New Books and Movies:
Kate Milford, she who wrote The Boneshaker (one of my favorite books of all time), revealed the cover for her newest book, The Broken Lands, in February and I somehow missed it!! It is once again designed by the very talented Andrea Offerman, and it couldn't be more beautiful! The Broken Lands is set to be released in September of 2012.
- Speaking of new titles, we finally know the title for JK Rowling's new adult project: Lairs of Lady Po. Click here for a peak at the cover. (via MuggleNet)
Edited to add: MuggleNet must have jumped the gun, the official news now is that her new book will be titled The Casual Vacancy and will be published worldwide on 27th September. She has a new website here. (via The Bookseller)
- Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall is set to be produced by John Shestack (Dan in Real Life) and directed by Ginna Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees). This could be good. (via Holywood Reporter)
Reading in the News:
- Lifehacker's article describing the differences in how we remember things we have read digitally differs from what we read in physical form makes complete sense! I have to make way more notes for my reviews while reading on my nook than when I have a book in front of me. The short of it: Read a Physical Book When You Really Need to Remember Something.
Eleanor Barkhorn of The Atlantic wrote a great article on Why the Kindle Won't Kill Romance. I can see where this fear comes in: the very first conversations and gifts exchanged between my husband and I were all about books and music. Anne McCaffery, Jack London, James Taylor and The Doors all played a part in the early part of our romance. I see Barkhorn's point, but I think it ignores the randomness of seeing a stranger reading your favorite book or listening to your favorite band which then prompts you to speak. To see someone's digital preferences, usually you must already know them.
- Yet again, someone is telling people why books in a genre that they have not read are universally unworthy of being read by mature adults. Joel Stein, pretentious and self aggrandizing columnist for Time magazine wrote this article for The New York Times in which he equates reading young adult literature to publicly watching pornography. Excellent responses to this tripe abound, but I particularly liked this response from Erin Bow.
- The New York Times also had this feel-good piece about children who are 'published authors' that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. I particularly liked Maureen Johnson's response. My favorite part?
Likewise, if you pay to publish a book, you have paid to publish a book. Yes, it exists and is published … by you. Which is fine. It’s not a crime or anything. It might even be a good thing in some cases! But in the case of kids, I think it gives the message that they are now published authors, when in fact what they are are kids with generous parents who paid to have their work printed. Many of the kids in this piece are saying, “You can do anything if you put your mind to it!” When in fact, the lesson is, “You can do anything if your parents pay for it!” Which isn’t much of a helpful lesson.
Changing the World Through Reading:
- YA Highway did an interview with Brad Wirz of GoneReading. GoneReading is an online store whose profits are donated to libraries and reading programs around the world (and that's 100% of the profits). Check them out at www.gonereading.com.
- From Shelf Awareness: Worldreader, an American nonprofit literacy agency, has beta-launched an app for non-smartphones with the goal of distributing free e-books into sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world.
- On the other side of the spectrum, it seems, is Amazon. This article from The Seattle Times describes how Amazon is a virtual no-show in hometown philanthropy. It is very disheartening to see such a large company with such wide reach do so little.
- 67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10. I can get behind almost all of these recommendations (though I would have added more that aren't included.)
- 10 Harry Potter Characters Scarier Than Voldemort. OH MY GOODNESS, YES! to Dolores Umbridge. I think she may be the scariest fictional character I have ever encountered, not just from the Harry Potter books!
- This list of What Google Image Search Thinks About Famous Authors from Flavorwire was occasionally funny and also wtf?!
- 6 Popular Children's Books That Teach Kids Horrible Lessons. Some of these books are truly appalling, but Marc Brown's Arthur's Nose takes the cake. In light of Marc Brown's original book, Arthur's changes over time are truly ironic.