Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (12)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup 

Blog Posts of Note:

***my apologies that the Blog Posts of Note is a bit shorter than usual - had to deal with some sudden news this week and had to cut my blog browsing time a little short.

Forever YA gave a beautiful review on a March release on a book I hadn't heard of before, and now I can't wait to get my hands on it.   Erin says of What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez: "alright, you guys are gonna have to bear with me here, because while I can delightfully skewer something like Flowers in the Attic with one hand tied behind my back while also performing complex yoga poses, it’s a lot harder for me to write a review for a book I love without basically dissolving into tears and exclamation marks and screaming “JUST READ IT OKAY!!!” to various passers-by." Actin' Up with Books also posted a great interview with the author - definitely worth checking out!

Midnight Book Girl reviewed Stay by Deb Caletti and had this to say: "Stay explores the darker side of romance and shows that not all types of love are healthy.  There are signs in the very beginning that Christian isn't quite right, but Clara falls for him almost instantly and at first interprets  the warning signs as proof that Christian loves her."  Stay releases in April.

Great review on The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta from Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing: "There is so much anger, grief and betrayal floating around that family that it is hard to see how they've stuck together for so long. But, there is undeniably also a lot of love, and that is what holds them together past all the hurts. It's almost palpable." 

Lovely review by Bookworming in the 21st Century on By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle: "Dunkle does a marvelous job of melding beautiful scenery with a myth that is both gruesome and evil and the result is terrifyingly wonderful. Definitely a book you won't be able to put down once you start reading."

Articles to Read:

This is a well-timed article from The Economist: "Young Adult Fiction: From the Cairo Slums".  It's a review of new book called The Glass Collector by Anna Perera.

The Library Journal posted its results from this year's Book Buying Survey for Public Libraries.  Some good and some not-so-good.

Wow - great article from the Boston Herald, "Writer, 16, finds millions of readers online".  Oh, and the story she writes?  A student/teacher relationship, believe it or not.

I really enjoyed reading "The Work, Not the Author, Matters" from the Wall Street Journal.  Authorial fallacies and all that jazz.

Daemon's Books wrote a nice article that built upon the L.J. Smith/Alloy Entertainment controversy: "The Business Behind Young Adult Novels". 

If you are wild about Aussie YA, why not look at some non-YA fiction from there, as well?  Reuters just reported on the AU's IP picks, "Post-apocalyptic novel wins Australian book award".  Sounds intriguing!

From "Gary Paulsen's Winning Formula for Writing YA Survival Novels".

MoMaFilm has a nice post on, "YA fiction's knife crime lessons:Beyond the hysterical headlines, the best of these novels help explain these young offenders to us – and them"

Oh. My, Gears.  An entire town in Massachusetts is going steampunk for a weekend in May!  Waltham, MA is the place, and check out the opening to their global invitation: "Dear fellow chrono-adventurers, neo-Victorian madpeople, and Steampunks of every stripe, sort, origin, and variety:  The Charles River Museum of Industry, in conjunction with Jeff Mach, is offering you something hitherto unknown in the history of our humble movement:  A Steampunk weekend spanning an entire town!  And we invite you to be a part of it!"  It looks incredible!!

Here's a great article from The Irish Times with more on the history of steampunk and how it's turned from a sub-genre into a subculture.

Hey, have you heard about Bookigee?  It's a new thing to help you find books you might like.  It actually looks really neat - check out more from Shelf Awareness.

Great article from New York Daily News on Christopher Grant, the author of Teenie: "First-time author and Brooklyn native pens most of his young adult novel during commute"

The CYBILS Award Winners were announced!

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare posted a video on things that definitely will NOT be happening in book #4!

Susie Wilson wrote a great review of the 2011 Stonewall prize winner, Almost Perfect, by Brian Katcher for The New Jersey Newsroom:  "Prize-winning novel ‘Almost Perfect' puts you inside the life of a transgendered teen".

Publishers Weekly announced that Simon and Schuster has signed an author for a new trilogy: "S&S Signs Up New YA Trilogy by Tonya Hurley". The new series will be, "a contemporary, supernatural romance that is a reimagining of the martyrdom legends of three saints."

Author Mike Frost has also signed on for a YA trilogy with Random House called "Will West: The Epic".  Frost also has penned eight adult novels, as well as big-budget screenplays.

An independent comic book called Darkchylde will be turned into a young adult series.

Summit Entertainment has optioned rights for Veronica Roth's upcoming dystopian release Divergent according to New York MagazineThe book releases in May, and it sounds like it has a very unique premise! has announced that Emma Watson has signed on to star  in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Watson also is reported to be a top contender for the role of Claudia in the Incarceron film starring opposite of Taylor Lautner.

A director has been chosen for the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host, according to

According to Sci-Fi author Tobias Buckell, Subterreanean Magazine is coming out with a YA issue very soon!


  1. Another great round up! I don't know what to go look at first :)

  2. I look forward to this post every week!

  3. Really? You got me reading on line fiction now.

    As if adding more books to the old TBR isn't enough. *sighs*

    Thanks Linds ;)

  4. Ah can't wait for City of Fallen Angels, thanks for posting that video Linds:) And even though I haven't read Divergent yet, I'm really excited it's being optioned for a movie, I've heard it's amazing. Love when you do the roundup, so much fun stuff to look at!

  5. Hi there, found your blog 'cuz you found mine. This is such a comprehensive collection of tidbits. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it.

  6. What Can't Wait is a good read! Quick read and quite a simple one but ld id enjoy it there. Thanks for the round up!

  7. I just love these roundups you do, Linds! They must take SO much time and effort! I'm loving the take on Stay, btw...I can't wait for that book.