Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:58:00 AM CST
Read an excerpt from "What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life" by Dawn Wells.From "What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life" by Dawn Wells, Copyright © 2014 Dawn Wells. Excerpted with permission from Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
Monday, September 15, 2014 4:57:00 AM CST
Read an excerpt from "Not Fade Away" by Rebecca Alexander.From "Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander, © Rebecca Alexander, 2014. Excerpted with permission from Gotham, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company.Read an extended Q&A with Rebecca Alexander and brother Peter Alexander.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:35:00 PM CST
Before a twist of fate transformed him into Spider-Man, Peter Parker was a bookish teenager whose classmates mocked him as "puny Parker." Captain America was too scrawny to pass an Army physical until he took a special serum. Even the ultra-powerful Hulk was once an abused child.In October those characters will take a break from fighting super-villains to battle a more insidious evil: bullying.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:55:00 AM CST
People from all over the world are fascinated with breaking world records and reading about them. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Guinness World Records, spokesman Stuart Claxton joined TODAY to talk about this year’s record holders, including Jiff the dog who holds the world record for fastest running on two back legs and on two front legs.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:52:53 AM CST
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 9:51:00 PM CST
Mary Petrie always dreamed of one day publishing her novel. But the demands of raising a family made the Minnesota writer and mom put that ambition on hold. Now, her college-bound son has surprised her with the first chapter of a new literary career.In 2002, when she was pregnant with her third child, Petrie wrote “At the End of Magic,” a book about family grief and loss.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 9:46:00 PM CST
Mary Petrie put her writing dreams on hold to raise her family — then her son surprised her by self-publishing her novel as a gift to her. The first chapter of "At the End of Magic" introduces Delphi, a college student who's alarmed when she begins to see uncanny visions.Read the full story of how "At the End of Magic" got published here.The little girl has curly, red-blonde hair.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 8:04:20 AM CST
Actor-turned-author Jason Segel initially dropped by TODAY Tuesday to talk about his new children's book, "Nightmares." But during his chat with anchor Matt Lauer, the "How I Met Your Mother" and "Sex Tape" star turned out to be a thoughtful fellow with life philosophies that are worth considering. 1. Don't be afraid to be bad at something.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:20:00 AM CST
He's a singer, guitarist, songwriter and founding member of one of the bands that's come to define rock 'n' roll, but Keith Richards isn't ready to rest on his laurels. At 70, the iconic Rolling Stones rocker has added an unexpected entry to his impressive resume: children's book author.Richards spoke to TODAY's Matt Lauer about his newest gig, grandpas and good music.
Monday, September 8, 2014 4:44:00 AM CST
Read an excerpt from "Normally This Would be Cause for Concern" by Danielle Fishel.From "Normally This Would be Cause for Concern" by Danielle Fishel (c) 2014. Excerpted with permission from Simon and Schuster.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 9:45:00 AM CST
Elvis Presley was excited about life when he died, eagerly making plans for new albums, new films and an expanded family with Ginger Alden, his young bride-to-be of seven months. Alden shares those memories and more in the revealing new book “Elvis & Ginger,” which charts her relationship with the King in his final year of life. (Read an exclusive excerpt here.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:49:00 AM CST
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:15:00 PM CST
Sure, greyhounds are fast. Whippets are speedy, too. But by one measure, a cuddly Pomeranian named Jiff has got them all beat.Guinness World Records announced late Wednesday that Jiff, a natural performer who hails from Los Angeles, has set world records for the fastest running on two back legs and on two front legs. Jiff can run 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:51:57 AM CST
Friday, August 22, 2014 7:16:09 AM CST
No, George R.R. Martin did not reveal the release date for his next book, "The Winds of Winter," but the "Game of Thrones" mastermind did offer another hint about what to expect from the next installments of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga: Murder — and lots of it. George R.R.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:30:00 AM CST
Read an excerpt from "I'll Be Back Right After This" by Pat O'BrienFrom "I'll Be Back Right After This" by Pat O'Brien. Copyright (c) 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.
Monday, August 18, 2014 3:53:00 AM CST
J.K. Rowling is serving up another dose of Harry Potter for her die-hard fans, this time in the form of a biography of one of her favorite, albeit lesser-known characters in the Harry Potter universe. The story comes from Pottermore.com, the online home for the world of Harry Potter, which shared her latest story exclusively with TODAY.com.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:16:00 AM CST
Editor's note: This story, originally published on Aug. 7, has been updated to reflect a statement from Cassidy Stay and her family regarding the outpouring of donations and media attention they have received in the wake of J.K. Rowling's letter.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 6:12:00 AM CST
The U.K. arm of Penguin Classics has a new cover for Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” featuring an image that seemingly has little to do with the beloved children’s classic.The publisher released the cover Wednesday after teasing it hours earlier on its Facebook page, asking viewers to “guess which tasty tale” it belonged it.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:16:00 AM CST
Read an excerpt from "The Imperfect Marriage" by Darryl and Tracy StrawberryCopyright © 2014 by Howard Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved. Excerpted with permission from the publisher.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:18:00 AM CST
His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:50:00 PM CST
Wonder Woman is finally here! During Saturday's Warner Bros. panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder revealed the first look at actress Gal Gadot as DC's superheroine in the upcoming film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:17:00 PM CST
It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's ... a very expensive eBay listing. The debut issue of "Action Comics," which just also happens to be the first appearances of Superman and Lois Lane, is headed to auction.The issue originally came out in April 1938 and had a cover price of 10 cents but, as The New York Times reports, a copy sold for $2,161,000 in 2011.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:52:00 AM CST
In July 1939, a weird figure in a mask and scalloped wings appeared on newsstands across America. Seventy-five years and myriad comic books, toys, cartoons and live-action portrayals later, Batman remains one of pop culture's biggest stars.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:52:00 AM CST
When Captain America fans last left the iconic comics character, things weren't looking so good. Steve Rogers (Cap's civilian identity) had been sapped of the serum that has kept him youthful since World War II, and was no longer able to keep the years at bay.So what's a suddenly senior and not so super hero supposed to do? Pass the mantle (or in this case, the shield) on to a worthy successor.