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Watch the Trailer for Jimmy Fallon’s Book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

The book is due out on June 9

Jimmy Fallon coaches little ones everywhere on what he thinks their first word should be: Dada.

In the trailer for his upcoming children’s book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, the Tonight Show host previews the story to an attentive class—and one excited adult.

“Mama” was Fallon’s daughter Winnie’s very first word, though according to Fallon’s biography for the book, he tried really hard to make her say “Dada.” But this book could help other dads, just in time for Father’s Day.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada is due June 9, check out the book trailer above.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Get Your Crayons Ready for a Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Nick Wall courtesy of HBO Michiel Huisman, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel and Iain Glen in 'Game of Thrones'

Westeros is coming soon to a craft table near you

Super-fans of the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation, Game of Thrones, will have a new way to keep themselves occupied between books and seasons this autumn. Bantam Books will publish a Game of Thrones coloring book for adults, tentatively set for this fall, according to the L.A. Times.

Adult coloring books are enjoying a moment of popularity—two are currently among the 15 best-selling books on Amazon. Yet while many in the genre are meant to be a soothing activity for grown-ups, the Westerosi version is likely to include scenes that—if the notoriously bloody books are any indication—feel less calm and more violent.

Bantam tells the L.A. Times that the work will include “45 original black and white illustrations, inspired by characters, scenes, locations and other iconic images” from the Song of Ice and Fire series. In an email to TIME, the publisher said it will feature “art by world renowned fantasy illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower and Levi Pinfold.”

With the news coming one day after a well-liked character’s death on the HBO show, perhaps some fans will find comfort in coloring in their favorite deceased characters on the page.

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Read TIME’s Original Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nov. 28, 1983
Cover Credit: R.B. KITAJ Nov. 28, 1983, cover of TIME

The book was published on June 8, 1949

George Orwell was already an established literary star when his masterwork Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this day in 1949, but that didn’t stop TIME’s reviewer from being pleasantly surprised by the book. After all, even the expectation that a book would be good doesn’t mean one can’t be impressed when it turns out to be, as TIME put it, “absolutely super.”

One of the reasons, the review suggested, was Orwell’s bet that his fictional dystopia would not actually seem so foreign to contemporary readers. They would easily recognize many elements of the fictional world that TIME summed up as such:

In Britain 1984 A.D., no one would have suspected that Winston and Julia were capable of crimethink (dangerous thoughts) or a secret desire for ownlife (individualism). After all, Party-Member Winston Smith was one of the Ministry of Truth’s most trusted forgers; he had always flung himself heart & soul into the falsification of government statistics. And Party-Member Julia was outwardly so goodthinkful (naturally orthodox) that, after a brilliant girlhood in the Spies, she became active in the Junior Anti-Sex League and was snapped up by Pornosec, a subsection of the government Fiction Department that ground out happy-making pornography for the masses. In short, the grim, grey London Times could not have been referring to Winston and Julia when it snorted contemptuously: “Old-thinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc,” i.e., “Those whose ideas were formed before the Revolution cannot have a full emotional understanding of the principles of English Socialism.”

How Winston and Julia rebelled, fell in love and paid the penalty in the terroristic world of tomorrow is the thread on which Britain’s George Orwell has spun his latest and finest work of fiction. In Animal Farm (TIME, Feb. 4, 1946,) Orwell parodied the Communist system in terms of barnyard satire; but in 1984 … there is not a smile or a jest that does not add bitterness to Orwell’s utterly depressing vision of what the world may be in 35 years’ time.

Decades later, as the real-life 1984 approached, TIME dedicated a cover story to Orwell’s earlier vision of what that year could have been like. “That Year Is Almost Here,” the headline proclaimed. But obsessing over how it matched up to its fictional depiction was missing the point, the article posited. “The proper way to remember George Orwell, finally, is not as a man of numbers—1984 will pass, not Nineteen EightyFour—but as a man of letters,” wrote Paul Gray, “who wanted to change the world by changing the word.”

Read the full 1949 review, here in the TIME Vault: Where the Rainbow Ends

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Read an Excerpt From Jonathan Franzen’s Upcoming Novel Purity

U.S. novelist and essayist Franzen looks on after being awarded with the Carlos Fuentes Literary Salon medal at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara
Alejandro Acosta—Reuters U.S. novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen looks on after being awarded with the Carlos Fuentes Literary Salon medal at the International Book Fair (FIL) in Guadalajara November 25, 2012.

Taken from a novel that will span "identity, the Internet, sexual politics and love—among countless other things"

Renowned American writer Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel, eagerly awaited by his many fans, will be out later this year. Entitled Purity, the novel is centered around a young girl named Purity Tyler and spans multiple continents and several different themes including “identity, the Internet, sexual politics and love—among countless other things.”

Although readers will have to wait until the fall to get their hands on the award winning writer (whom TIME called the Great American Novelist), they can sink their teeth into an excerpt from the book called “The Republic of Bad Taste,” published in the New Yorker on Monday.

Read the excerpt in the New Yorker.

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Watch the Trailer for Aziz Ansari’s New Book Modern Romance

Most of it looks like it was shot in the 80's

For reasons that continue to defy understanding, book trailers have become a thing in recent years. But here’s one for Modern Romance that actually makes sense, because Aziz Ansari, who co-authored the book with sociologist Eric Klinenberg, is an actor and comedian who has appeared in real trailers for other entertainment items in the past.

The amusing video shows a series of extremely eligible bachelors—possibly from the 1980s—talking about their desire to find love and companionship. And yes, Monroe, even though this video is roughly as pixelated as candids of the Loch Ness Monster, we did notice that you have incredibly blue eyes.

After a minute of being tortured with clips of men who have assuredly found their perfect mates by now, Ansari pops on screen to explain why his book is different from many other romance self-help tomes (Spoiler: He and Klinenberg used “data” and “science”). A graphic also lists Ansari’s interests as “pizza, having fun and talking” in case you were wondering whether he was a human.

Modern Romance hits shelves on June 16. Read an excerpt in which Ansari explains why everything you thought you knew about love is wrong here.

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Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in The Girl on the Train

The book has become a smash hit on best seller lists

Emily Blunt is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of the best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train, DreamWorks has confirmed.

The book, a debut novel from Paula Hawkins, tells the story of Rachel, who constructs a make-believe perfect life for a couple she sees every day from her window on the train—until one day when she involves herself in their real-life drama.

The Girl on the Train has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. since its debut in January, making it the fastest-selling adult novel of all time. It has stayed on the New York Times best seller list for 20 weeks.

Blunt will appear in The Huntsman alongside Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron next year; she was nominated for a 2015 best actress (musical or comedy) Golden Globe for her performance as the baker’s wife in Into the Woods.

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Draco Malfoy Is Turning 35 But J.K. Rowling Isn’t Invited to the Party

The Harry Potter author explains why she won't be at his bash

J.K. Rowling has driven some people crazy with her continuous tweets about Harry Potter. But for super fans the relentless Wizarding World updates are more than welcome, including Rowling’s tweet on Friday that acknowledged the birthday of none other than Draco Malfoy, who would be turning 35.

She’s not invited to the party, and it’s no surprise. In December, during Rowling’s 12 Days of Christmas series on fansite Pottermore, she revealed new information about the character. Though she did explain there is “some unextinguished good at the heart of Draco,” she found herself “unnerved” by the “number of girls who fell for” him.

“Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering,” the author wrote.

It’s curious to imagine his 35th birthday party now, which will perhaps include extra shots of fire whiskey and a game of pin the tail on the Hippogriff?

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Next Big Read Is This Islamic History Book

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It's a seminal work

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has committed to reading an important book every two weeks as part of his 2015 New Year’s resolutions, and up next is “The Muqaddimah,” a 14th century tome written by Islamic historian Ibn Khaldun.

The book, whose title translates to “The Introduction,” traces the progress of humanity while attempting to remove the biases captured in historical records and reveal the universal elements that connect us. It is often considered the most important Islamic history of the premodern world.

Kaldun, a lauded Arab scholar, is credited as one of the foundational thinkers of modern sociology, ethnography, and the philosophy of history.

One reviewer of the original English translation called it, “Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place … the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere.”

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Zuckerberg is known for his high-flying annual resolutions, which have ranged from killing his own meat to learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. This year’s challenge created a modern-day book club where Zuckerberg has encouraged other’s to join along and discuss each book on Facebook.

Here are the books he’s chosen so far:

  • “The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’’t What It Used to Be,” by Moisés Naím
  • “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” by Steven Pinker
  • “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” by Sudhir Venkatesh
  • “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” by Eula Biss
  • “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  • “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” by Thomas S. Kuhn
  • “Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge,” by Michael Chwe
  • “Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower,” by Henry M. Paulson
  • “Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest,” by Peter Huber
  • “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander
  • “The Muqaddimah,” by Ibn Khaldun
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How to Be Both Wins the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction


Ali Smith has been praised for the novel's inventive format

Ali Smith’s How to Be Both has won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, one of the U.K.’s most prominent literary awards and one that honors only female writers.

The novel, which has already won several other prizes and was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker, tells the stories of two characters: a contemporary British teen and an Italian Renaissance artist. The book lauded for its innovative format—it was published in two versions, half of the copies beginning with the contemporary story and half with the Renaissance story.

How to Be Both was joined on the shortlist for the award by Rachel Cusk’s Outline, Laline Paull’s The Bees, Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread and Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests. While established authors like Smith are often honored with the prize, it has also gone to debut novelists, as with last year’s win for Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.

The Baileys Prize (which has changed names several times and was previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction) was born out of frustration that the Man Booker prize did not include enough women authors on its shortlists. It was first awarded to Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter in 1996. Critics of the Baileys Prize often say it sends a signal that female writers are separate (and therefore perhaps less-than) male writers. Its supporters argue that it gives much-needed promotion to a group that is historically undervalued—and exposes readers to wonderful books they may otherwise have missed.

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