100 Million US Branch

The Bonnier Group of Sweden plans to open an US division for its English-language book publishing branch, Bonnier Publishing. Weldon Owen US and the children’s book publisher, Little Bee Books, for the new Bonnier Publishing USA. The two publishers currently have sales of USD 40 million combined and Bonnier plans to drive that up to USD 100 million.

Marcus Books, Back in Business in San Francisco

We hear a lot about book stores closing down, so I thought this piece of news would be great for all of us. A book store is set to reopen in San Francisco. And not a random one, but Marcus Books, the oldest African American-themed bookstore in the country. After an eviction in 2014, they will be back in the Fillmore district.

“Books for Breakfast,” or how to get children to read

23 Columbus Metropolitan Libraries have partnered with Columbus City Schools and started the “Books for Breakfast” program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. All the twenty-tree locations will take book donations, all the reading material to then be offered to kids, so they can read while having breakfast at their schools.

Lists: Book to Read

We have a few lists of books you should be reading from several media outlets. The first one is from (five titles) and has been published to celebrate Book Lover’s Day. The Guardian has published a Top 10 favorite books of Scottish readers.  Lastly, WBALTV11 published a list of best summer reads for children and young adult readers.

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