Jan 31 2011

Encyclopedias for the people

In the ten years of its existence, Wikipedia has posted more than 3.5 million articles in English, but a recent New York Times article pointed out that barely 13 percent of its hundreds of thousan...

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Jan 28 2011

Grim signs

The NY Times has posted another article about the struggles of independent booksellers. The American Booksellers Association just hosted its 6th annual Winter Institute, and the store owners who ...

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Jan 27 2011

The stomach churns

And in far, far more horrifying movie news, when I was looking up Hunger Games director Gary Ross, I found out that his next film (after HG) is apparently going to be a movie adaptation of one of ...

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Jan 27 2011

Coming soon to (every) theater near you...

According to Cinematical, Lionsgate Films has announced a release date for their upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games: March 23, 2012. As far as I know, they have a director ...

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Jan 26 2011

Trendy and cheap!

Budget-minded readers take note: UrbanOutfitters' sale section is currently boasting loads of heavily-discounted and hipster-friendly reading material, including the recent reprints of the first t...

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Jan 25 2011

Classy.

I haven't seen many episodes of the CW's Vampire Diaries, but I was surprised by how much the few I have watched reminded me of mid-90s TV. Thankfully, the female stars of Vampire Diaries wear be...

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Jan 25 2011

Bargain basement goods, still-ridiculous prices

Remember those Anthropologie fake books we were trashing back in September? Well, they were $188, but now they have been marked down to a mere $99.95, which means the price only needs to drop by ...

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Jan 24 2011

Kiss that diet goodbye

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Anthony Hopkins is in talks to star in a film adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Stephen Rebello's 1998 non-fiction book. I'm havin...

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Jan 24 2011

Because a little Gogol goes a long way

NPR aired a story this morning on the Brooklyn Academy of Music's classical theater season, which includes plays by Ibsen, Gogol, and Shakespeare, and features such big-name draws as Fiona Shaw an...

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Jan 21 2011

2011: A Preview

Well, dear readers, it's time* for our annual list of stuff to get excited about in the upcoming year. Here's our list of the ten literary events and releases we're most looking forward to 2011:1...

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Jan 20 2011

Just what the interior designer ordered

The fine people at Bluewater Productions have expanded their booming line of biographical comics to include the affianced pair of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Behold:And just think: if you ...

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Jan 20 2011

What people want to read... when it's free.

TresSugar has provided us with a list of last week's top 10 ten free e-Book downloads, according to Project Gutenberg. I was okay with the fact that I haven't read all ten of these books (particu...

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Jan 19 2011

Seriously, does her publisher hate her?

As longtime Wordcandy readers know, my affection for the books of romance novelist Eloisa James is lukewarm at best. However, I was mildly tempted by her latest series, which apparently blends Re...

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Jan 18 2011

Josh Berk

Josh Berk is a Pennsylvania-based librarian with a professed (and, in our opinion, inexplicable) love of the Hardy Boys mysteries. His debut novel, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, is one of ou...

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Jan 18 2011

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk

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When I opened the package containing Josh Berk's debut novel The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, I assumed it was a book aimed at elementary school students. The colorful cover, the goofy nam...

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Jan 18 2011

What a waste of great cover art.

While poking around my local Target store over the weekend, I ran across the newly-released "motion comic" Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight DVD. I had never heard of the motion comic format...

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Jan 18 2011

This is a gift from fate.

Thank you, GoFugYourself ladies, for introducing me to this, which in turn lead me to this. My week has now been made.

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Jan 12 2011

Show your Judy Blume love!

Random House Audio has kicked off a Judy Blume Journal Contest. Share your favorite Blume-related story or memory online and you'll be entered to win an iPod Touch, iTunes gift card, collection o...

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Jan 11 2011

Price-gouging at Hogwarts

The NY Times recently posted an article about what they describe as the "unexpected, turbocharged success of the $265 million Potter playland" (i.e., Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter th...

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Jan 11 2011

Pride and Prejudice goes R-rated

And speaking of Jane Austen-related pain, check this out:The above is what its publisher describes as a "deliciously naughty updating" of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, making it "the story you lov...

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Jan 10 2011

Win-win

TVLine is reporting that ABC is planning an eight-hour-long television miniseries adaptation of Gregory Maguire's massive hit Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. And as th...

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Jan 10 2011

Sense and sensibility and OH, MY EYES

Ugh, another one?JUST STOP TRYING, HARPER COLLINS. WE'RE NEVER EVER GOING TO CONFUSE JANE AUSTEN AND STEPHENIE MEYER.

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Jan 6 2011

Camelot: now with even more potboiler action!

Arthurian legend fans take note: Starz will be airing a new drama called Camelot, debuting April 1st. This new adaptation will be heavy on the sex, sword-fighting, and magic, and (thankfully) it'...

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Jan 5 2011

Either they're missing something, or I am.

My, my. Publisher New South, Inc. is releasing a new edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn that will remove the bucketload of racial slurs in Huckleberry Finn.New ...

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Jan 4 2011

The Green Lantern flexes for the big screen

I have my doubts about this Green Lantern trailer: It looks seriously hokey, and I've never really been into the whole golden-child appeal of either Blake Lively or Ryan Reynolds. However, my ...

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Jan 3 2011

Three Black Swans, by Caroline B. Cooney

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First cousins Missy and Claire, the heroines of Caroline B. Cooney's latest novel Three Black Swans, are so close they can finish each other's sentences. They also look uncannily similar, so when Missy is assigned a school project on scientific hoaxes, she and Claire successfully trick her classmates into thinking they are long-lost identical twins...

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Jan 3 2011

Finally, a chance for all that Jane Austen fanfic to pay off...

The fine people at The Republic of Pemberley are hosting a writing contest focused on Jane Austen-inspired short stories. If you are an unpublished author of legal age, your Austen-esque story co...

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Dec 30 2010

The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain't Dead, by Keith Knight

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Keith Knight's The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain't Dead is a low-key but consistently entertaining comic strip centered around Knight, an African-American cartoonist and musician living...

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Dec 29 2010

The end of book-browsing as we know it?

The New York Times posted an article last week about the year-end boom in e-reader sales, which some analysts believe will lead to a huge increase in e-book popularity in 2011. Most of the articl...

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Dec 28 2010

Gimme a Call, by Sarah Mlynowski

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I've been following Sarah Mlynowski's career ever since the publication of her first novel: 2001's Milkrun, one of the first offerings from Red Dress Ink, the now-defunct Harlequin...

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