Jun 25 2008

Man convicted of killing 'Curious George' co-author

A jury convicted Vincent Puglisi on Tuesday of killing Alan Shalleck, the writer and director of dozens of short episodes of the Disney TV show Curious George and co-writer (with original creator ...

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Jun 24 2008

Karen Abbot

Former journalist Karen Abbot is the author of Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, one of our rare nonfiction Featured Book picks. According to...

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Jun 24 2008

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, by Karen Abbot

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Karen Abbot’s nonfiction book Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul is the story of the Everleigh Club, an infamous brothel that became a...

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Jun 24 2008

Which to choose?

After what feels like months of nothing watchable coming out in video stores, there are two very different Wordcandy-approved film adaptations out on DVD today: The Spiderwick Chronicles and Perse...

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Jun 24 2008

Children's Book Illustrator Tasha Tudor dies at 92

The New York Times has an obituary up for Tasha Tudor, a well-known children's book illustrator who died last Wednesday at age 92. Tudor was a famously colorful character who chose to live as tho...

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Jun 23 2008

Lovehampton, by Sherri Rifkin

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Sherri Rifkin’s debut novel Lovehampton is a rare beast: a non-irritating book about a thirtysomething professional woman in New York*. As the story opens, TV producer Tori Miller has just signed...

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Jun 23 2008

Hot Mess: Summer in the City, by Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester

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In honor of the first Monday of summer, we’re devoting today’s posts to beach reads. Sure, it might be cloudy where you are, or raining, or hotter than the ninth circle of Hell, but any one of the...

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Jun 20 2008

Oooh... maybe he was an alien?

Or Bat Boy!Yes, dear readers, The Sun has taken a break from investigating UFOs and Elvis sightings in order to definitively establish the origins of Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy.

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Jun 20 2008

Thank you, anime gods!

Remember how I was hoping for a Skip Beat! anime? Well, I whined, and the anime gods delivered. According to Anime News Network, an anime version of Yoshiki Nakamura's story will be coming out t...

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Jun 19 2008

The Eyes of a King, by Catherine Banner

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The publishers of Catherine Banner’s The Eyes of a King have talked a lot about the fact that its author was only 14 when she started writing her book. Unlike the books of fellow wunderkinder Chri...

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Jun 19 2008

Terry Pratchett continues to be 100% awesome.

The English bookseller Waterstones has posted a lovely interview with Terry Pratchett on their website. The article was written by Neil Gaiman (who co-authored Good Omens with Pratchett) and feat...

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Jun 18 2008

Genius Squad: the non-movie

Check this out--it's a video trailer for our current featured book, Catherine Jinks's Genius Squad:No Australian accents, and some seriously implausible hair, but--all things considered--this trai...

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Jun 18 2008

Rowling justifies several Harvard tuition payments

NPR has an article up about J.K. Rowling's recent commencement address for Harvard graduates. According to report, everything went extremely well--Rowling was funny, the graduates were touched, a...

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Jun 17 2008

Out of Picture: Vol. 1 & 2, by Assorted Authors

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In 2006, a French publisher released the first edition of Out of Picture, a graphic novel anthology of 11 short stories written and illustrated by a group of animators from Blue Sky Studios. The A...

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Jun 17 2008

The Middleman

I don't have cable, and even if I DID have cable, I probably wouldn't be watching ABC Family... but now I might have to start. In addition to those upcoming Meg Cabot adaptations*, ABC Family's a...

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Jun 16 2008

Updates all over the place

If you're a fan of the two scanlated series we host, we are happy to inform you that we just posted new chapters of both Banhonsa and Absolute Witch on our Scanlations page. And if you're not fol...

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Jun 16 2008

Even more Heyer info!

Sourcebooks has announced that they're planning to release several of Georgette Heyer's mysteries next spring, starting with Behold, Here's Poison, Why Shoot a Butler?, and The Unfinished Clue. A...

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Jun 13 2008

And in other movie news...

Spike Jonze is really, truly, absolutely making a movie of Where the Wild Things Are. No, I can’t imagine it either, but MTV has pictures, so it must be true. The CW is NOT doing a Gossip Girl s...

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Jun 13 2008

Brendan Fraser: still out there.

Somehow I missed the fact that Brendan Fraser is going to be starring in the adaption of Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. I really thought we'd seen the end of his career af...

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Jun 12 2008

Genius Squad, by Catherine Jinks

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I really enjoyed Catherine Jinks’s novel Evil Genius, but its little-kid-friendly cover art and gimmicky opening failed to prepare me for the story that followed—it was tough to recover from the shock of finding such hardcore creepiness in a book with a cover that looked like a Saturday morning cartoon..

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Jun 12 2008

If you'd be so kind...?

I keep hearing that NPR commentator and librarian-at-large Nancy Pearl is going to be featuring Georgette Heyer's novel An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War on her highl...

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Jun 12 2008

Johanna Spyri turns 181

The NPR feature The Writer's Almanac informs me that today is Heidi author Johanna Spyri's birthday.I haven't read Heidi in 15 years, but it's been lurking around in the background of my mind late...

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Jun 11 2008

The Prince of Midnight, Seize the Fire, and Midsummer Moon, by Laura Kinsale

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If you like your romance novels high on action, low on plausibility, and full of darkly tormented heroes and heroines, check out Laura Kinsale’s books: they’re imaginative, they’re well-written, and every one of ‘em features a full soap opera’s worth of hardcore drama...

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Jun 11 2008

Laura Kinsale 2.0

The fine people at Sourcebooks will soon be releasing three reprints of Laura Kinsale's historical romances from the '80s and '90s. Kinsale has only written one new book in the past decade (2004's...

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Jun 10 2008

Twilight fans take heed!

The Twilight preview is out, and Edward's hair is magnificent:Aw, man... this looks so bad, and I know I'm going to see it. (I always do--I went to see Blood and Chocolate on opening night, and i...

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Jun 10 2008

His Cunning or Hers

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) has a wonderful new section of their website—an area dedicated to works published for their Annual General Meetings (AGM). These pieces are the cr...

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Jun 9 2008

Irritation factor increase: 19%

The manga blogs have been abuzz with news of Tokyopop's recent "restructuring". According to several sources, the Los Angeles-based manga publisher will divide itself into two separate divisions: ...

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Jun 9 2008

Inuyasha to end

After 12 action-packed years, comic goddess Rumiko Takahashi is ending Inuyasha. According to the Rumic World website:"Inuyasha is set to end after two more chapters with #558 wrapping up volume ...

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Jun 6 2008

Signs of life

I am a wee bit late to this, but Jenny Crusie recently posted* the first chapter of Dogs and Goddesses, her upcoming collaboration with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich, and I am happy to inform yo...

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Jun 6 2008

Gossip Girl in a hoop skirt

Rumors, the sequel to Luxe, Anna Godbersen's 2007 novel about Manhattan debutantes at the turn of the previous century, is now out in stores:I loved the cover art for Luxe, but I couldn't get past...

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