Jan 28 2009

Little Witches on the Prarie

And Patricia Wrede has a new book coming out, too! It's called Thirteenth Child, and it looks awesome-it's supposed to be a re-imagining of the settling of the American West, but with magic and st...

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Jan 28 2009

Dan Simmons remains awesome.

Dan Simmons (who is God's gift to sci-fi/fantasy fans, seriously) is taking on Charles Dickens:Here's the publisher's synopsis:On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret m...

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Jan 27 2009

Whoa.

According to the Arts Beat blog at the Times, Sara Nelson, the editor in chief of Publishers Weekly, the main trade magazine for the book industry, has been laid off, along with an additional 7% o...

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Jan 27 2009

Bonnets: RIP

According to an article in The Guardian, the BBC is sidelining its production of lavish costume dramas in favor of "a grittier look at the period and a new focus on other historical eras". (They t...

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Jan 26 2009

The Un-Outlander

Okay, so they probably will make a movie adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's novel Outlander, but that Outlander is definitely not the same as this Outlander:Just wanted you to know.

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Jan 26 2009

Wordcandy at Sundance

I'm hearing good things about An Education, one of the movies that premiered at Sundance. It's a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s, and it has quite the literary cred: it was based on a memoir...

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Jan 25 2009

Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson is the author of several books in the “tart noir” genre (and no, we have no idea what that is, either—it must be a British thing). She’s also the author of Kisses and Lies, the s...

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Jan 25 2009

Kisses and Lies, by Lauren Henderson

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Kiss Me Kill Me, the first book in Lauren Henderson’s series featuring 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield, was an unexpected delight: a YA mystery that blended the guilty pleasures of the Gossip Girl series with...

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Jan 23 2009

Wait—there was a Hana Yori Dango movie?

And it came out seven months ago?!Dude, I am so out of touch.

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Jan 23 2009

More Pride and Prejudice comic book news...

Click here to take a gander at the upcoming Marvel comic book adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice... and while you're at it, take a second to point and snicker at that Anita Blake cover.

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Jan 22 2009

Nodame Cantabile: an update

A Japanese-speaking poster on the LiveJournal community The S Orchestra has posted a notice regarding Nodame Cantabile creator Tomoko Ninomiya's health: it appears she's been diagnosed with carpal...

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Jan 22 2009

Kitchen Princess, by Miyuki Kobayashi

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I've finally gotten around to reading the first few volumes of Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando's manga Kitchen Princess, winner of the Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga in 2006.

Kitchen Princess is the story of Najika Kazami, the orphaned daughter of two world-class pastry chefs....

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Jan 21 2009

Any (moderately) rich Austen fans out there?

Behold, a "steampunk Jane Austen" necklace, on sale at etsy for $49.99:The necklace is made of a vintage pocket watch, with a resin-coated picture of Jane Austen and vintage pearl and rhinestone d...

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Jan 21 2009

Birthday gifts

Today's my birthday, and I feel like the universe is totally celebrating it. All kinds of Julia-approved stuff seems to be coming out this week--a brand-spanking-new president, confirmed(!!!) news...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part II

Publishers have plenty of (unsolicited, but cute!) advice for Barack Obama, too:McSweeney's has published Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. This title, whi...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part I

Can't get enough inauguration news?Check out Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady. This book of poetry, advice, and letters to the brand-spanking-new First Lady (...

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Jan 16 2009

So wrong...

Behold! A new (to me, at least) Edward Gorey-illustrated book: the cheerfully inappropriate-looking 1965 faux etiquette guide The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing To Say on Every Dubious ...

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Jan 16 2009

Perfumania

Ooh, a smackdown!The people at fashion house Nina Ricci are suing whoever's in charge of that Twilight-themed perfume, 'cause apparently the apple-shaped bottle is a total rip-off of one of their ...

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Jan 15 2009

But will there be snacks?

Award-winning cookbook writer Mark Bittman, author of the bestselling books How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, is going to be visiting Powell's Books in Portland tonight...

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Jan 15 2009

Meg Cabot gives back

In an extremely classy move, Meg Cabot is celebrating the release of her last Princess Diaries book (Forever Princess) with an online benefit auction for the New York Library's Young Adult Program...

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Jan 14 2009

Kiss Me Kill Me, by Lauren Henderson

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While a discouraging number of C-grade Gossip Girl rip-offs cross our desks here at Wordcandy HQ, once in a while we encounter a story about rich teenagers behaving badly that stands out from the ...

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Jan 14 2009

So pretty...

We got an e-mail from Sourcebooks yesterday, letting us know the cover art for Georgette Heyer's The Unfinished Clue featured in our 2009 Preview is actually out of date. They've chosen new cover...

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Jan 13 2009

Contest news for action/suspense fans!

Stephen J. Cannell fans take note: in honor of Mr. Cannell's new book On the Grind, his website is running a contest with some truly excellent prizes, including a Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS, autographed ...

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Jan 13 2009

Cyberspace shindig

Bestselling YA author Sarah Mlynowski is kicking off the publicity for her latest book in the Magic in Manhattan series (the just-released Parties and Potions) with a virtual book party. The event...

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Jan 12 2009

Evil Ways, by Justin Gustainis

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I really enjoyed Black Magic Woman, the first book in Justin Gustainis’s Morris and Chastain Investigations series. I liked his just-released sequel, Evil Ways, too... but with considerably more r...

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Jan 12 2009

2009: A Preview

Last week we talked about our favorite book-related things of 2008; this week we’re listing the stuff we’re most looking forward to in 2009:Georgette Heyer's mysteries:Starting in March, we’ll be ...

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Jan 11 2009

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, and producer, and is frequently referred to as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. He is best remembered as the creator of Astro Boy and Ki...

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Jan 11 2009

Black Jack: Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka

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An English translation of Osamu Tezuka’s award-winning manga Black Jack is available again, thanks to the fine people at VIZ Media. The first two volumes of this enjoyably bizarre medical dr...

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Jan 9 2009

Maybe in a public library?

Another tidbit via AustenBlog:The Telegraph is reporting that the oil painting of Colin Firth-as-Mr. Darcy (the one Elizabeth stares up at in fourth episode of the 1995 miniseries's version of Pem...

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Jan 9 2009

Marvel Illustrated

I was reading a post on AustenBlog about an upcoming Marvel Illustrated adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (not sure how I feel about that), and decided to check out their current offerings, which ...

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