Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (17)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup

Blog Posts of Note:

Turns out that the brother of one of the lovely ladies at The Lit Express is a total techie.  His guest post, "The eBook Revolution", really illuminated for me just what we are and are not buying when 'purchasing' e-books.  Extremely informative, and I recommend that you check it out.

Another great guest post on Kody Keplinger's blog: "Phoebe North on Sex Positive YA"

A guest post on the Wall Street Journal's blog Speakeasy by Nickel Plated author Aric Davis caught my eye.  If you were on Twitter yesterday, you may have noticed it also ruffled some feathers, but here it is: "Sex? Violence? An Author Tests the Boundaries in YA fiction." 

Great post from the Librarian in Black: "CIL 2011: eBooks and Their Growing Value for Libraries (PART 1)"

I LOVE it when I see my fellow bloggers love a book as much as I do!  Savy from Books with Bite, Audrey from Holes in My Brain, and Melissa from i swim for oceans all read and reviewed the absolutely amazing Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar in the last week.  Especially impressive was Melissa's assessment: "Remember how I said contemporary fiction wasn't my thing? After reading Raw Blue, I can honestly say that this is the epitome of what the genre should be. I've read a lot of books, but Raw Blue is in a league of its own. Raw and real, Kirsty Eagar bottled heartache and let it spill over into the pages of her book, letting the words spin a story that's mesmerizing, heartbreaking and wholeheartedly touching."  Want to learn more about this wonderful work that NEEDS to be published in the U.S.?  Click on the Raw Blue button in my right column.

Positive review from Maxine from My Love Affair with Books on a new on an August 2011 release titled Populazzi by Elise Allen, ". .  .just how many of us would not be ready to put everything we care for at risk to become a Populazzi? This book  not only explores the school hierarchy but also the imperfections hidden beneath the perfect and glamorous exterior of the popular group."

Lindsi from Books, Sweets and Other Treats reviewed the upcoming A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan: "There is a mystery to be solved, a new world to explore, and a devastating love story that I couldn't look away from. If you decide to read this, I recommend a box of tissues to go with the story. "

o is the book worth it? Are you kidding me? This book is worth every single breath of air. You just have to pick it up. Pain, happiness, sorrow, and hardship, in a world where the human race is burning out - The Dark and Hollow Places is definitely stunning."

Tara at Hobbitsies gave a great review for The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan: "Overall, I thought The Long Weekend was a very powerful book. It was shocking, upsetting, and absolutely engaging. I had to know the outcome of Sam and Lloyd’s weekend, no matter what. I absolutely recommend picking up The Long Weekend. It’s so unlike anything I’ve read before."  This book is not released in the U.S. yet, but Tara and the rest of the stops on the blog tour for it are holding giveaways, as well - check out the whole tour schedule at  i swim for oceans for your chance to win a copy!

Articles to Read:

Very nice article from the Illawarra Mercury in Australia on the growing popularity of romance readers, from young adult to adult paranormal: "Finding love between the covers".

Well, hello, this is seven shades of awesome!  From The Star-Tribune out of Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN, "The story of style".  Here's an excerpt: "As part of the new program sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), Riley and other designers are teaching a group of girls about the local fashion scene. The goal of the project is to preserve stories about the community, said Aleah Vinnick, young adult audience specialist for the MNHS. Through intergenerational learning, Vinnick hopes the young participants will be "inspired by designers' work to create a new history."

From GalleyCat, "Mass Market Paperback Sales Plunged Nearly 31% in January".

YALSA is calling for ideas!  They are "seeking proposals for programs for continuing education sessions for ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 22 – 26, 2012."  Got a creative idea?  Take the survey and help them out!

Ohhhh, Bloomsbury has acquired worldwide, English language rights to a very timely novel.  In Darkness by Nick Lake "tells the story of Shorty, a boy trapped in a collapsed building in Port au Prince in Haiti. Enveloped in darkness Shorty relives the brief life that brought him at the age of 14 to be in the hospital with a gunshot wound. Woven with his story is that of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the revolutionary black leader of Haiti in the 1790's who led the slave revolt. Despite being centuries apart their two lives will become irrevocably entwined."  It sounds fascinating, and it will be published in January 2012.

The shortlist for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards, including the nominees for its LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category - here's the list:
Christian, the Hugging Lion, by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, illustrated by Amy June Bates, Simon & Schuster
God Loves Hair, by Vivek Shraya, llustrated by Juliana Neufeld,  Vivek Shraya 
Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Random House Books for Children
Love Drugged, by James Klise, Flux
Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Amanda Hocking has been in the news a lot lately.  The LA Times says she might be working on a new four-book series, but she also might be looking to take a more traditional route to publishing it: "Self-publishing phenom Amanda Hocking said to be looking for traditional deal"

Neil Shusterman, YA Author of the upcoming Bruiser, spent the day with middle-school students Wilsonville Spokesman, :"Learning the art of writing from an expert".

Did you miss out on the Breathless tour?  Here's GalleyCat with a great interview: "Five YA Authors in One Interview"

Blahblah, here some legality items concerning the digital publishing/sales world/ereaders:
From The New York Times: "Judge Rejects Google’s Deal to Digitize Books" (love the tongue-in-cheek opening line)
Form Business Insider: "Barnes and Noble's Imploding Business Scares Off All Buyers".
From "Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn over alleged patent violations"
From PCWorld: "If Android Violates Patents, Shouldn't Microsoft Sue Google?"

Hey, college kids!  The New York Times is holding its 2011 Modern Love College Essay Contest - Deadline is March 31, 2011!  Check it out!

From The Bold Type blog on "The Top Selling Female E-book Authors". 

Okay, I find this somewhat blasphemous, but also fascinating.  From the Huffington Post: "Book Art: Coolest Book Sculptures By Artist Brian Dettmer"

Did you see this?  Insert tongue into cheek and don't choke: "The Electronic Publishing Bingo Card: Because someone had to do it, and why not me."

Buzz: Books and Otherwise

From the LA Times, Suzanne Collins has given an official thumbs up to J. Law: "Suzanne Collins on Jennifer Lawrence: 'powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave'

From MTV: "Summit Entertainment's Post-'Twilight' Plans Are 'Divergent'.  I am sending up a tiny prayer to the book-to-movie adaptation gods that Divergent turns out a little better than Twilight.  Please?  Sorry, Twihards.

From "Pettyfer And Lawrence Out, Julianne Moore In For The Seventh Son" (aka The Last Apprentice).

Excited for Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini?  Check out this just released video!

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

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  1. Another great literary roundup. I love all those Raw Blue reviews. I am super excited that everyone is loving it. I really hope it gets published in the US :)

  2. Great round-up! I am super excited for Divergent to become a movie! Also those were some great reviews on Raw Blue! Thanks for giving me a chance to win and read it. I feel so lucky!!

  3. The ebook story about ebook ownership, I never though about what if these companies go under who house all of our books...I own a Kindle, but rarely buy anything one it(usually free book or 99 cent ones) because I can't share them with my friends. Plus the cost of ebooks is the same as a print book in many cases.

    Loved the Sex Positive in Ya article!

    I agree, I hope Summit does better with Divergent.

  4. My fix! I've been jonesing!

    I haven't been too impressed with Summit so far. Hopefully they have finally made enough money that they can put more into their projects especially since they seem keen on grabbing up books for the big screen.

  5. Yay for people loving Raw Blue and The Long Weekend, I adored both of those and hope everyone gets a chance to read them. You and Melissa rock for getting tours started for them so more bloggers get a chance to experience the awesomeness:)

    I haven't read Divergent, but I'm excited it's getting made into a movie. I'm a fan of Twilight, but I can recognize and fully admit the movie was a little rough:)

  6. I'll sending up a prayer for Divergent too, Linds. I'm a Twihard who absolutely hated the movies. Thank you for doing these roundups, I always find more blogs to explore. :)

  7. @Savy and Nic - Yay for Raw Blue - I LOVE spreading the word about it!

    @Jacinda - I knoooow - weird, I kind thought since I paid good money for an ebook that it would be mine - silly me! Amen on Divergent - please Summit, don't screw this one up!

    @Missie - always happy to be your Thursday drug o' choice :)

    @Jenny - bloggers doing what they do best - I just finished TLW last night - UBER creeps!

    @Rummanah Aasi - as much as I mock the books, I enjoyed them, too. I was so upset at the hot emo mess in the first movie - ohpleaseohpleaseohplease, Summmit, give us better with Divergent!

  8. Finally freaking found it!

    Just another POV.