Mar 26 2006

Even more Libraries for the Soulless!

The Seattle Times reports that more and more people are using books solely for decorative purposes.From the Pottery Barn catalogue:Well. I am shocked. I mean, with a functional, reader-friendly, p...

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Mar 25 2006

Libraries for the Soulless

If you're in the market for a library, but you just don't have any "suitable" books*, then have we ever found the ideal service for you! Behold: Books by the Foot!Offered by the venerable Strand ...

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Mar 24 2006

A...B...C...D...

While there are many people out there who collect alphabet books I am not really one of them... but I do collect books with great typography. I stumbled upon Bembo's Zoo while once again working ...

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Mar 23 2006

Neil Gaiman Tribute Album!!!

Billboard.com is reporting that Tori Amos will be leading a Neil Gaiman Tribute album.My first thought: ...hee hee heeMy second thought: Hasn't his swelled head already reached, like, critical mass?

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Mar 22 2006

Wordcandy loves Auden's poetry

"The Fall of Rome"The piers are pummelled by the waves;In a lonely field the rainLashes an abandoned train;Outlaws fill the mountain caves.Fantastic grow the evening gowns;Agents of the Fisc pursu...

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Mar 22 2006

Beatrix Potter, Part Two

In further Beatrix Potter movie news, Renee Zellweger has beencast as Miss Potter. Er... okay. Is this some kind of early April Fools' joke that I'm just not getting?

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Mar 21 2006

Buffalo Brenda, by Jill Pinkwater

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No Logo author Naomi Wolf recently published an essay in The New York Times bemoaning the current state of YA literature for girls, specifically mentioning the popular...

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Mar 21 2006

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is one of the most famous pieces of writing in the English language. It is an unfinished novel in verse—Chaucer got down about 17,000 lines before his death in...

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Mar 21 2006

Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was a brilliant novelist, poet and editor. His writings (particularly his most famous poem, 1845’s The Raven) have become such an integral part of our cultural identity that you c...

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Mar 21 2006

Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee is the author of 1992's The Holder of the World. Mukherjee’s novel tells the stories of two women: Beigh Masters, a 20th century “asset hunter” who tracks down historical artifa...

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Mar 21 2006

Gery Greer

Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick are the authors of Max and Me and the Time Machine and its sequel, Max and Me and the Wild West. Greer and Ruddick’s hero is a cheerful, act-in-haste, regret-at-leisure...

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Mar 21 2006

Christopher Durang

Playwright Christopher Durang is best known for his award-winning black comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. I admit, I find large doses of Durang to be rather grating—the man is ...

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Mar 21 2006

Beatrix Potter = dead bunnies

I'm told that there's a movie in the works about the life of Beatrix Potter.I would be more excited about this, but I went to a lecture on the life of Beatrix Potter several years ago, and the spe...

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Mar 21 2006

Hollywood hearts Philip K. Dick

This......becomes this.While some Philip K. Dick purists are convinced that the author is probably spinning in his grave over the casting of poor Keanu, I remain open-minded about this movie. It's...

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Mar 20 2006

Wordcandy's (new and improved) weekly book snippet...

...now with 100% more background information!Excerpt from:The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects, by Michael BuckleyWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:The likable heroines, the clever twi...

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Mar 20 2006

Contests!

I thought I would kick off the week with a list of contests from some of our favorite wordcandy authors. All of these require very little effort, and the best part is that many of of the prizes in...

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Mar 19 2006

Tarzan

Pulp fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs died on this date in 1950 at the age of 74. Burroughs was definitely a product of his times (Richard Slotkin's book Gunfighter Nation features some excell...

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Mar 18 2006

Wordcandy-friendly wall art

If you're in the market for some book-related artwork, check out PODgallery.com's collection of vintage pulp fiction prints:And my personal favorite:

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Mar 17 2006

Really, what household is complete...

...without a Jane Austen action figure to call their own?(Available at Mcphee.com)

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Mar 16 2006

Why, Ms. Krentz? Why?

I decided it was time to do another post on great covers by wordcandy authors. You know-- keeping it positive, recognizing authors who actually care how the outside of their books look.... But the...

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Mar 16 2006

Stephanie Plum!

It looks like we finally have a date for the twelfth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Twelve Sharp will be released June 20th! For those of you who can't wait to see what trouble Stephanie gets ...

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Mar 15 2006

Hollywood doesn't know what to do with Heyer, either.

So, it turns out that there IS actually an American film version of one of Heyer's books. Check out these charming pictures from the 1951 movie "The Reluctant Widow", AKA "The Inheritance":Okay, I...

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Mar 14 2006

Alan Moore + Hollywood = ...meh.

Brace yourselves, gentle readers, there's another Alan Moore film adaptation coming out. Why? Why does Hollywood keep doing this to us? Was From Hell any good? No. Was The League of Extraordina...

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Mar 14 2006

Wordcandy loves the poetry of T.S. Eliot

The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockS'io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno ...

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Mar 13 2006

Wordcandy does NOT love Peyton Place.

From the AP Wire:Sandra Bullock to star in film about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious(AP) - NEW YORK-Sandra Bullock has agreed to star in a film about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious, ...

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Mar 12 2006

Tim Powers

Awarding-winning sci-fi/fantasy writer Tim Powers is the author of The Anubis Gates, one of the few time travel stories that I can honestly say didn’t make my head hurt. The Anubis Gates is a “se...

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Mar 12 2006

Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is the pen name used by the series of authors who have produced the various Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the creations of ...

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Mar 12 2006

Franklin W. Dixon

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by the series of authors who have produced the various Hardy Boys books. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the creations...

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Mar 12 2006

Allen Kurzweil

A former teacher and freelance journalist, Allen Kurzweil is the author of two books for children, Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip, as well as two books for adults, The ...

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Mar 11 2006

Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (and its sequels) feature two ongoing parallel stories: one about a modern-day scholar, and one about the people that she’s researching. T...

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