Friday, July 1, 2011

Lit News To Note 07.01.2011

General 'This & That' News

Really enjoyed reading Melissa's thoughts on her ALA experience in her blog Librarian by Day: "Thoughts: Post-ALA".

Young Adult Books Central's new look has been revealed - check it out!  For a quick history of the site, which launched in 1998, visit author Myra McEntire's blog. 

From the New York Times tech pages: "A Gateway to Great Books on Your iPhone".

This is sad news - from The Guardian: "John Llewellyn Rhys prize 'suspended'".

and some good news from The Guardian, as well: "Edinburgh book festival: record levels of interest cause booking chaos".

Ohh, another reason to visit!  From the Chicago Tribune: "Push on to bring nation's first museum for writers to Chicago".

From i09: "Bestselling YA author brings us the world after an alien invasion"  About Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl.

So, I tweeted this yesterday, and the crowd went nuts!  From The Hollywood Reporter: "Drew Barrymore to Produce and Direct Young-Adult Thriller 'Heist Society'"

The producer and composer for The Hunger Games soundtrack have been chosen!  From The Independent: "T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman collaborate on 'The Hunger Games'".

Fun interview with Cinna, ahem, I mean Lenny Kravitz from CNN: "Lenny Kravitz talks new album, 'Hunger Games'".

From the ALA's official magazine, American Libraries: "Interviews with YA Author David Levithan and Activist Jeffrey Nadel".

From "Faber buys "chilling" kids books".

From NPR: "Hooray For YA: Teen Novels For Readers Of All Ages". I don't agree with all of them, but it's nice to see a YA list from a well-respected source.

From The New Yorker's blog, The Book Bench: "Building Towns for Literary Native Sons".

From The "Rowling leaves Christopher Little Agency".

From The Hollywood Reporter: "'Hunger Games': 5 Reasons Why It Should Be at Comic-Con".

I debated on putting this in here, but sigh, I'll list it as it pertains to YA.  Up to you if you would like to take a look-see.  From the Wall Street Journal:  "My 'Reprehensible' Take on Teen Literature".  It's a rebuttal by, yep, you guessed it, Meghan Cox Gurdon. 

via Shelf Awareness

This is some kind of cool poetry love - she goes into thrift stores and sews poems inside the clothes!

From i09, "Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies!"

From The Daily Beast, "Five Favorite Short Reads".  Each book is under 200 pages.

AND, if you haven't had the chance to read about the clustercuss in Cali with online retailers now required to collect sales tax, Amazon pulling its Affiliate Program there, and the consequent reactions, please go here.  The open letter on Danny Sullivan's blog, Daggle, is particularly interesting to read.

via Publishers Weekly

"New Lit Mag to Showcase Emerging YA Writers"

Ohhh, twitter feeds!  "Twitter and Publishing: How the Industry is Faring"

 I had no idea about this one! "The Bugs, the Bugs! Does Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” Really Need a Movie?"

"YA Author John Green to Sign All Preorders of Next Novel"

 "ALA 2011: Photos from the Show"

Award Nominations Announced

The long list for Australia's 2011 Inky Awards were announced (thanks to Nomes at Inkcrush for bringing this to my attention):

(Australian titles)
  • Pigboyby  JC Burke 
  • Good Oil by Laura Buzo 
  • Just a Girl by Jane Caro 
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile by Michelle Cooper 
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (review coming soon)
  • This is Shyness by Leanne Hall 
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick 
  • Silvermay by James Moloney 
  • The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling 
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield 
(International titles)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower by YS Lee
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
  • Violence 101by  Denis Wright

Cover Reveals

The cover for the paperback release of Beth Revis' Across the Universe was released:

Also released was the cover for Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi:

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting was also released:


  1. I'm really excited they're turning The Host into a movie, I loved that book! I know they'll have to cut a ton of stuff though since the book is so long, so that will be disappointing, but I'm excited nonetheless. And such pretty cover releases! Thanks for sharing those Linds, I'd only seen The Last Echo:)

  2. This is the first time I'm seeing that cover for Across the Universe. It's not all sparkly and pretty like the HC, but I like it!

  3. Ha! Great interview with Cinna... errrr. Lenny. Hollywood.. I tell ya. If they all aren't sleeping together then at least their kids get along and leading them to jobs. LOL

    Did you see this?

    Love it!