Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (13)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup

Blog Posts of Note:

Imagination in Focus had a GREAT guest post this week with wonderful comments: "Chatting About YA Heroines"

The Gatekeepers Post is holding a writing contest on Wattpad - check out the impressive list of judges!  Click here for details.

Flashlight Worthy put out a list  of "The Best GLBT Young Adult Novels of the New Century".

OH. WOW.  Edward Champion's Reluctant Habits put together a list, by state, of independent bookstores located within driving distances of closed Borders: "List of Independent Alternatives to Closed Borders Bookstores"

BOO on book banning!  Special thanks to Pam at Bookalicious for bringing my attention to a recent case.  The book in question?  Scars by Cheryl Rainfield.

I absolutely loved The Book Smugglers review of the recently released The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier: "From a storytelling perspective, Ms. Neumeier truly shines – just as in her adult work, the world and societies that the author has created with The Floating Islands is truly remarkable stuff."

I love it when a review from another blogger can change my mind about reading a book.  I wasn't sold on Pink by Lili Wilkinson, but after reading this review at Wastepaper Prose, I'm game: "I was genuinely impressed with the depth of characterization, the careful crafting of each groups dynamics, and the development of Ava's relationship with the members of each group." 

Summer Edward's Caribbean Children's Literature had a great feature on a new YA book called Minding Ben Victoria Brown.  This is a little different from the usual fare that we see - the protagonist is a teenaged Trinidadian woman who's come to the U.S. to nanny.  It releases in April.

Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy wrote a great review for Falling Under by Gwen Hayes: "In the tradition of those aforementioned titles, FALLING UNDER is part gothic romance, part paranormal mystery, and part coming of age story.  It’s breathtakingly written in a way that I think will elevate it above most of it’s peers (excepting maybe SHIVER).  The characters, even the secondary ones, are all given dimension and distinct motivations.  I didn’t necessarily like every character, but I believed they were real."

Confessions of a Bookaholic had a wonderful review on a book I had not heard of called Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors: "Mad Love is a wonderful tale that gives a modern twist to an old mythological creature. It gave a nice spin to my own perception of Cupid and I enjoyed the stories Errol told. Alice's courage made her shine throughout this book and I enjoyed her sweet romance with Tony. If you are a fan of old legends being seen in a modern light, you will enjoy Mad Love."

Articles to Read:

Did you see The New York Times article, "Teenage Wastelands"?  Mostly about dystopian YA lit.  It wasn't too bad, but here is a well-penned response from Liz B. from A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Teacozy.

The School Library Journal reports that vamps are out for YA, but what's in?  Check it out: "Dead Teens, Space Travel the Next Big Things in YA Literature". 

Four independent bookstores have joined forces in St. Louis to help spread the word about what they do for the community.

Borders customers in the U.S. weren't the only ones affected by the recent bankruptcy - check out this article from The Sydney Morning Herald.

An illuminating article from Publishers Weekly on the marketing behind the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.

The L.A. Times put out a review for Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, the follow-up to the 2008 What I Saw and How I Lied.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced this year's 2010 Nebula Award nominees, including the ones for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

I just came across this recent white paper by Catherine Andronik, a veteran U.S. YA librarian.  She recounts her experience exploring Australian YA while doing research there.  I had to share this with all of you who can't get enough of the wonderful Aussie YA that's out there: "An Initial Exploration of Printz Award Winners from Outside the U.S."

A very interesting article from The New York Times titled "Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter": "Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people — particularly the younger generation. "  Also discusses a little bit about mircobloging.  You should also check out this great reaction piece from WebProNews to the article refuting some of things said in the NYTimes article.

An interesting op-ed piece on the Amazon/state sales tax controversy from the Seattle Times.

Fan of Rebecca?  Check this out from the UK's The Guardian: "Lost Daphne du Maurier stories discovered"

Great overview from Shelf Awareness on the Tools of Change presentations - if you missed this, you should really check it out!  Lots of great discussion on e-readers, book commerce, and who readers have relationships with in the industry.

The finalists for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards were announced!  There are both Junior Fiction and Young Adult categories - check it out!

Some sad news.  Chronicles of Narnia executive producer and author of Hero, Perry Moore, has died of a suspected drug overdose.

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

Cover reveal!  

Supernaturally by Keirsten White.

From Penguin YoungReaders: "Richelle Mead, author of the International #1 Bestselling Vampire Academy series, talks about her upcoming series BLOODLINES. Learn about who the narrator will be, which characters may be crossing over from Vampire Academy and how our new heroine is different from Rose." 

According to PopCrush, The Hunger Games film will go into production this Spring (some commentary on strong female leads included, and Pop2it/Zap2it reports that actress Alyson Stoner really wants to play Katniss.  Check out the pics!

Holy crap!  Did you hear that self-published author Amanda Hocking announced that her Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for film?!

I thought this post from the Moviefone Blog was fantastic and well-timed - talks a lot about the the female coming-of-age story gaining a significant presence in film again: "Upcoming Fairy-Tale Flicks and Why Movies Are Getting Grimm"

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

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  1. Great post! So much to read and go through :)

  2. I've been a fan of Alyson Stoner since she used to appear in the Missy Elliot vids. She is adorable. I could totally see her as Katniss.

    I don't what to think about the new tread in YA Lit. *deep sigh*

    Interesting links as per usual, Linds. Thanks for gathering them. You know I'm too opinionated for my own good, so though it may be a pain, consider adding target="_blank" after the link so I don't have to leave your blog to check out the links. Before I know it, one article leads to another to another, and then to get back I have to crawl through a mess of jumble. LOL

    Gawd, I'm lazy. Sorry. :D

    Next time I'll keep my big mouth shut.

  3. So much to check out this week! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Missie! Use tab browsing :) I always have a million tabs open after reading through Linds's Roundups.