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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May 17 2011

Tighter, by Adele Griffin

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I have always loved Henry James's 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. When it comes to classic horror, this masterpiece of subtle, uncanny creepiness is the gold standard. Tighter, Adele Gr...

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May 17 2011

Tempest in a Barnes and Noble teapot

According to Jezebel, Barnes and Noble has decided to censor the latest issue of Dossier magazine, lest readers mistake the cover image—featuring the nude torso of androgynous male model Andrej Pe...

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May 16 2011

Borders trying the "everything but the kitchen sink" approach?

Publishers Weekly has done another post on the rumors surrounding the current state of the troubled Borders chain. According to their most recent information, some of the bookstores may be sold (...

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May 16 2011

And who doesn't love free nail polish?

If you're going to be in Southern California in early June, you might want to add the various promotional events for the Go Fug Yourself ladies' upcoming YA book Spoiled to your day planner. In a...

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May 12 2011

Watchponies

Someone has done a really, really good job mashing together last spring's Watchmen movie adaptation with the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon.

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May 12 2011

Wonder Woman: DOA?

Did David Kelley's oft-altered Wonder Woman reboot fail to make the cut at NBC? Variety thinks so. Too bad, because I hear the writers had toned down all the Ally McBeal-style fluttering and uppe...

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May 11 2011

Flight: Vol. 7, edited by Kazu Kibuishi

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The seventh volume of Flight is another solid installment in Villard Books' series of lavishly illustrated graphic novel anthologies. These sixteen short stories—edited by contributor and art dir...

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May 10 2011

The sex symbols of tomorrow?

I suspect this is one of those trends that are 99% fabrication, but the Washington Post assures me that publishers are bracing for a "flurry" of Navy SEAL-themed romance novels inspired by the dea...

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May 10 2011

Just keep hitting that Refresh button...

Hopefully everyone had a chance to check out Google's homepage yesterday, which featured 16 different "Google Doodle" shout-outs to Roger Hargreaves, the creator of the icon Mr. Men and Little Mis...

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May 9 2011

Eat like a superhero

Whoa: somebody from the site Branded in the 80s dug up a copy of DC Comics' Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook, a mini cookbook that appeared in the July 1981 issue of Woman's Day. Doesn't the m...

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May 9 2011

Pride and Prejudice: A Musical

I'm told that the first production of the Pride and Prejudice musical in Washington State is currently running at a high school about an hour away from my house. I'm not sure I'll have a chance t...

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May 6 2011

Clearly, Jason Momoa isn't worried about typecasting.

The first full-length trailer for the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian came out yesterday, and I'm almost impressed by how silly it looks. I've watched this sucker twice, and I still see absolu...

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May 4 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011

Mark your calendars, dear readers: this Saturday, May 7th, is Free Comic Book Day!

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May 3 2011

Who could eat one of the Wee Free Men?

Cake Wrecks celebrated last month's National Library Week with a collection of absolutely gorgeous book-inspired cakes, including Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, and Beatrix Potter...

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May 3 2011

The new-old version of Dorian Gray

The Barnes and Noble Review has posted an article about the recent re-release of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's novella was originally published in a heavily-edited form in a m...

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May 2 2011

Doodling for a better planet

Publishers Weekly has an article up about the authors and illustrators involved in May 12th's National Doodle Day. Daniel Pinkwater, Neil Gaiman, Eric Carle, Mo Willems, and Jon Scizezka are amon...

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May 2 2011

Become Someone Else

Check out one of the posters from the "Become Someone Else" ad campaign for Mint Vinetu (a used book store in Lithuania), and admire the complete line of posters over at Buzzfeed. Pretty great, huh?

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May 1 2011

Caitlin Kittredge

Caitlin Kittredge is the author of The Iron Thorn, one of our Featured Books and the first title in a new steampunk/horror series aimed at teens. I had significant complaints about The Iron Thorn...

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May 1 2011

The Iron Thorn, by Caitlin Kittredge

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The Iron Thorn might be Caitlin Kittredge's first book for young readers, but she's sticking to her roots. According to her author bio, she likes writing about "bad things [happening] to per...

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Apr 29 2011

After The Last Stand, there's nowhere to go but up, right?

I don't know why the full-length trailer for this summer's X-Men: First Class looks so low-budget (although it probably has something to do with January Jones's "diamond form" look), or when James...

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Apr 27 2011

Yes, it's real.

This came to our attention via the Horn Book Blog, and we're assured it's an actual book.

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Apr 26 2011

No consideration for my poor nerves

Alas, dear readers, I am not feeling optimistic about ANY of the books I have been patiently awaiting:Jennifer Crusie's Liz Danger series is allegedly still coming out this summer, but none of the...

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Apr 26 2011

Boys gone Wilde

Uh. So the cast of the current revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of being Earnest are promoting the show by doing Wilde-esque readings of Jersey Shore transcripts:...yep. That happened.

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Apr 25 2011

Eating Peter Rabbit

And the award for grossest-looking book tie-in I've seen for some time goes to these Peter Rabbit Gummy Candies, reviewed by the always-fascinating Candy Blog:They look repulsive, and that was bef...

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Apr 25 2011

Deplorable

AustenBlog informs me there's another Sense and Sensibility update in the works, this one apparently destined for TV Movie-of-the-Week status. The whole production looks pretty bad, but I was par...

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Apr 22 2011

I'm told this builds character.

As you all know, we here at Wordcandy love Kiyohiko Azuma's manga Yotsuba&! with the fire of a thousand suns. So imagine our chagrin when we discovered that the series' current U.S. publisher (Ye...

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Apr 21 2011

Getting out the vote

According to The Comics Beat, you can check out Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s Eisner Award-nominated comic book Afrodisiac for free. The book is currently between printings, so its publisher has po...

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