Jun 21 2011

Moneyball on the big screen

The trailer's out for the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Behold:I have zero interest in baseball, but I support anything that requires ...

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Jun 20 2011

Cool (in a creepy way)

We here at Wordcandy always enjoy a good re-imagined bookcover, but we get a thrill out of fresh takes on classic movie posters, too... particularly when the films in question are based on familia...

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Jun 17 2011

And then the drink takes a drink...

Sadly, this "How To Drink Like Your Favorite Authors" article does not include a "Which author/lush are you?" quiz or drink recipes, but it's a fun read nonetheless.

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Jun 16 2011

The Nine Lives of Chloe King hits Hulu

The first episode of ABC Family's The Nine Lives of Chloe King (based on the YA novel by Celia Thompson) is now available on Hulu. Here's the trailer, which looks entertaining enough, if a little...

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Jun 16 2011

Six days and counting...

For those of you with boatloads of time on your hands this week, you can keep an eye on the YouTube countdown clock to J.K. Rowling's mysterious Harry Potter-Related Big Announcement. It's pretty...

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Jun 14 2011

An insider's look

My mother was absolutely fascinated by the Bernie Madoff scandal, but she's determined to wait until she is 100% certain she's found the most informative and in-depth book about his situation befo...

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Jun 13 2011

American Gods on TV?

I didn't have the stomach to enjoy this book (the thought of the main character's undead wife slowly decomposing body still makes me queasy, and I read the book almost ten years ago), but Neil Gai...

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Jun 13 2011

Here you go, Australia! You're welcome!

The London Evening Standard recently posted a depressing article about the fact that one in five London-area parents are either illiterate or only "functionally literate" (meaning they read at the...

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Jun 9 2011

Eye-catching and delicious!

One more summer reading list and we're done. Here's the Horn Book magazine's list of recommended books for children. Their choices range from picture books to YA novels, and they've convinced me...

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Jun 9 2011

Skip Beat goes live-action

The trailer for the upcoming Taiwanese drama take on the Japanese manga Skip Beat is out:Uh... well, everyone looks pretty (particularly Korean actor Choi Siwon–that man is amazingly good-looking)...

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Jun 8 2011

Get 'em while they're hot

If you're one of the many conflicted fans of both independent booksellers and e-readers, this is your weekend. Unbridled Books has partnered with the American Booksellers Association to promote t...

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Jun 7 2011

That man cannot catch a break.

How did I miss this? There's a graphic novel adaptation of Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand, one of my favorite YA novels ever, and the cover art is (once again) terrible. Seriously, I'...

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Jun 6 2011

Needless to say, we will not be reading the sequel to Precious.

And speaking of summer reading, NPR has been putting together a number of genre-specific recommended reading lists, including crime fiction, cookbooks, and historical novels. Their selections are...

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Jun 6 2011

A word of advice

Lifehacker has put together a helpful guide for How to Create an Awesome Summer Reading List. They offer everything from basic tips ("First, tackle your reading backlog") to DIY-instructions for ...

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Jun 2 2011

Charming!

Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul has announced that there is no female writer whom he considers his equal. He specifically dismisses Jane Austen's claim to literary fame, saying he "couldn...

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Jun 1 2011

Faking It and Fast Women, by Jennifer Crusie

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The fine people at St. Martin's Griffin continue to trot out reprints of Jennifer Crusie's earlier work. Their latest offerings are freshly re-covered editions of 2001's Fast Women and...

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May 31 2011

Dreamy!

Last week, The Beat posted the cover image for Yen Press's upcoming Twilight: The Graphic Novel #2, and it is, frankly, hilarious. Behold:It's possible that Yen will shell out for a print job tha...

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May 31 2011

Cover your eyes, gentle viewers.

There's been all kinds of conspiracy-theory speculation as to whether or not Sony released this "pirated" red band trailer for their upcoming film adaptation of Steig Larsson’s The Girl With the D...

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May 26 2011

Generous millionaires take note:

My birthday is in January.A handwritten and incredibly rare manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons is going up for auction this summer. The manuscript (the only one still in pri...

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May 26 2011

Maggie Stiefvater tries on the one-book format

I've been keeping an eye out for news from BookExpo America, and Publishers Weekly did a nice summary post on the big announcements in YA and children's publishing. There are several titles I'm a...

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May 25 2011

The Little Mermaid gets even creepier

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is planning a film adaptation of Carolyn Turgeon's Mermaid, which is a "dark" retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's (already too dark for my taste) The L...

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May 24 2011

Exposed, by Kimberly Marcus

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Kimberly Marcus's Exposed is a YA novel written entirely in free verse. It's a gimmicky approach, but the poetry format proves to be a perfect fit for this book—it takes a dark, gripping story an...

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May 24 2011

Congratulations, Dr. Lacks.

NPR aired a news story yesterday about an honorary doctorate of public service from Morgan State University posthumously awarded to Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancer cells ha...

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May 23 2011

Get out your magnifying glass and deerstalker

If you're interested in Tighter, the Turn of the Screw modernization by Adele Griffin currently featured on the Wordcandy main site, Ms. Griffin has written an iClue mini-mystery featuring two of ...

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May 23 2011

Happy 100th, NY Public Library

Wow... it sounds like the New York Public Library's 100th Birthday Celebration was epic. Here's hoping everyone lucky enough to attend had a wonderful time, and that the library survives for anot...

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May 20 2011

The CW goes with what works

One more Wordcandy-friendly promo, and then we're done. The CW has debuted the official trailer for The Secret Circle, their upcoming adaptation of L.J. Smith's series about teen witches. (Smith...

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May 19 2011

Oprah she isn't.

NPR posted an article last Monday about TV personality and best-selling author Chelsea Handler, who was recently given her own publishing inprint within Grand Central Publishing. Handler might se...

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May 19 2011

Anyone else seeing Anne of Green Gables with a bow?

Well, Entertainment Weekly has released their May 20th cover image featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. And she looks fine, I suppose, although something about th...

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May 18 2011

Once Upon a Fall Upfront

Fairy tales are clearly hot right now, at least if you're a network TV producer. NBC's Grimm looks straight-up terrible (although I enjoyed the creepiness of the mailman guy). The acting in ABC'...

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May 17 2011

Adele Griffin

Adele Griffin is the author of a number of critically acclaimed YA books, including Tighter, a modernization of Henry James's novella The Turn of the Screw and one of our Featured Books. Ms. Grif...

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