In Leawood, KS, a 9-year-old was forced to remove the Little Free Library he built in his family’s front yard because it’s considered an “illegal detached structure.” After he takes the issue to the city council next month, he may be allowed to return the library to its original location, but in the meantime he has rebuilt the library in the garage....more
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Amazon and Hachette Book Group have been locked in an epic battle over e-book pricing since early May. Amazon began by delaying shipments of Hachette books and then escalated to removing Hachette titles from the site entirely.
The leader of this rebellion is Hachette executive Michael Pietsch, once responsible for discovering and editing a little book titled Infinite Jest....more
April Fools and the beginning of National Poetry Month? Seems like a killer day to us!
[April 1] marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America’s poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world....more
Jacket Copy spoke with Tahereh Mafi about Shatter Me, the first book in her young-adult trilogy. Mafi discusses how the idea for the main character’s “girl-with-the-lethal-touch” idea arose and whether there are similarities between the character and herself:
“She kills people when she touches them....more
“Tables were piled high with once-banned books as political hopefuls, returning expats and intellectuals gathered to celebrate the unbanning.”
On Monday, Libya celebrated the removal of censorship laws with a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Tripoli. Unbanned books included Arablic translated versions of “The Secret Life of Saddam Hussein,” “The CIA Files of Arab Rulers” and “Sex in the Arab World.”...more
“That was when I knew what I wanted to do was create these archetypal female characters — the slut, the good girl, the bad mother, the party girl, all these women we think we know — and subvert the reader’s expectations of who they were....more
“Juster was an architect who’d written a book that didn’t fit the mold of children’s books at the time — its puns were too sophisticated, the vocabulary was too difficult, and there was that whiff of political metaphor. What’s more, Juster was told “fantasy was bad for children because it disorients them,” he said.”
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Phantom Tollbooth.” At the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, the book’s author, Norton Juster, and illustrator Jules Feiffer discussed their collaborative process....more
The publisher Tor/Forge and NASA will collaborate on the creation of “science-based science fiction.” The budding relationship will allow writers to consult scientists about the facts behind their stories.
“GSFC’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office will host a select group of Tor/Forge authors — some of whom already write science based fiction — to learn more about science and space exploration....more
What more appropriate list could possibly come out of LA than books to read during gridlock?
Especially an LA impending traffic crisis? This Friday marks Carmaggedon, which is the kind of catastrophe you know about ahead of time, specifically one in which “all lanes and ramps of the northbound 405 Freeway, along the 10-mile section between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway, will be closed.” Here is a list of books that will make time spent in gridlock seem less awful....more
As a reader, I love this. As a writer, I am terrified.
Via the always excellent Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is creating a new web site, FSG Work In Progress, that presents conversations with authors while their books are still being written....more
How’s this for a definition of novella: “a novella, I think, looks through the narrow lens of a short story, and with a short story’s intense focus, at a small, precise part of the world, but it treats what’s within that lens with a novel’s generosity and care.”...more
“JC: Though the book also has elements of horror, like Stephen King, it reads very differently than a Stephen King novel. Do you consider it in the horror genre?
“VLV: It’s my great hope that this book will be considered a horror novel!...more
Blog is a fun word to say, even if I’m tired of hearing other people say it.
Michaelangelo’s poem “When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistene Chapel.” (via)
“Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time!” Jacket Copy has fun with illustrators’ pictures of their favorite literary figures and characters....more
“Sometimes it seems as though poets, in particular, move in an endangered artistic world. Think Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Anne Sexton. And, last month, Rachel Wetzsteon, an accomplished poet who took her own life at age 42.”...more
With the year winding down, the book blogs have been ablaze with your typical speculations about the best of this and that.
But perhaps there are less obvious threads out there if we only knew where to look. . ....more
With newspapers folding and cutting corners all around the country, it’s easy to give up entirely on the fourth estate. But now look who’s riding in on their white horse: those writers you newspaper types wouldn’t give jobs to before because they tried to make their articles all “literary.” Take that, 5 W’s....more
“In the 1930s, Studs Terkel applied to the FBI to be a fingerprint guy — maybe if he’d gotten the job, we would have had “CSI: Studs Terkel.” But the FBI turned him away and in 1945 began surveillance that would last for more than four decades.”...more
There’s no easier way to recruit a legion of mortal enemies than to say something unflattering about the culture of comic books, but I’ve decided that I have nothing to lose today. Well, maybe I have something to lose, because I’m going to hide behind a quote from Tod Goldberg over at Jacket Copy....more
This week, the book blogs are obsessed.
They really, really want to tell you everything about William Vollman and Thomas Pynchon and their new wondrous masterpieces of weird. I love both authors and look forward to reading both books, but this week, the blogs talked so incessantly about them that I will make this roundup a Vollman and Pynchon free zone, with one exception....more
And I’m back! Thanks very much to Michael Berger for filling in for me while I was gone! He did a damn fine job.
Lots has happened over the last few weeks:...more