Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (5)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup 

Blog Posts of Note:

I think this is one of the best posts I've read in a while.  The wonderful ladies over at Stacked posted "Ten Truths About Blogging".  What do you think - regardless if you agree with all of it, they offer some sound advice and remind us of why we blog.

Reading with Tequila posted 'Book Bloggger Recommendations: The List 2010' - it's an incredible compilation and contains favs from over 50 bloggers.  Enjoy!

Anna from Anna Reads had a fantastic conversation going on at her blog called "Adults, why do you read YA?"  Check it out - great comments!

Kudos to two bloggers for their wonderful interviews with The DUFF author Kody Keplinger: Blkosiner's Book Blog

Nic over at Irresistible Reads wrote up a fantastic review on Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams - I had never heard of this one and wanted to pass on the good read potential based on her post.  Her favorite quote is a fun one!

Abigail over at All Things Urban Fantasy posted a positive review of Pegasus by Robin McKinley.

Two bloggers gave opposing views on soon-to-be-released Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber.  A special thanks to Danny at Bewitched Bookworms.  Danny gave a 'con' review, but made sure to note that Splash of Our Worlds loved the book and linked to it.  Savy at Books with Bite also reviewed it and went middle of the road.

Mary at Forever Young (Adult) posted a wonderfully positive review on Unearthly by Cynthia Young - this book will be released in January 2011.

Vee over at Musty Pages gave an absolutely glowing review of Fury by Shirley Marr.  This is one of the best reviews I've read in a while!  I love that cover!  So, OF COURSE, it looks like you can only purchase a hard copy in AUSTRALIA!  <muttermuttermuttergrrrrrrrrrr>.  I am going to have to breakdown and get an e-reader. . . Sorry, had to let that out.  I'm good now.

Kate at Midnight Book Girl also gave a glowing review on Delirium by Lauren Oliver - she says it, " will have you up all night, turning pages in feverish pace to find out what happens next."

Jenny at Supernatural Snark wrote up a great, detailed review on the very lovely sounding A Kiss in Time by Alex Finn.

Articles to Read:

Have you heard the buzz about  Here's a great New York Times article on the new website that was launched this past Monday. The NYT calls is, "experiment in online literature, a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, both on their computers and on their cellphones. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site."

A Borders and Barnes & Noble merger?  It could be in the works according to the Wall Street Journal.

It finally happened!  USAToday reports that Google launched it's e-book enterprise this past Monday: "Google opens e-book store; competes with Amazon and Apple".  However, one blogger for Western Australia Today added some commentary highlighting the struggles that some foreign readers, including Australians, may face while trying to use the new Google eBooks service.

Following that same line, here's a very interesting article from The New York Times on the tough and creative tactics that foreign publishers and authors use to get published here in the U.S.   Translation is expensive, so it's a hard road.  Also check out this website: Words Without Borders.  The organization, ". . . translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation."

Great article from Publishers Weekly on the 'Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, workshop held recently in Florida - has some great insights from YA authors in it.

The New York Times posted an amazing article on San Francisco's 'Litquake'!  It's exactly what it sounds like - a bibliophile's book crawl to around 400 different reading in the city!  I want to go next year!  SF has an amazing literary scene, and the article also details that.

Thank God Colin Firth has a jealous streak and doesn't listen to others. Check out this article from the U.K.'s The Telegraph on why he almost turned down playing the Regency Era's Sexiest Man Ever.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has published it first issue of the Journal for Research on Libraries and Young AdultsWonderful information for teachers, librarians and YA lit fans.

Alexander Skarsgard alert!  Yeah, I know, not YA, but c'mon - it's Eric!  ZZ over at True Blood 's Nest was good enough to post a recent interview AS had with Polish magazine Empik (the post is in English).  Want more True Blood love?  Here's an interview from The Vault with director Allan Ball about the fourth season.  Oh, and here is Season 4 casting news - don't know who these new characters are, but please, Allan: no more tutus on the fae!  Have at it, trubies!

Ever wonder who makes typeface and fonts?  The Economist posted a fascinating article on Matthew Carter, a "a type designer and the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant."  Check it out: "The most-read man n the world". just did a Top Ten List on "10 Authors and the Directors Who Were Born to Adapt Them".  Awesome.

Okay, this is hilarious.  There is an 'unofficial' blog for employees of Barnes & Noble.  There is a thread on there called, "Dear Barnes & Noble customer. . ."  Do read it if you simultaneously want to be appalled and amused by the ridiculous behavior of uncouth customers. 

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

Getting ready for the release of Across the Universe on 01.11.2011?  The book trailer was just released!

Madeleine L'Engle's legacy lives on.  Her granddaughter, Lena Roy, authored a book published this past Tuesday entitled Edges.  Read the full article from the Christian Science Monitor here.

The reports that Simon & Schuster has bought a new paranormal romance YA trilogy that will start releasing in 2011 in the U.S. and Australia.  The article states, "The trilogy, comprising Fury, Envy and Eternity, is written by Elizabeth Miles. It is about three furies who exact vengeance on a group of teenagers deemed to have wronged others."  Click here for the full report.  S&S UK also issued a press release, which I think the article is based off.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares to be turned into a movie?  It's happening according this recent article in The Chronicle-Telegram.

Books for Company is having its first giveaway ever.  I know, everyone does eventually, but the big deal is that it's an INTERNATIONAL contest for a copy of Jenny Downham's You Against Me!  I don't think this one is in the States - very exciting! Thanks for the great contest, BfC!

Stephanie Reads is also having her first giveaway - an ARC of Matched by Ally Condie - please support both of these new bloggers!

There is also a fantastic contest for a copy of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade going on at The Qwillery.  Even if you already own a copy, the interview with Andrea is fabulous and insightful - Great job, Qwillery! reports that a new paranormal show is being developed for the CW by Kevin Williamson.

Variety reports: "Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the bigscreen adaptation of James Dashner's young adult sci-fi tome "The Maze Runner" for 20th Century Fox."  Click here for the full article.

That's it for this week, kids!  More news and fun stuff to come next week!

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  1. I just love reading your roundups. So much book news!! Awesome!

  2. I love this post! What a great roundup, really interesting to read.
    Thank you for posting about my competition on your page =)
    Books For Company

  3. Aw, thank you both! I love news, so I have to share!

    And to BfC, thank you - that's a wonderful giveaway for those of us in the States - that book is not released here (yet?), so there are quite a few of us chomping at the bit for that one!


  4. I really enjoyed reading your roundup. Lots of interesting news here and some great reviews. Great Post!

  5. Love the roundoup! It's a great service for the YA blogging community.

  6. Oh - Beatle Meets Destiny is one of my all time faves. it's like a cult classic. so very very good!

    Fury was brilliant as well :)

    x (love nic and vee!)

  7. Thank you for the mention of the Andrea Cremer Nightshade giveaway at The Qwillery and for your kind comments about the interview.