Disney Book Group Announces New Series by Best-Selling Author Rick Riordan: The Kane Chronicles

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Rick Riordan, creator of the 7 million copy-selling blockbuster Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, introduces readers to The Kane Chronicles, a new fantasy bringing ancient Egyptian mythology to life in a vivid modern-day setting.

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Take a Peek Inside the Disney Twenty-Three Magazine, Winter Edition!

Disney Twenty-Three Magazine, Winter EditionThe holidays are a very special time of year and the winter edition of Disney twenty-three provides an inside look at two upcoming holiday releases from the Walt Disney Studios; The Princess and the Frog and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. “The Princess and the Frog” is Disney’s stunning return to 2D animation starring Princess Tiana who graces the cover of the issue.    Filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke and actor Bob Hoskins, aka Mr. Fezziwig himself, take Disney twenty-three inside the high-tech world of Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

Additional features include:

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Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Appearance and Signing at Walt Disney World November 13-14

Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley PearsonAuthors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be offering a signing of their new book Peter and the Sword of Mercy at Walt Disney World on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.

On November 13, they’ll be at Once Upon a Toy located at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm; on November 14,  they’ll be in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Gallery on Main Street, USA from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. There will also be an early appearance on Saturday by Ridley Pearson only from 9 am – 10 am at the Main Street Gallery.

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Adventures By Disney and Harper Collins Launch New ‘Flat Stanley’ Site, Announce Contest

Adventures by Disney's 'Flat Stanley' ContestWASHINGTON, Oct. 19 — One of the most adventurous characters in children’s literature, Flat Stanley, traveled to the prestigious Library of Congress today where he, along with the first three books in Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series, were inducted into the Library to help Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Children’s Books celebrate an exciting new project called “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.”

Due to his peculiar ability to be mailed to different locations, Stanley is the most well-traveled character in children’s literature, traveling around the world thousands of times annually in an educational project that has become a classic of the American classroom. Now budding writers and artists are invited to create their own Flat Stanley story in “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure.” In this nationwide contest, children ages 7 to 12 can win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially themed Flat Stanley and a 150-word story about his “Next BIG Adventure.”

Entries will be judged in three age groups – one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for 9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of Adventures by Disney’s 19 worldwide vacations for their prize.

Parents, kids and educators can check out www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney for Official Rules and complete information on the Contest; fun, interactive games; and fascinating informational resources. The Contest runs through November 30, 2009 and no purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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Disney Publishing Launches Interactive Online Library of Over 500 Disney Books; Free Trial Available

Disney Digital BooksWHITE PLAINS, N.Y., SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 — Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) unveiled today a groundbreaking online initiative with the launch of Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com), a new, cutting-edge way for children to experience the joy of reading in a robust and safe interactive environment.

“Disney Digital Books is an industry-defining service that Disney Publishing is uniquely qualified to deliver,” said Russell Hampton, President, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “As one of the world’s largest publishers of children’s books, we have an extensive library of titles featuring Disney’s beloved characters, with something for every level of reader.”

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Tour and Signed Pre-Orders for Eoin Colfer’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book Announced

In support for the release of the sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, author Eoin Colfer (most widely known for his Artemis Fowl series) will be embarking on a tour of appearances and book signings.

For the full list of appearances as well as information on how to pre-order your own personalized (and non-personalized) copy of And Another Thing…, see here.

Synopsis:
An Englishman’s continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea…

Arthur Dent’s accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.

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D23 Offers Initial List of Stage 23 Seminars – From Books to Animation to Weddings

The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:

Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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D23 Expo Mini-Update: Auction Updates Highlight Disneyland Experiences, Picture Hatbox Ghost; D23 Goes Viral (Again) and More

It’s hard to follow up the details on the Walt Disney Studios D23 pavilion and screening schedule with anything, so not much else new to report within the 24 hours, so it’s time to turn the clock and put the spotlight on a few things you may have missed.

– But first, some real news: The D23 Live Expo Auction Catalog has been updated. This revision details the Disneyland experiences, a few of which are definitely once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some photos have also been added including several of the Hatbox Ghost. You can get the updated PDF directly here. Remember that in addition to D23 Expo admission, you must purchase a separate auctioneer’s package in order to bid on items.

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Must Have: The Mickey Mouse Treasures Now Available at Barnes & Noble for $15

Mickey Mouse TreasuresThe Mickey Mouse Treasures by Robert Tieman, manager of the Walt Disney Archives, is the third in a series of collectibles. This third volume focuses on Mickey Mouse himself, from his (and Walt’s) humble beginnings (and even a bit before that) to his worldwide popularity today. From films to merchandising, this book literally has it all — and that’s an understatement.

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First Look: Character Profiles for Stan Lee’s Time Jumper!

Disney has graciously provided us with the following artwork for the upcoming joint project with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Time Jumper (see link for more information).

As always, you can click on any thumbnail to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow. Enjoy, true believers!

Images © Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

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