Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lit News To Note 06.28.2011

General 'This & That' News

The Giver coming to the big screen?!?!?!  From Variety: "Bridges giving 'Giver' another shot".  Okay, if  this happens, is MUST be done right!  Can't mess with a classic, right?

From The Guardian, "How self-publishing came of age".  Subtitle: "What used to be seen as a last resort is fast becoming the most successful trend in writing. Alison Flood talks to the authors doing it themselves".

Did you hear about this, or did it completely sail over my head?  From BookMoot, "SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones". SYNC will be offering two Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week, from June 23 - August 17, 2011.

From USAToday: "Harry Potter e-books plan worries bookstore owners".

Love this blog post from Art Attack, LOVE IT: "5 YA Novels By Rappers and R&B Artists We'd Like to See".  The first pick? "Twilight: Life After Death" by Notorious B.I.G.!  MUHAHAHAHAHA!

Lovely article on this year's Carnegie Medal winner and his books.  From The Independent: "Whole truth for teenagers: Patrick Ness's novels have attracted acclaim, awards - and censure".

From CinemaBlend: "Ben Barnes Replacing Sam Claflin In The Seventh Son," and from Variety: "'Narnia' star Ben Barnes is WB's 'Son'".

Sarah and Kelly over at Stacked presented at the ALA this year and graciously have made their presentation available over at their blog - check it out and leave a word of thanks! "YA Contemporary Lit: The Presentation".

The list of authors and the books they will present is up for Wordstock Festival 2011, which will be held in October in Portland, Oregon. It's an impressive list and includes Scott Westerfeld and Moria Young, just to name a few: "YA & MG Authors at Wordstock Festival 2011".

From the Wisconsin State Journal: "Teen boys have little to choose from, Herbach says".  Primarily an interview with Stupid Fast author Geoff Herbach.

via Shelf Awareness

VERY interesting.  From paidContent.org: "What Shoppers Don’t Realize About Amazon’s Reviews". \

From MTV: "Neil Gaiman Reflects On 'American Gods,' 10 Years Later:Author talks about his 2001 book as a 10th-anniversary edition is released and with a TV show on the way."

From Entertainment Weekly: "'Hobbit' First Look: 3 Pics!"

From Boston.com: "Bookstores forced to turn a page".

From New York Times: "Using E-Books to Sell More Print Versions".

From Publishers Weekly

The creators of the "It Gets Better" campaign spoke at ALA: "Dan Savage Kicks Off ALA with Message of Hope, Inspiration".

On a hot topic at last week's Licensing International Expo: "At Licensing Expo, Digital Was Top of Mind".

On the "this is teen" tour: "Three YA Authors Bring Online to the Real World".

Cover Reveals

The UK cover for Bloodlines by Rachel Meade was released.  I got to say, I'm liking it better than the US cover.  It's less Top Model and more Miami Ink:

The cover for the Winter 2012 release, Everneath, by Brodie Aston was also released:


  1. Oooo definitely going to check out the article about Amazon and their reviews, thanks Linds:) And that cover for Everneath is absolutely gorgeous I think! Can't wait to read that one, I wish 2012 wasn't quite so far away!

  2. Awesome wrap-up. They're making a movie for The Giver? I actually don't think it'll be too bad, I feel as if it's a movie that it'll be hard to mess up because the plot feels like it's movie-friendly... or is i just me :p Oh, and I definitely like the UK bloodlines more.

  3. I swear you always compile the best literary news, girl! SO so so cool! :)

  4. I'm not a fan of the UK Bloodlines cover. Often the UK covers are a lot better than the US ones, but this isn't one of those occasions. The Everneath cover is awesome though.

  5. I don't think Ben Barnes looks right for the role. Luckily Ben Barnes looks right in every other way, so at least there's that :P