BOOK RIOT

Apr 11

mittenstrings140plus:

In honour of the wonderful Sue Townsend, I’ll be hosting a reread of the Adrian Mole books, beginning with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4, starting here on my Tumblr on Saturday.
I do hope you’ll join me, whether you’ve read the books before or not. (If you haven’t, I’m genuinely jealous. You’re in for such a good time.)
Please feel free to reblog this if you’re interested. It’ll be fun to catch up with fellow Sue Townsend fans as we mourn her death and, far more importantly, celebrate her life and work.
So spend Friday tracking down your copy of THE SECRET DIARY or bugging your librarian for one, and I’ll meet you back here Saturday.

(Re)discover Sue Townsend!

mittenstrings140plus:

In honour of the wonderful Sue Townsend, I’ll be hosting a reread of the Adrian Mole books, beginning with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4, starting here on my Tumblr on Saturday.

I do hope you’ll join me, whether you’ve read the books before or not. (If you haven’t, I’m genuinely jealous. You’re in for such a good time.)

Please feel free to reblog this if you’re interested. It’ll be fun to catch up with fellow Sue Townsend fans as we mourn her death and, far more importantly, celebrate her life and work.

So spend Friday tracking down your copy of THE SECRET DIARY or bugging your librarian for one, and I’ll meet you back here Saturday.

(Re)discover Sue Townsend!

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The List List #101

Our weekly round-up of the best bookish lists floating around the internet.

at Stacked, 2014 YA Novels in Verse

at Elle, 12 Great Female Authors Recommend Their 40 Favorite Female Authors

at Huffington Post Books, 17 Incredible Epigraphs That Prove You Should Always Read the First Page

at School Library Journal, Poetry Audiobooks

at TIME, 8 Young Adult Books That Should Be Movies (And Who Should Star in Them)

at Flavorwire, 50 Essential Poetry Books

at Biographile, 5 Memoirs for Hikers, Bikers, and Adventure Seekers

at Wired, The 5 Comics You Have to Read This Month

at Merriam-Webster, Top 10 Words to Win at Scrabble

at Word & Film, 9 Big Movies Based on Short Stories

at Gawker, 10 Distinctive American Libraries That Give Books a Good Home

Critical Linking: April 11, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

Big wheel keeps on turning.

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Your reviewer writes, “Claire Bloom, after her divorce from Philip Roth, said Updike’s negative review of Mr. Roth’s ‘Operation Shylock’ (1993) so distressed Mr. Roth that he checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.”

For the record, in the weeks and months immediately after Updike’s March 15, 1993, review of “Operation Shylock” in The New Yorker, I was teaching two classes in literature at Hunter College, giving readings from my book “Patrimony” in Lansing, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cambridge, South Orange and at the New York “Y,” and completing work on the first chapters of “Sabbath’s Theater.”

Boooooooom.

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A month after turning to fans for the first time to propose a new word for its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Hasbro revealed the winner: geocache.

Good choice.

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In terms of the canon, 81% of respondents claimed they’d read “Pride and Prejudice” and 73% “Moby-Dick” — but only 29% had taken on David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” (However, 40% admitted that they’d lied about reading “Infinite Jest.” Even authors experience peer pressure.)

Even pro writers lie about reading Infinite Jest. A lot of them.

Apr 10

slaughterhouse90210:

“The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” ―Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

#sixseasonsandamovie

slaughterhouse90210:

“The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” 
―Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

#sixseasonsandamovie

Critical Linking: April 10, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Before Game of Thrones, no one named babies “Khaleesi.” In 2012, it beat the name ”Betsy.”

Also, Draco has seen a real surge in popularity. Life imitating art.

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What is particularly sad about this state of affairs is that the literary world and the video games world could greatly benefit each other. Even a conversation, let alone the beginning of real collaborations and dialogues, would help each contend with their respective shortcomings.

Compelling argument for more interplay between books and video games.

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It is being billed as the most comprehensive visual survey of American libraries ever published. Since 1994 Robert Dawson has been photographing the public libraries of America. Over the years he has traveled to 48 states and imaged hundreds of them.

What an incredible project.

Apr 09

A Response to BookRiot's "The Great TBR Poll" -

openroadmedia:

We loved Book Riot’s "The Great TBR Poll" so much that we asked the Open Road staff to sort through their shelves and e-readers and share a bit about themselves. The results varied from how many books are on their TBR lists to where they’re kept, but one thing remained the same: the Open Road…

Think you know what a publishing office’s TBR habits would be like? Check out the numbers!

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Critical Linking: April 9, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Carrie, Stephen King’s first novel, published on April 5, 1974. Gilbert Cruz spoke to actor, comedian, and King fan Patton Oswalt for this as-told-to piece.

Patton Oswalt is on the Mt. Rushmore of celebrity geeks, right?

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Top 10 Words to Win at Scrabble

The #1 word on this list is “qi” and is apparently the single most played word in Scrabble games.

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Publisher Jeremy Trevathan acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Barbara Follett at the Follett Office, with the novels being published over nine years from 2017. The first of the three books will be a sequel to 1989-published The Pillars of the Earth, set in the world of Tudor espionage in Kingsbridge. The second and third books will be “sweeping historical epics”.

The working title for this probably isn’t “Let’s Build Another Cathedral!” but it should be.

Apr 08

15 years of SPEAK: An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson -

On “resilience literature,” the evolution of YA, gender, “John Greenification,” and more.