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Corona Labs Announces Corona Plugin Partners, Empowering Developers with More Options for Their Cross-Platform Apps


Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Corona Labs, maker of the revolutionary Corona SDK for mobile app development, today announces the first set of Corona Plugin partners. Initially announced in beta last week, Corona Plugins provide developers with additional functionality and access to third party services. The first wave of partners include SponsorPay, Tap for Tap, Inneractive, Green Throttle and Carrot. In addition, recently released Corona Plugins, built in-house by Corona Labs, provide developers with support for AdMob, ZIP files, OpenSSL and OpenUDID.

Corona SDK revolutionizes mobile app development by enabling developers to build 10x faster with a user-friendly platform. With the introduction of Corona Plugins, developers will now enjoy even more monetization and functionality options when building apps. Best of all, developers can integrate plugins into their apps by simply adding a few lines of code to the project, without the need to find, download, or integrate additional software.

We look forward to partnering with Corona Labs and bringing our monetization solutions to Corona SDK developers, says Janis Zech, CRO and Co-Founder of SponsorPay. With the SponsorPay Corona Plugin, developers can start generating high-eCPM revenue within minutes.

Tap for Taps combination of cross-promotion, user acquisition and monetization functionality will provide Corona SDK developers with a whole new set of possibilities, says Eric Dyck, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of Tap for Tap. Through our service, Corona developers will have added flexibility in how they prioritize user acquisition and monetization.

Corona Plugins and the functionality they provide have been highly anticipated by Corona SDK developers, says David Rangel, COO of Corona Labs. Our partnerships with first-tier companies give our community access to a range of high-quality, third party services and bring additional value to our ecosystem.

The first round of Corona Plugin partners include:

*SponsorPay: The leading value-exchange advertising platform. SponsorPay provides high-quality brand engagement for advertisers, drives user acquisition, and helps monetize content for mobile and social app publishers.

*Tap for Tap: A popular network for iOS and Android apps that includes a free tap exchange, paid promotion, and an app monetization network. Tap for Tap provides a simple way of generating ad revenue by offering developers a cost-effective solution to promote their apps.

*Inneractive: The mobile industrys leading Supply Side Platform (SSP), enabling premium publishers to benefit from global and high quality monetization verticals across all mobile platforms.

*Green Throttle: Unlocking the potential of mobile on the big screen, Green Throttle enables Android developers to realize their full potential by building console-like, multiplayer mobile games with the gamepad controls.

*Carrot: Makes it fun and easy to generate Facebook Open Graph stories to increase user acquisition and retention; allowing you to measure the impact of your viral campaigns and optimize their effectiveness.

Corona Labs will announce more partners in coming weeks. Companies interested in providing a plugin for Corona developers, can contact Corona Labs at partnerships@coronalabs.com.

For more information on Corona Plugin partners, please visit coronalabs.com/resources/plugins/.

About SponsorPay

SponsorPay is the worlds leading value-exchange advertising platform. Our innovative solution drives the monetization of premium content on platforms such as Facebook, iOS and Android through brand engagement, user acquisition and direct response ad campaigns.

Our flagship Mediation Platform gives publishers access to campaigns from top ad networks, DSPs and agencies worldwide, as well as our direct sales teams in the US, Europe and Asia. It provides a single point of integration and features real-time yield optimization, scalable ad serving and filtering capabilities as well as in-depth reporting dashboards.

We work with thousands of partners including leading publishers Zynga, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and OutFit7 as well as renowned advertisers such as Coca-Cola, Samsung, Warner Brothers and Volkswagen.

About Tap for Tap

Tap for Tap is a cross-promotion and monetization ad network for mobile apps that helps developers get users and make money. Founded in Victoria, BC in 2012, Tap for Tap has attracted over 10,000 Android and iOS developers to its innovative ad platform. In a single, easy to use SDK Tap for Tap combines a cross-promotion Tap Exchange with a traditional ad network giving developers the ability to decide whether they want to focus on user acquisition, ad monetization, or an optimal combination of both.

About Corona Labs

Corona Labs (http://www.coronalabs.com) is a venture-backed mobile software company based in Palo Alto, CA. Corona Labs products, the award-winning Corona SDK Starter, Pro, Enterprise and Corona Cloud, democratize app development by empowering developers, from independents to large studios, to create cross-platform applications, games and eBooks for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire?, and NOOK. Boasting a community of over 250,000 developers worldwide, apps created with Corona now have more than 1,600,000,000 sessions each month.







WAGmob announces 1 million paying customers from 175 countries for on-the-go learning


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

WAGmob today announced that more than 1 million customers, from 175 countries, have purchased a WAGmob app for on-the-go learning.

WAGmob offers bite sized, snack sized apps that allow students in K1 to K12, college students and professionals to learn, revise and test on-the-go. WAGmob is transforming the grab-and-go market for learning by its apps and eBooks.

We literally grew from zero to 1 million paying customer in last two and half years. And we have achieved this growth by spending zero dollars on marketing. Our execution focus has been on bite sized, snack sized apps for learning, said Kalpit Jain, founder of WAGmob.

WAGmob promotes on-the-go learning by offering apps and eBooks for school students (Math, English, Science, Grade Series); college students (Business, Law, Engineering, Medicine); and professionals (Languages, Programming, and Tools).

In todays information economy, learning starts at day 1 and continues throughout the life. What you know can help you get a job and get you promoted to the next level. If you can find a minute, use it to learn, said Kalpit Jain, founder of WAGmob.

WAGmobs mission is to have a WAGmob app for on-the-go learning in every hand.

### About WAGmob ###

WAGmob is a digital publishing platform for on-the-go learning. The platform is being leveraged by publishers, businesses and authors to create, amplify and distribute interactive digital learning content. The platform breaks learning into bite sized chunks and offers each part as a snack. The platform incorporates 7 elements to promote on-the-go learning. Tutorials, Quizzes, Flashcards, Videos, Labs (Step by Step instructions), Games (Quiz and memory challenge), and Activity Zones (Drag and drop, Pinch and Zoom, Draw and label),

The platform runs on all in-market smartphones, tablets and eReaders: 1) Apple: iPhone, iPad, iBook, Mac 2) Windows: Smartphone, Tablet, PC 3) Samsung Android: Apps and Learning Hub eBooks 4) Google Android: Apps and eBooks 5) Amazon Android: Kindle fire Apps 6) Barnes and noble Android: nook Apps 7) Black Berry: Apps for Smartphone and Tablet 8) eReader: nook and Kindle 9) Web browsers: IE, Firefox and Safari.

For more information, please email us at team(at)WAGmob(dot)com or visit us at WAGmob.com.







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RealTimeRental Vacation Rental Software Announces Payment Technology Partnership with VacationRentPayment


Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

RealTimeRental Vacation Rental Software, the leading cloud-based software provider to professional vacation rental managers, announced today a new technology partnership with VacationRentPayment, the leading payment processing provider for the vacation home rental industry.

This strategic partnership provides RealTimeRental customers with a turnkey solution to accept credit cards and eChecks for online vacation rental payments by utilizing VacationRentPayments robust payment processing technology. Payments can be processed directly by a reservationist in the RealTimeRental software or online by travelers on a self-service basis.

We are excited to partner with RealTimeRental, said Matt Golis, CEO of VacationRentPayment. By using VacationRentPayment, clients will be able to seamlessly integrate online payments with RealTimeRentals vacation rental workflow for booking reservations, as well as its industry-leading trust accounting system for tracking payments and other transactions.RealTimeRental is currently the vacation rental software solution for over 200 of the industrys premier vacation rental management companies, providing services to over 135,000 vacation rental properties across North America and processing over $ 600 million dollars per year.

The addition of VacationRentPayment to the RealTimeRental (RTR) service provides multiple benefits:


Cost Savings: VacationRentPayment will offer RTR customers industry low flat-rate pricing and eCheck acceptance. No more tiers based on the types of credit cards used by travelers, or other hidden costs. The pricing is truly what you see is what you getenabling property managers to budget their expenses with greater confidence and predictability.

Save Time: The VacationRentPayment/RTR partnership automates the online payment process so clients can focus on more important activities instead of the time-consuming, inefficient process of collecting checks and processing cards through a terminal for rental payments.

Maximize Bookings: VacationRentPayments online payment options make the vacation rental process easier and vastly more competitive with the hotel booking experience travelers are accustomed to, allowing vacation rental managers the ability to quickly and easily process credit cards, debit cards and eChecks online through their RealTimeRental software to book a reservation.

Payment Security: Secure credit card data with tokenization technology to mitigate your PCI compliancy risk.

RealTimeRental is continuously striving to provide our customers with the most complete rental management software in the industry to streamline their administrative processes and maximize bookings, said Sherry Tomasso, Co-Founder of RealTimeRental. In that vein, we selected VacationRentPayment as our partner for online payments because of its strong reputation for providing the most advanced and secure payment processing technology in the market. We look forward to a great partnership with VacationRentPayment for many years to come.

About RealTimeRental

RealTimeRental (RTR) is the leading web-based Vacation Rental Property Management System, designed for the professional manager, serving more than 135,000 vacation rental homes and properties in North America. For more information please visit http://www.RealTimeRental.com.

About VacationRentPayment

VacationRentPayment (powered by YapStone Inc), offers the most innovative and integrated online payment solution to the property management industry. Dedicated to providing the best combination of cost savings, simplified accounting, and superior technology, YapStone is the leader in online payment processing solutions for specialized vertical markets. YapStones payment service processes billions of dollars annually, with an on-demand platform that offers Web-based and mobile payment processing and seamless integration to its clients accounting systems and websites. YapStone has been recognized in Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies for the past 4 years and was most recently named to Forbes List of Americas 100 Most Promising Companies.







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BroadLit?, Inc. Announces Licensing Program with Art.com; A Multi-Level Media Company Licenses Vintage Hip Line


Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 28, 2013

BroadLit, a multi-level media company, is bringing the world of vintage and new romance content to women through its new line of licensed TruLove ? products using images from nearly 100 years of True Love and True Romance Magazine covers and content. By combining the popular genre of romance with the emerging world of new media technology BroadLit is putting a vintage hip slant on romance and delivering it to todays women. With the launch of its online romance hub TruLOVEstories.com, BroadLit is featuring licensed merchandise, ebooks, mobile games, and other community-building features to fulfill every romance seekers desire for more.

We are pleased to announce our TruLove license with art.com inc., says CEO Cynthia Cleveland. Art.com will produce posters, art prints, giclee prints, photographic prints, wall murals, wall decals, prints on canvas, and other related products using our beautiful magazine covers primarily from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. They already offer about 70 of our images on their website.

BroadLits licensing representative, Sinclair Global Corporation, secured the license with art.com. Sinclair is currently in discussions with a wide range of other potential licensees that produce items from beauty products to greeting cards, apparel and on behalf of BroadLits TruLove merchandising and licensing program.

According to Chief Marketing Officer Barbara Weller, Art.com is the perfect license because its products will become a showcase for all the beautiful images contained in our wholly owned portfolio. We are delighted to have the opportunity to re-introduce these beautiful images to todays market where there is great appreciation for vintage cool items.

BroadLit is unique in that it brings to the market a combination of classic and new romance material through many multi-media channels. BroadLit, which purchased nearly 100 years of the assets of True Romance and True Love Magazines, including not only the vintage cover images now being licensed, but also womens stories about both true love and love gone bad. It is bringing to life this extensive archive of vintage and new love stories by publishing the on-going series of short story collections the TruLove Collection series.. The first eight collections are available to purchase wherever ebooks are sold. The next two collections are scheduled for publication in May and June of 2013. All BroadLit books are distributed by Perseus Books Constellation Services.

BroadLit is not limited to licensed merchandise and romance stories. Recently, the company launched its first mobile game Girlfriends Strike Back for iOS and Android devices. The game is designed specifically to appeal to the huge market of female casual gamers worldwide. Who hasnt had a bad boyfriend at least once in their lives? This game gives angry girlfriends a chance for revenge all in the name of fun, says Ms. Cleveland.

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS OF BROADLIT

Cynthia Cleveland, Chief Executive Officer, has run retail, gift and entertainment businesses, ranging from venture capital supported to worldwide divisions of Fortune 500 companies. She has also developed, launched, and managed hundreds of domestic and international consumer brands.

Nancy Cushing-Jones, Chief Publishing and Transmedia Officer, has run worldwide publishing and interactive game licensing programs for a major film and television studio and developed new fiction and non-fiction programs for both adults and children, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Barbara Weller, Chief Marketing and Creative Officer, is a proven media/communications specialist, who has created network and cable television and video programming, developed affinity programs and produced national magazines for various audiences. Ms. Weller is a veteran newspaper journalist and editor and has launched numerous nationally syndicated columns.

ABOUT BROADTHINK:

Broadthink, founded in 2002, is a media, marketing, branding, and business development company dedicated to optimizing the visions of its clients. Broadthinks three partners, Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, are recognized throughout the entertainment, consumer products and publishing industries as experts in content translation from one medium to another. The Los Angeles-based company offers its clients a rich menu of services ranging from business evaluation, brand planning, product development, strategic consulting, and business start up, to business management.

Broadthinks clients include bestselling authors (Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich), publishing companies (Random House, Scholastic Books), media companies (Viacom, HBO), toy and game companies (Mattel, Atari) and award-winning performers (John Lithgow). For more information visit broad-think.com

Media Contact

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Emeryville, CA 94608







Collegedale Public Library in Partnership with Recorded Books Announces eAudiobook Service OneClickdigital


Collegedale, TN (PRWEB) February 21, 2013

Collegedale Public Library, Collegedale, TN, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the launch of OneClickdigital, an online service that allows patrons to download a wide range of audiobooks, including best-sellers, Recorded Books exclusives, classics, selections for children and young adults, and much more.

Patrons have free access to eAudio at home, in the library, or on the go. Many titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out a given title at the same time, eliminating holds. OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone?, Android, and Kindle Fire. OneClickdigital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates. Live toll-free technical support is available at 1-877-77AUDIO.

OneClickdigital really expands the collection of titles patrons have access to, in addition to whats on the shelf at the library, says Joanne Stanfield, Library Director of Collegedale Public Library. We hope many patrons will take advantage of OneClickdigital.

Look for the OneClickdigital icon on the library website http://collegedalepubliclibrary.org for details, or talk to a librarian at Collegedale Public Library.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books is a leading provider of library services around the world, the largest independent producer of unabridged audiobooks, and a distributor of other audio products. Over 10,000 titles for adults, children and young adults are narrated by professional award-winning actors. RBdigital from Recorded Books offers digital database services for downloadable audiobooks as well as continuing education courses, software training, online foreign language courses, digital magazines, independent films, and much more. The OneClickdigital platform delivers electronic products to both libraries and their patrons. eAudiobooks from all the major publishers are available from OneClickdigital and a large collection of titles are simultaneous-access. An eBook program is planned to be launched in 2013. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.







BoarerPitchford.com Announces Four New Works of Fiction


Sacramento, California (PRWEB) February 01, 2013

There is reason to celebrate. The writer Lawrence BoarerPitchford has announced that he is currently working on four new works for your reading enjoyment. As you might remember, last year the author came back on the scene after being away for twelve years. He provided four e-books that titillated the imagination taking the reader to magical realms, on epic adventures; to the Republic of Rome, and the heart of the American Civil War. Along the way, he donated six months of royalties to the American Cancer Society, and did an interview with the infamous Riq Reed which can be viewed on his web site BoarerPitchford.com.

This year (2013), Lawrence BoarerPitchford is forging ahead to bring to market a masterful work in the genre of Steampunk science fiction. This story will take the reader on a stark journey across a dark continent where steam technology, airships, and dangerous cobblestone city streets compete for attention among smartly dressed courtesans, men in tweed jackets, bowler hats, and fancy dress. Also on the docket is the sequel to The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer, In the World of Hyboria, and his most famous and cheeky story Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels.

The author had this to say, There is much to disclose to you my avid and loyal readers. Im carried by the amazing response to my books, and your continued requests that I follow up with these hallmark tales. As always, quality means taking some time to do the job right, so I hope that you remain patient with me as I slave away at my keyboard day and night to produce the requested works. As always I hold you all in the highest regards.

Take a moment to see what all the fuss is about. If you have a Kindle and have a couple of dollars to spend, take a trip to the Amazon.com book store and download a few of his latest novels. Lawrence writes both fantasy and historical fiction. He is best known for his fantasy novel The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer; his fan fiction homage to the creator of Conan the Barbarian In the World of Hyboria; as well as his two historical works Sawbones, and Thadius. Lastly, he is offering for free his first novel titled Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels; a story of three anti-heroes who find that protecting Elizabeth I from nefarious forces is a challenge, considering the Queen wants their heads mounted on pikes. Download it at his website BoarerPitchford.com.

Lawrence BoarerPitchford works and lives in Sacramento California. His work can be found on Amazon books for Kindle, and you can read samples of his novels on his web site BoarerPitchford.com. Take a moment to explore BoarerPitchford.com and visit the author on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.







Leading Indie Publisher Bancroft Press Announces New Emphasis on Memoirs in 2012 and 2013


Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

On March 30, 2012, Bruce Bortz, founder and publisher of leading independent publishing house Bancroft Press, announced that his company would shift its focus from fiction, the companys primary (though not exclusive) emphasis for more than a decade, to memoir.

The change will begin on June 12, when Bancroft, located in Baltimore, MD, will launch Marcy Millers Rebooting in Beverly Hills: A Wise and Wild Path for Navigating the Dating World, a dating over 50 memoir tagged as Sex and the City for the next generation.

Its funny, its wise, and its uniquely insightful about real life, says Bortz of Rebooting in Beverly Hills. Its exactly what we look for in a good memoir.

In a way, says Bortz, the change began last August, with the release of Jackie O: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, a fictional autobiography of the former first lady. Although not actually written by Onassisin fact, it was written by accomplished psychoanalyst Dr. Alma Bondit told a true story from a first-person perspective, and became one of Bancrofts most successful titles in years.

Our slogan here at Bancroft has always been Books that Enlighten, says Bortz. Jackie O did that, and so do our upcoming memoirs.

Aside from Rebooting in Beverly Hills, these new titles include Gerald Felix Warburgs Dispatches from the Eastern Front, an insider and lobbyists view of Washington, D.C. politics; an untitled memoir from Kevin Kelly about a former football coach who turned out to be a mob enforcer; Phyllis Hains Diamond in the Dark, a Southern girls true story of growing up in the midst of child and spousal abuse, then becoming a national champion of the abused; and in October of this year, Walking Home with Baba, Rohini Ralbys spiritual account of her time spent with Swami Muktananda.

But Bortz emphasizes that this new emphasis on memoir does not mean Bancroft is moving away from fiction. In fact, Bancrofts next title, Elizabeth Leikness The Understory, due out June 1, is a work of humorous literary fiction. We will continue to publish excellent fiction, Bortz says. But well publish terrific memoirs as well.

In a sense, this is Bancroft Press returning to its roots. Nonfiction was the predominant focus of Bancroft Press for nearly its first decade of operation.

Fiction and memoir have a lot in common, says Bortz, especially first-person fiction, which Ive always found to be extremely intimate. They both tell great stories. Really, thats what were all about.





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Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces World Premiere: Bel Canto

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today announced details of its new world premiere. Bel Canto, by the gifted young Peruvian composer Jimmy L?pez, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, is based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett. To premiere in Lyrics 2015-16 season, the new opera, commissioned as part of Lyrics Ren?e Fleming Initiative, will be conducted by Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

Both the 2001 book and the new opera are inspired by the Lima Crisis of 1996-97, when members of a revolutionary movement in Peru held hostages at the Japanese ambassadors house for 126 days (Dec. 17, 1996-April 22, 1997). Central to the story is the fictional famed American soprano Roxanne Coss, who will be portrayed by Australian-born American soprano Danielle de Niese. Like the novel, the opera will explore the tensions and unexpected alliances that develop when a group of culturally disparate strangers the terrorists and their hostages are confined in close quarters for months.

Bel Canto will be the seventh world-premiere opera that Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned for its main stage since 1961. Joining Freud for the announcement were L?pez, Cruz, Fleming, Patchett, Davis, and Wadsworth.

The creation of new work is a fundamental, vital part of a major opera companys activity, Freud said. I couldnt be more excited at the start of my tenure here that Lyric is embarking on its latest mainstage commission.

As Lyrics creative consultant, Fleming is curator for this world premiere, which is a keystone of the companys Ren?e Fleming Initiative. Fleming selected the book Bel Canto as the subject for the commission because she was moved by it and found it opera-worthy. Its about terrorism on one level, but its also about what happens when people are forced to live together for a long time, and how art can raise their level of humanity as a group, Fleming said. Most of us crave a cathartic emotional experience when were at the theater, and I believe Bel Canto has the components to do that.

Fleming researched more than a hundred composers for the commission, coming up with a short list that she and Sir Andrew Davis further distilled in consultation with Anthony Freud. The composer they chose, Jimmy L?pez, has a unique intimacy with the storys setting and source material that will help to inform his work.

Of L?pez, Davis said, I was struck by his intelligence and the way he understands both the problems in bringing this piece to the stage, but also the possibilities that opera as a medium offers for illuminating a story. For example, the orchestra can accentuate the dramatic situation onstage, but it can also convey the underlying turmoil that one might not see. This is something that many composers miss and that Jimmy understands completely.

In pairing L?pez with Wadsworth, who has directed premieres of operas by the likes of Peter Lieberson and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Fleming and Davis were eager to give the first-time opera composer an experienced collaborator for meeting the challenge of taking the opera from score to stage. Fleming said, Stephen has done this often in his career, where in addition to directing, he also has an important dramaturgical role in the creation of the piece.

Speaking of Lyrics world premiere, Stephen Wadsworth said, I think there is a terrific opera in Bel Canto. Theres a vivid political story, at least two love stories, and a larger story about art and its healing power. There is also an intriguing m?lange of languages in play including English and Spanish. My job is to shepherd all parties through the period of creation and development with specific attention to the dramaturgy of the piece. We want it to be fresh and arresting, concentrated and tight in narrative and dramaturgy. All the while I will be imagining it onstage, developing the production.

Jimmy L?pezs music has been heard at Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Music Festival, and performed by prestigious orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston and Atlanta symphony orchestras, and by the leading orchestras of Chile, Peru, and Finland. In May the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will premiere his new orchestral piece, Synesth?sie.

L?pez possesses a distinctive musical style and a broad musical worldview influenced by his studies in his native Peru, at the Sibelius Academy in Finland (2000-07), and the University of California at Berkeley (2007-12). His influences range from Bach and Mozart (the ideal opera composer) to Magnus Lindberg, Anders Hillborg, G. F. Haas and John Adams.

The New York Times has described L?pez as an expert in orchestration, while the Chicago Sun-Times declared that he is one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today.

Born in Lima in 1978, L?pez has strong memories of the 1996-97 hostage crisis there, which was covered extensively by local and international media. The bonding between terrorists and hostages was an example of inverted Stockholm syndrome, he said. The terrorists started falling in love with the hostages. Many of the terrorists were only teenagers. They looked up to the hostages as adult, educated, cultured people who spoke many languages.

In 2003, Nilo Cruz became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, for his play Anna in the Tropics. Other major works include Night Train to Bolina and Two Sisters and a Piano. For Cruz, the allure of Bel Canto as an opera libretto came from this material at the center of the book where there are a couple of love stories, he said. Whenever there is love, theres the possibility to sing and to create soaring music. And the clash of people from different social strata offers great possibilities for dramatic conflict. I feel a real affinity for Ann Patchetts language, Cruz continued. Theres humor in this material, theres lyricism and an enormous amount of beauty. Shes not afraid to be emotional, and Im not afraid to be emotional. I feel an enormous amount of responsibility, and Im going to work hard to make something beautiful and powerful.

L?pez was drawn to Cruz as a librettist by his play Two Sisters and a Piano, which is about siblings living under house arrest in Cuba. The whole play happens within the house from beginning to end, L?pez explained. This is what made me think Nilo might be the one, that he is someone interested in pieces with political overtones.

Ann Patchett won the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel Bel Canto. Thinking back to 1996-97 and the inspiration for the book, she recalls being focused on the incident in Lima from the start. It had so many elements that were compelling to me: confinement, survival, a group of strangers thrown together, the construction of family. Also, it was such an un-terrifying terrorist situation: it was a takeover where the terrorists were teenagers who kept asking for more soccer balls and take-out pizza. I was very attracted to that.

While writing the book, Patchett listened to recordings of opera singers, including Fleming, as she created the character of American soprano Roxanne Coss. Before writing Bel Canto, the author knew as much about opera as I did about baseball, which is nothing, she said. But once I came up with Roxanne, I threw myself into learning about it wholeheartedly, playing opera all the time and attending operas whenever possible. I absolutely fell in love with opera. It’s been such a wonderful bonus of writing this book. I feel like I learned a second language.

Over the past decade there have been various attempts to turn the best-selling novel into a movie or a Broadway musical or an opera. Of the Lyric Opera commission Patchett said, I am absolutely thrilled about this and about Lyric. It

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Canadian Bookshelf Announces Amazon.ca as Lead Sponsor and Rebrands as The 49th Shelf


Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

Canadian books are getting a well-deserved boost today. Canadian Bookshelf announced Amazon.ca as its lead sponsor for 2012, and that the book community website will now offer expanded features and book listings under the new name The 49th Shelf.

http://49thShelf.com

Since its launch in June 2011, the website has steadily gained a following of book readers keen to discuss Canadian fiction and non-fiction, post recommended reading lists and discover new books among the 50,000 titles to be found on this uniquely Canadian book site.

The 49th Shelfs extensive listings of Canadian fiction, graphic novels, childrens books, and non-fiction is the largest public collection of Canadian books ever assembled. The site is edited by Kerry Clare, who presents a weekly selection of great reads and, together with host and producer Julie Wilson, publishes guest posts, book recommendations and interviews with notable Canadian authors such as Charlotte Gill, Elizabeth Hay, Lawrence Hill, Marina Endicott, Margaret MacMillan, Alison Pick, Kevin Chong and Michael Winter.

Amazon.cas sponsorship is a great complement to the important public-sector funding the book community website has received from the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Kerry Clare, The 49th Shelfs editor, said of the projects momentum: Its been exciting to see book fans discovering the site for themselves over the past few months, and were looking forward to providing them with still more ways to engage and to find books that theyll love.

Many Canadian authors have contributed to the site since its launch eight months ago. Clare listed recent fan favourites as:


????Author and CBC Radio host Jamie Fitzpatricks post on Hockey Bums and Hockey Novels

????Award-winning poet and novelist Alison Picks list, Books That Made Me Realize I Needed to Be a Writer

????New star Kathleen Winters list, Books That made Me Laugh Out Loud in Public

?Lit blogger and teacher Janet Somervilles list, Recommended Books for Older Teen Boys

The announcement today also marks the introduction of new features on the newly enhanced 49thShelf.com including:

????Expanded listings for Canadian eBooks
?More original content from bestselling authors and rising stars

Book giveaways that allow readers to sample the most anticipated books of 2012

Beth Bruder, Project Chair, commented: “If you consider how people discover books, the Internet has been a game-changer. The 49th Shelf is about recognizing this and using the web to help readers discover the vast array of Canadian booksthere is literally something for every kind of reader on the site.

About The 49th Shelf

Fuelled by the largest collection of Canadian books ever assembled, The 49th Shelf makes it easier to find your next great Canadian read. (http://49thShelf.com)

Think of The 49th Shelf as an interactive, intimate virtual library stocked with Canadian books by authors both world-renowned and up-and-coming, writing in every genre. But not just a library: The 49th Shelf is also a community of avid readers who share the books on the site by making reading lists and book recommendations. On The 49th Shelf, youll find books youll never forget, meet people whose lists and reviews youll admire, and learn more about the authors who intrigue you.

The 49th Shelf is produced by the Association of Canadian Publishers in association with the Canadian Publishers Council with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

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