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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Oct 29 2009

Creeptastic

How did I miss this? Apparently, TPTB aired an extended trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland during the Spike Scream Awards, but I couldn't find a decent copy online and it turns out I ha...

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Oct 29 2009

Better than a naughty nurse, right?

Last year we made a list of last-minute, book-inspired Halloween costumes. Those are definitely still good options, but I ran across an even easier costume this year: dressing up as Sookie Stackho...

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Oct 28 2009

Good deal

Sears is currently offering an unusual deal via its website: if you buy any of these featured titles on Sears.com, Walmart.com, Amazon.com, or Target.com, you can receive a store credit for the pu...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Oct 25 2009

The Natural Beauty Book, by Anne Akers Johnson

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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?)...

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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...

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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...

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