Really nice local radio piece out KCUR Kansas City, MO on book selling wars. Very good audio. (thanks to Shelf Awareness).
Um, some rather discouraging statements for bookstore owners were made the Australian Minsiter for Small Business. From the Canberra Times: "Minister predicts demise of bookstores", (thanks to Shelf Awareness).
GREAT article about a veteran author writing his first YA novel. From The Walrus: "Brother Grim:In his new young adult novel, Idaho Winter, Tony Burgess unleashes his trademark gore and gross-out humour on the kids". I cringe slightly at the word 'kids', but here is an excerpt from the article, "In June, he published what might be his most surreal book yet: Idaho Winter, about a tormented boy who takes control of his surrounding world after learning he’s a character in a book." Never read anything by him, but the premise has me intrigued.
Rather cool article from The Guardian that asks an interesting question: "Writing for a living: a joy or a chore?".
Okay, okay, I know that that #YAsaves! thing is a bit over, but I really liked these three posts:
- From literary agent Rachelle Gardner on her blog, Rants and Ramblings: "On Darkness in YA Literature."
- From Julie Z. at fbomb: "#YASaves".
- From fellow book blogger Ashley at Books From Bleh To Basically Amazing, "Memory Monday- Age Appropriate... Or, not." My book soulie nailed it her - a perfectly penned post. Love. It.
The winners for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award have been announced:
- General Fictions Winner: East of Denver by Gregory Hill
- Young Adult Fiction Winner: Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky
The winners for the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards have been announced:
- Fiction:Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
- Nonfiction:The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
- Picture Book:Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
The winners for the 2011 Red House Chidren's Book Award (UK) have been announced:
- Overall Winner: Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
- Young Childrens: Yuck! That's Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson
- Older Readers: TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators announced the winners of the first ever Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards. Check out the winners and their beautiful covers here.