Just after a new Dr. Seuss book was discovered, historian Walter Elliot claimed he owns a copy of a never-released Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar” is a 1,300-word short story that Doyle purportedly wrote more than 80 years ago. The booklet holding the story will be on display at the Cross Keys Selkirk Pop-up Community Museum in Selkirk, Scotland, starting Saturday. But while Sherlock fans might rush to see the piece, experts are skeptical that the recently discovered story was actually written by Doyle. (GalleyCat, L.A. Times)
Power to the readers! Amazon announced the first books that will be available through Kindle Scout, the company’s reader-powered publishing platform. Ten previously unpublished titles were nominated by Amazon users to be produced by digital publisher Kindle Press and include sci-fi, romance, and thriller novels. The books are now available for pre-order and will be available March 3. To date, 21 titles have been selected for publication by Kindle Press. (GalleyCat)
The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it will honor the late Maya Angelou with a Forever stamp. Further details, including the stamp’s artwork and date of release, have yet to be released. The beloved writer and poet passed away in 2014 at 86. (L.A. Times)
Fifty years after the original publication of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the book will be released as an e-book, according to the Associated Press. The e-book will be self-published by Malcolm X’s estate. His estate hopes for the release to occur before May 19th, which would have been his 90th birthday. (L.A. Times)
During a six-day run of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon in Birmingham last week, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stood outside each performance and handed out copies of the real Book of Mormon to playgoers. At least four missionaries were present following each of the eight shows at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, which resulted in the distribution of more than 2,400 copies of the scripture. “People were taking them like they were souvenirs,” Margie Westenhofer, Bessemer Stake Director of Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told an AL.com reporter. “People would say, ‘I want one. I want one.” (AL.com)
Nick Offerman and John Hodgman will be part of a panel at the second annual BookCon in New York City on May 30. The two-day literature event will include Taye Diggs, Meg Cabot, Jodi Picoult, Leigh Bardugo, and more familiar names as panel members as well. Offerman and Hodgman will give a special performance themed around Offerman’s second book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, which will hit shelves May 26.