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Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today:

Go on, 'Girl': The release of the trailer for David Fincher's film adaptation of Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and is due Oct. 3, has boosted sales of the thriller. Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel about a husband suspected in his wife's disappearance climbs to No. 31 from No. 93 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. The book has spent 98 weeks on the list and had been as high as No. 3. The trailer has raised questions for fans, such as, is Amazing Amy (Pike) really dead? On Tuesday, Girl was released in paperback (which will be reflected on next week's list). – Jocelyn McClurg

Pulitzer bump: Winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction usually gives literary novels a modest boost on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. In 2010, for example, Paul Harding's Tinkers made the list at No. 64 — more than a year after its release — after winning the Pulitzer. This year's winner, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, already was a best seller, but after the April 14 prize announcement it jumps from No. 22 to No. 7. It landed on the list in October at No. 5. (The paperback is due in a year.) Tartt is among Time magazine's 100 most influential people, announced Thursday (Beyoncé is on the cover). Also on the list: John Green, whose novel for teens, The Fault in Our Stars, is back at No. 1.

Extra credit: Authors Jeff Kinney, Anna Quindlen, Wally Lamb, Mary Roach and Kelly Corrigan will judge a new contest to select the best college application essays. The contest, called Extra Credit, is sponsored by Medium, an online publishing platform begun by Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter. Three $5,000 scholarships go to the winners. "The beauty of it is that students have already done the work," says Corrigan, who came up with the idea. "It's the best thing they've written and shouldn't be buried in an admissions file read by only one or two people." Deadline for entries is May 19. Details at www.medium.com/extra-credit

Who's popular now? At 15, Maya Van Wagenen has not only written a memoir, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Nerd, but she has a film deal with DreamWorks. Click here to read her interview with USA TODAY's Lindsay Deutsch and to watch Van Wagenen describe how a 1953 self-help guide, Betty Cornell's Teen-Age Popularity Guide,changed her life.

Another 'Sisterhood' film: TheHollywood Reporter breaks the news that a third movie based on Ann Brashares' best-selling series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is in the works. This time, it's Sisterhood is Everlasting. Nine novels by Brashares have made USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, including two that hit No. 2 — The Sisterhood in 2001 and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood in 2007.

Do you like to read? After World Book Night US on Wednesday, author Chris Cander writes on her blog about the joy of giving away 20 copies of Peter Geye's The Lighthouse Road to travelers at the Greyhound bus station in Houston in less than 15 minutes. She notes that a simple question, "Do you like to read?"' triggered "camaraderie and community. … One woman, after learning what the book was about, said to another, 'We can talk about this on the ride.' "

Graduation reading: Two teachers whose graduation speeches triggered books will be doing TV and radio today: Comedy Central's The Colbert Report has Syracuse University's George Saunders discussing Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness. (I imagine Colbert's character will be less than kind.) David McCullough Jr., who teaches at Wellesley (Mass.) High School, can expect friendlier questions on National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show about You Are Not Special: ...And Other Encouragements. Click here to read my Q&A with McCullough, son of the celebrated historian.

Prize for Ford: Richard Ford has won the 2014 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix, a $10,000 Canadian award that recognizes "a lifetime of literary achievement by an internationally acclaimed writer." Click here to read my 4-star review of Ford's most recent novel Canada, which is set in Montana and North Dakota as well as Canada.

You can follow USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer on twitter: @bookbobminz

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