Hyperion recently announced plans to publish three original eBook novellas by renown mystery writer Richard Castle, marking a return to his internationally bestselling and award-winning Derrick Storm series. The first eBook, titled A Brewing Storm, will be published in May 2012 and will bring the former CIA operative out of retirement. The as-yet-untitled second and third Derrick Storm eBooks are scheduled for release in July and August respectively.
On Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to meet author Ridley Pearson and purchase a signed copy of his latest book, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game’ days before its official release in stores on April 3, 2012.
Pearson will be at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney District Marketplace on March 29, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and at the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 30 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Note that park admission will be required for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios event, but not for Once Upon a Toy.
Via his Twitter account, ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series author Ridley Pearson announced that the cover for his anticipated fifth entry in the series, Shell Game, along with chapter one will be officially released tomorrow on the official Facebook page. The cover will debut at 10 am ET while the first chapter will be released at 5 pm ET. The book, currently available for pre-order, will be released on April 3. The cover, presumably seen here, was actually posted on Ridley Pearson’s website for a few weeks prior being pulled in favor of a big reveal (special thanks to @urakan for providing the image).
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today that two more storybook app titles based on the original Marvel Origins series will join ‘The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story‘ app, which launched last month. The new titles, both narrated by comic book legend Stan Lee, include ‘Avengers Origins: Hulk’ and ‘Avengers Origins: Assemble!’ which will be available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch in February 2012.
Marvel Comics today announced that it has joined forces with Disney Publishing to produce a new limited series of comics based on Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. This will be the first new issue of a title previously produced by BOOM! Comics who no longer have the Disney license.
‘Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney/Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,’ said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. ‘Toy Story allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!’
Disney Publishing Worldwide has launched ‘Disney Reads,’ a new social media hub that will be your go-to place for the latest news in the world of books, magazine, comics, digital app and much, much more.
Through its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels, fans will get first access to news, contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways and fan-generated content. ‘Disney Reads’ will also showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies and other fun Disney fan content.
Fans of the Facebook page can also enter to win two ‘Disney Reads’ Gift Pack assortments — one to keep and one to give (approximate retail value of $700).
Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, today announces the launch of FamilyFun Kids, a new, bi-monthly magazine that encourages kids’ creativity with hands-on crafts, skill-building recipes, imaginative games, brainteasers, and puzzles. The magazine, geared to 6- to 12-year-olds, is created by the staff of Disney FamilyFun magazine, which millions of moms turn to each month for creative family ideas. Like its parent magazine, FamilyFun Kids is packed with fun things to read, but is also specifically designed to be a tactile, interactive experience for children with pages they can cut, fold, tear out, and decorate.
In early 2011, the Disney Channel debuted Disney Junior—a brand that invites parents and caregivers to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical, and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating learning and development themes for young children.
Now, families can take these familiar characters and stories off-screen! Disney Junior, a new magazine for preschoolers, is full of magical stories and playful activities featuring favorite Disney Junior characters. Children aged 3 – 5 can join their favorite pals as they play games, solve puzzles, and learn about helping, celebrating, and sharing.
Disney Junior magazine includes:
There’s very little doubt that Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers are on the nice list this year, so it makes perfect sense that the popular duo of Wayne and Lanny from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Prep & Landing’ animated special perform their most daunting task to date: Avengers Mansion.
Marvel will be publishing the first issue of the new crossover series on November 16, according to the official Facebook page of Walt Disney Animation Studios, who also provided a sneak peek.
On Friday, October 14, 2011, noted author Timothy Zahn will be on hand to sign his latest Star Wars novel, Choices of One as well as the 20th anniversary edition of the best-seller, Heir to the Empire.
Zahn will be at The Writer’s Stop located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 1 – 3 pm. As always, theme park admission is not included and items must be purchased at the event (no personal items).