I had always thought it was odd, but I never looked into how or why Anne of Green Gables is popular in Japan. Here's a fascinating explanation.
"Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced on Tuesday that it would publish Mr. Richards’s 'Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,' as both a hardcover book with a CD and an ebook on Sept. 9." (via NYT ArtsBeat)
Have an excerpt from William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher.
George R. R. Martin has announced he's finished writing his part for The World of Ice and Fire, which is an official history book type thing for... yeah. The A Song of Ice and Fire series (a.k.a. Westeros).
All the amazing graphic novels First Second are releasing in the fall of this year. I pretty much want them all.