Nation & World News

Book News: George R.R. Martin Will Republish Children’s Book From 1980

By Annalisa Quinn on August 5th, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • A 1980 children’s story by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones author and wanton murderer of his own characters, will be re-released this October. Set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series, The Ice Dragon is a story about “a creature of legend and fear,” according to Tor, the book’s publisher. “When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land.” The new edition will be illustrated by the artist Luis Royo.
  • Cesar Aira has a fairy tale in The New Yorker: “It all began when the genie came out of the Magic Milk bottle and asked me what I would prefer: to have a Picasso or to be Picasso.”
  • The queen of England’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, is reportedly writing a book about the royal family. Most untoward.
  • Sheila Heti interviews Joan Didion for The Believer: “[Writing] forces you to think. It forces you to work the thing through. Nothing comes to us out of the blue, very easily, you know. So if you want to understand what you’re thinking, you kind of have to work it through and write it. And the only way to work it through, for me, is to write it.”
  • The historian and journalist Rick Perlstein has been accused of plagiarizing parts of his new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. The New York Times reports: “The most serious accusations come from a fellow Reagan historian, Craig Shirley, who said that Mr. Perlstein plagiarized several passages from Mr. Shirley’s 2004 book, Reagan’s Revolution, and used Mr. Shirley’s research numerous times without proper attribution. In two letters to Mr. Perlstein’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, Mr. Shirley’s lawyer, Chris Ashby, cited 19 instances of duplicated language and inadequate attribution, and demanded $25 million in damages, a public apology, revised digital editions and the destruction of all physical copies of the book. Mr. Shirley said he has since tallied close to 50 instances where his work was used without credit.” Perlstein denies lifting from Shirley.
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.


More Stories in News from NPR

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in September.

Planned Parenthood Will No Longer Accept Reimbursement For Fetal Tissue

President Cecile Richards said accusations that the organization illegally profits from tissue provided to researchers have “nothing to do with our fetal tissue donation compliance process.”

Part of the reconstructed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane is seen prior to the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board final report on what caused the Boeing 777 to break up high over eastern Ukraine last year.

MH17 Findings: Dutch Safety Board Says Russian Buk Missile Took Down Plane

The Russian missile manufacturer also released its own report, disputing the Dutch findings and instead pointing the blame for last year’s crash of the Boeing 777 at Ukrainian forces.

SABMiller, owner of Miller Genuine Draft beer, has agreed in principle to merge with Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch InBev. If the deal is finalized, the new company would be the largest beer company in the world.

King Of Beers: SABMiller Agrees In Principle To Merger With Budweiser Brewer

If the deal is formally agreed upon, the company would own around 31 percent of beer sales around the world.

In this Oct. 13, 2011, photo, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises Hugh Hefner poses for a photograph at his home at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills.

‘Playboy’ To Stop Publishing Nude Images

The magazine said it is making the change as a result of competition from the Internet.

After a gunman, motivated by racist ideas, killed nine black church goers in Charleston, S.C., in June, some elected officials in the South have tried to remove the Confederate flag from public places. Some Southerners protest that the flag has a public role as a symbol of their heritage.

Confederate Flag Supporters In Georgia Indicted On Terrorism Charges

The indictment stems from a July incident in which a group of white men in Confederate flag-adorned pickup trucks verbally clashed with black partygoers. Some of the confrontation was caught on video.

Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments