Oct 28 2009

Would-be writers take note!

Any budding YA writers out there?If any of you are harboring dreams of becoming the Next Big Thing in young adult publishing, you need to check out NaNoWriMo.org's current contest: aspiring author...

More »

Oct 27 2009

Appropriately sad-sack

So I was poking around on the British Amazon site to see if they had a concrete release date for Catherine Jinks's Genius Wars (they do: October 2010), and I happened upon the English cover for Ji...

More »

Oct 27 2009

Tempting... but not tempting enough

Barnes & Noble is throwing its hat into the e-book ring with the Nook, a $259 reader with a 7.7 inch screen. It is the first color reader, features 3G Wireless and Wi-Fi, and will work with either...

More »

Oct 26 2009

Strolling with Lovecraft

ApartmentTherapy recently did a very Halloween-friendly post about a H.P. Lovecraft-themed walking tour in Providence’s College Hill, which includes many of the houses featured in his horror stori...

More »

Oct 26 2009

Covering up the evidence

If you've got some less-than-lovely books in your life, you might want to pick up one of Book City Jackets' Artist Edition book cover sets ($12 for a set of three). And even if you don't care abou...

More »

Oct 25 2009

Anne Akers Johnson

Anne Akers Johnson is one of the stable of authors who contribute to the Klutz series of how-to books. We're not sure how much of this is written by her personally and how much is produced by com...

More »

Oct 25 2009

The Natural Beauty Book, by Anne Akers Johnson

2009-10-25-the-natural-beauty-book-by-anne-akers-johnson

We here at Wordcandy love Klutz books. This line of easy-to-follow, intelligently packaged how-to books has been breaking down a variety of kid-friendly subjects—everything from simple embro...

More »

Oct 23 2009

Seems like a stretch

NPR's "All Things Considered" featured an interview and Q-and-A session with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney yesterday. Both were fun, but I was even more interested in the interview that ...

More »

Oct 22 2009

I'm With Stupid

Actress Judy Greer is starring in an in-development comedy for ABC based on the novel I'm With Stupid by Elaine Szewczyk. According to BuzzSugar, the show will "focus on Manhattanite Kas Sienkiewi...

More »

Oct 22 2009

Jane Eyre: the movie

According to ComingSoon.net, Cary Fukunaga is in "advanced negotiations" to direct a film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The film, which features a script by Moira Buffini, will "pla...

More »

Oct 21 2009

Hard times

Seattle's Elliot Bay Book Co., an iconic bookseller located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square District, has been sufficiently hard-hit by the recession to be considering a move. While I'm glad ...

More »

Oct 20 2009

Hard-to-find horror

I've been trying to hunt down a copy of Robert Bloch's Psycho, the novel that inspired the Hitchcock movie of the same name. I'm not about to pay $25 for this edition (seriously, are they insane?)...

More »

Oct 20 2009

Austen done wrong

The AustenBlog readers are still giving the recent BBC adaptation of Emma an overwhelming thumbs-down, and while I'm sorry to hear the show is so sucky I've been enjoying their complaints, which r...

More »

Oct 19 2009

New-old Jennifer Crusie

I've always been curious about Jennifer Crusie's long-out-of-print early novel The Cinderella Deal, and it's finally being reprinted (with, sadly, a luridly pink-orange cover). Crusie has said thi...

More »

Oct 19 2009

Maudlin with a side of sap

I can't stand Nicholas Sparks's books, and therefore have never seen any of the film adaptations of his novels. (I've always suspected that his stuff would have received far fewer accolades if it ...

More »

Oct 16 2009

Hardcore Heyer fans take note...

The fine people at Georgette-Heyer.com have posted 9 YouTube links to the 1950 film version of Heyer's novel The Reluctant Widow. They can't find all of it (apparently it ends a little prematurely...

More »

Oct 15 2009

The Man speaks

As a (woefully underpaid) Internet writer, I've been trying to understand the blogging-related changes the Federal Trade Commission announced last week regarding its "Guides Concerning the Use of ...

More »

Oct 14 2009

Money would be no object

How much are plane tickets to Rhode Island? Because I totally have to go here:[via ApartmentTherapy]

More »

Oct 14 2009

The Tripods on the big screen?

According to Cinematical, director Alex Proyas's next project might be a three-film adaptation of John Christopher's Tripods series--a trilogy near and dear to our hearts. A screenplay for the fir...

More »

Oct 13 2009

A high-end store sinks to new lows

I cannot believe this: Nordstrom is producing a line of Twilight-inspired clothing. Sure, we'd all expect this from stores like Hot Topic, Wet Seal, and the more cost-conscious department stores (...

More »

Oct 13 2009

All good things

heaves a happy sighWell, dear readers, Nodame Cantabile, one of my all-time favorite manga series, has finally come to an end. It took eight years and a 136 chapters (and I'm holding out hope f...

More »

Oct 12 2009

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the excellent YA novel The Splendor Falls (which we loved, and chose as one of our Featured Book titles), and the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series (which ...

More »

Oct 12 2009

The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

2009-10-12-the-splendor-falls-by-rosemary-clement-moore

One of my least favorite romantic clichés is the Relentlessly Average Heroine. Teen literature is full of these girls: boring, hapless “heroines” whose appeal is limited to some passive attr...

More »

Oct 12 2009

Meg Cabot loves Maud Hart Lovelace, too.

(As all thinking women should.)And speaking of those awesome Betsy-Tacy reprints, Meg Cabot recently gave the series a really nice shout-out in the Wall Street Journal.

More »

Oct 12 2009

An artist's canvas (shoes)

Wow. Handpainted converse with the Twilight actors on 'em, costing $125? Will this particular cottage industry ever bottom out? [Via my new favorite site: Regretsy]

More »

Oct 9 2009

Literary tone-deafness

I usually like Salon, but sometimes their stuff irritates the hell out of me. Take this recent article on Lise Haines’ new novel Girl in the Arena, which kicks off with the following lines:"Girl i...

More »

Oct 8 2009

The ladies love him...

The New York Times asks: Is Archie Andrews a bigamist? I ask: who cares?

More »

Oct 8 2009

Emma's reviews are in

And they're not pretty. AustenBlog readers have weighed in on the first episode (of four) of the most recent TV adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, and they're tossing around phrases like "huge disa...

More »

Oct 7 2009

Head's up

Just a reminder, dear readers:...comes out next Tuesday, and I am so crazy stoked.

More »

Oct 6 2009

Judy Blume overshares

...at least, we expect the friend she mentions in her response to the Deenie question in this otherwise excellent interview thinks so. That's the kind of anecdote that probably should have remaine...

More »