Nov 25 2009

Well, *I* would pay to see it.

While looking up Jane Austen stuff surrounding the New York exhibition, I noticed that Lady Susan is being adapted by playwright Lucy Prebble (best known as the creator of the Secret Diary of a Ca...

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Nov 24 2009

Time for a second mortgage?

TODAY is reporting that several famous children's books from the collection of U.S. professional football player Pat McInally are going up for auction next month, including a copy of Through the L...

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Nov 24 2009

Adios, allowance.

I've never approved of Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi's Spiderwick Chronicles. At $10.99 per (short and v. unsatisfying) book, the series has always seemed like a total money sink. But when I saw...

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Nov 23 2009

Jane Austen's Real! Live! Stuff!

The Morgan Library & Museum is currently holding a Jane Austen exhibit featuring "more than 100 works, including her manuscripts, personal letters, and related materials". They've got letters bot...

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Nov 23 2009

If money is no object...

...or you're just a really, really, really big Robert Crais fan*, you can buy a special limited edition copy of his upcoming novel The First Rule from The Mysterious Bookshop in New York. You can ...

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Nov 20 2009

When classics collide

I was listening to my local NPR affliate a few days ago and caught the tail end of an interview with Paul Constant, book editor for The Stranger. Mr. Constant was on KUOW to talk about three rece...

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Nov 19 2009

I. Am. Appalled.

No, seriously.I was poking around my local Barnes and Noble last night, and I ran across this:My first reaction was a snicker. I mean, thank goodness Emily Bronte's novel has finally been approved...

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Nov 19 2009

Nearly there...

Kelley Armstrong has posted the first three chapters of her upcoming young adult novel The Reckoning (the third and final book in her "Darkest Powers" trilogy) on her site. Interested parties sho...

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Nov 18 2009

Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund is the author of both the "Secret Society Girl" series and the YA horror/fantasy novel Rampant, one of our Featured Book titles. Note: While you should, as always, check out Ms....

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Nov 18 2009

Rampant, by Diana Peterfreund

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The idea of carnivorous unicorns ranks pretty high on both the kitsch-o-meter and parody scale, but Diana Peterfreund's novel Rampant is neither. Instead, this surprising young adult book is...

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Nov 18 2009

Nothing but good times ahead

What's this? Why, it's the cover art and plot description for the upcoming "companion novel" to Carrie Ryan's zombies-and-evil-nuns extravaganza The Forest of Hands and Teeth! Behold:Gabry lives a...

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Nov 18 2009

James Patterson fans take note:

Yen Press announced their plans last week to adapt the first three novels in James Patterson's Daniel X series into a manga/manhwa-style trade paperback. Yen's adaptation will feature artwork by K...

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Nov 17 2009

Buffy lives again (some more)

There are semi-plausible rumors floating around that Joss Whedon's comic book version of the eighth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer might get turned into a web-based animated series. No idea ho...

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Nov 17 2009

The darker side of Ikea?

Salon recently posted a very interesting Spiegel article about a tell-all book by Johan Stenebo, a former Ikea bigwig with quite the axe to grind. Sadly, I don't read Swedish and I have no idea ho...

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Nov 16 2009

Killer unicorns

Megan has been nagging me to read Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl books for about a year now, and I keep forgetting 'em when it comes time to read something that's not for the site. But th...

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Nov 16 2009

Seducing Atticus Finch

Even reading Lemondrop's list of the top 15 Literary Characters We'd Totally Sleep With makes me uncomfortable. I mean, where to begin? The fact that they picked Macbeth as their #2 jumpee, or t...

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Nov 11 2009

Kimi wa Petto 3.0

Turns out they're making a K-drama version of one of my favorite manga titles of all time, Yayoi Ogawa's Kimi wa Petto, and it's starring Kim Hyun-joong, the gorgeous but wooden musician-turned-ac...

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Nov 10 2009

So very, very wrong.

Oh, for the love of... Variety informs me that the Disney Channel is planning a Harriet the Spy made-for-TV movie. Unfortunately, they've made some changes: the new version has Harriet as "a movie...

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Nov 9 2009

Scholastic Book Fairs: the good, the bad, the ugly

A few weeks ago, my mother agreed to run a Scholastic Book Fair for a local school. Unfortunately, she forgot that she was going to be traveling for the first three days of the week-long-fair... w...

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Nov 6 2009

Books for girls

People are all up in arms over the fact that Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2009" list features no female authors. I'd care, but I'm too busy shaking my head over the fact that they've got "be...

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Nov 5 2009

Coming Soon

The book cover and publisher's description for The Inside Story, the eighth Sisters Grimm book, are out. Behold:"After the shocking ending of The Everafter War, this book picks up with Sabrina, Da...

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Nov 5 2009

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Yes, dear readers. They're really making a Berenstain Bears movie.Now I usually object to the idea of turning 30-page-long kid classics into 2-hour-long movies... but I have to admit it: I spent ...

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Nov 4 2009

Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell is an English novelist based in Bristol. We've featured two of her gleefully silly romantic comedies on the site: An Offer You Can't Refuse on the blog, and Millie's Fling as one of ...

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Nov 4 2009

Millie's Fling, by Jill Mansell

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British author Jill Mansell never takes herself too seriously, and we here at Wordcandy are grateful for it. Her latest effort, Millie's Fling, is classic Mansell: sweet, sunny, and cheerful...

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Nov 4 2009

Et tu, Del Rey?

Following in the (already tired) footsteps of Quirk's Jane Austen/horror story mash-ups, Del Rey has made plans to publish a book called Little Women and Werewolves.Now, I'm not much of a Little W...

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Nov 4 2009

Sense and Sensibility wears Prada!

Is it wrong that I fully intend to see this movie? I mean, I spend all this time complaining about bad Austen adaptations, but I never seem to learn.

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Nov 3 2009

Nuttier than a fruitcake, but...

Slate writer Johann Hari recently wrote an article about two Ayn Rand biographies—Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns and Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Heller. Despite describing the...

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Nov 3 2009

Out and about

The AP Wire recently posted a story about a dude named Walter Skold, an amateur poet and the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. (Their tagline: "We dig dead poets... you dig?") Mr. Skol...

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Nov 2 2009

Inquiring minds

Is it just me, or have cookbooks gotten crazy expensive lately? Or were they always crazy expensive, and I just never bought cookbooks and therefore didn't notice? Because I was all set to buy a c...

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Nov 2 2009

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon), by Richard Polsky

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In early 2005, art dealer Richard Polsky decided to sell a small Andy Warhol "Fright Wig" painting for $375,000. The sale originally seemed like a success, but Polsky had misjudged his moment, bad...

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