Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lit News To Note 06.23.2011

General 'This & That' News

From The New York Times: "Come Meet the Author, but Open Your Wallet".  Check out the opening lines, "Independent bookstores, squeezed by competition from Internet retailers like Amazon, have long done something their online brethren cannot emulate: author events. And now many bookstores say they have no choice but to capitalize on this grand tradition.  They are charging admission."

Hmmm, kind of a disappointing headline, but read on - sounds like there is going to some newly released material.  From The Bookseller: "Confirmed: J K Rowling to sell Harry Potter e-books exclusively from Pottermore website".

Amazon released its, "Essential Books for Young Adults".  It's a very, very good list!

This was a really sweet blog post from The Gaurdan: "Growing up with the Carnegie medal".

The authors behind Diversity in YA Fiction announced their "Diversify Your Summer Reading Challenge!" A great post with suggestions for everyone, from librarians to bloggers - check it out!

I really love this beautifully written post by author Malinda Lo, "A message to my adult readers".  

Some excellent points and relevant commentary raised by Channing Kennedy at Color Lines: "Will 50 Cent’s New Anti-Bullying Book Undo His Homophobic Past?" 

Well, don't I just love this?  From Entertainment Weekly: "'The Hunger Games': A doubter finally dives in" 

I tweeted this yesterday, but this article really ticked me off, so I am sharing it here, too.  From The Slate: "Writing Young-Adult Fiction: It's better than going to the prom".  I think it's just a wee bit condescending in tone, and frankly, they refer to 'slutty werewolves' in Twilight.  Have they even read it?!  NOT ONE PERSON is a slut in Twilight.  Even when I wanted them to be, damnmit!  And NOW I am sticking up for Twilight!  Hate this article!

News via Shelf Awareness

Flavorwire released their two cents on, "Books Every College-Bound Student Should Read". 

Very cool tumblr account: Awesome People Reading

 Hilarious!  And very blunt  And probably true.  From Gawker, "Book Store Owners Are Onto You, Cheapskates".

Cover Reveal

Kirsten Hubbard, author of the amazingly good Like Mandarin, revealed the cover for her upcoming novel!  Wanderlove, which will be released on 03.13.2012 - check out her post at YA Highway for more (and she does promise more, and SOON)!

Awards Announced 

The winner of the Carnegie Medal has been announced, and the winner accepted with a statement.  From The Guardian: "Patrick Ness accepts Carnegie medal with fierce defence of libraries: Receiving the honour for Monsters of Men, the author launches a passionate attack on library closures".  Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking series, of which Monsters of Men is the third installment.


The shortlist for the The Desmond Elliott Prize 2011 was announced today in the UK.  The prize is recognizes, "a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.."  The shortlisted nominees are as
This is nothing new, but I missed it the first time around.  Back in March, the Romance Writers of America announced the 2011 RITA® Award finalists.  I wanted to put it in here as the winner will be announced July 1st.  The RITA® nominees in the Young Adult Romance category are:

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Annette Pollert, editor)
     The Clearing by Heather Davis (Houghton Mifflin Graphia; Julie Tibbott, editor)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Karen Wojtyla, editor)
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic; Cheryl Klein, editor)
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Walker Publishing; Emily Easton, editor)
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire; Deb Werksman)

***Please note that there is also a Young Adult category for the Golden Heart Award, as well, which goes to the best submitted, unpublished manuscript.


  1. Yeah, the big deal with Pottermore isn't so much the release of the eBooks, it's the free online interactive reading experience that has never been done before for a book series. Plus Jo is going to release over 18,000 words (only a third of what she has written so far) of additional information from the series that she has been keeping to herself over the years (she may never write the Encyclopedia). It's incredibly, very exciting!

  2. Wow, what a big week in books! I definitely agree with the Amazon YA list - there are some phenomenal books on there. And Pottermore...yeah, I'm just too pumped for words :)

  3. @Savy hope you enjoy them - they are great!

    @Aylee - I agree. I wish the headline had been different, because HP on e-book isn't really a big deal for those of us who read HP throughout the years as each book came out. The **BIG** news is the interactive reading - THAT should have been the headline. When I first read the header, I felt disappointed and little cheated. People who only read headline might feel the same way.

    @Tara That list is killer - no doubt.


  4. Anyone who would dub themselves as "literary predators" doesn't have to worry about being a creeper later in life, they have already accomplished it!

    Off to check the rest of the links. Thanks Linds.

    How do you find this stuff?

  5. Linds-

    I have been thoroughly entertained, horrified and worried throughout all these articles. I thought you said this took too much of your time??? I so appreciate this though. I would not be in the know without it. I clicked through on the Bookstore Owners are onto you Cheapskates, to the article on Gessen and then another article and it was hysterical. So, even your links have links that are news worthy!!

    Thanks for all your effort!


  6. @Missie - I got a good idea, what can I saw. Or google has a good eye, yeah, that's it. Maybe ***muttermuttermutter**

    @Heather - okay, you caught me - it's not a 'time' thing; it's a 'time management' thing. Which I am horrid at. So doing these more frequently helps me 'keep up' and keep time. Plus, I no longer include reviews of note, which I liked to do, but took a while to format - just wanted a clean break, you know?

    Glad you enjoy them, though!


  7. Oh man.I don't think I can read that article about YA fiction, I'm getting pissed just by your brief reference to it and the "slutty werewolves" of Twilight. What?! Please be smarter before you write and article and put it on the internet:) Definitely going to check out the list of essential YA books though, thanks Linds!

  8. The cover for Wanderlove is beautiful. I am off to check out some of those articles.

  9. Terrific update! Lots of these were articles I hadn't seen (which I wish was the case with the Slate article, blech), so I appreciate the roundup as usual. :)

  10. how did i not know about the carnegie earlier?! Thank you so much for this post!!! Totally just squealed and read that article -- brilliant. and the Wonderlove cover is so gorgeous!