Can you smell the wind changing, too? Doesn’t it make you feel a bit like Legolas? Spring’s coming, my entire garden says so, and it never lies. 🙂
- R. I. P. When it rains it pours: Dick Francis died on Valentine’s Day, Robert B. Parker died on Winnie-the-Pooh Day, and J. D. Salinger died on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (I did tweet about that)(I guess I’ll have to eat my own words about Twitter, won’t I…).
- Today is the day of the Google settlement.
- Things left behind in books. I suddenly don’t feel so bad about my bookmarks (generally strippenkaarten, the nearest pen at hand, or (unused) tissues).
- J. K., one day your lawsuit purgatory will end, it really will!
- Awards! Here’s one that’s going on my Favorite Awards list: the To Hell with Prizes shortlist. For unpublished books, no less. 🙂 Poet Christopher Reid won the Costa Overall Book Award for his collection A Scattering (the other category winners can be found here). The Black Quill Awards for Horror/Suspense books were handed out. There are many (including an award for booktrailers), so I’ll just highlight the Novel of the Year: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Drood by Dan Simmons. The Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction was awarded to Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for His Disabled Son (a Canadian book, which would, sadly, explain why neither the US nor the UK supplier carries it at the moment).
- George R. R. Martin has 1200 pages of his next book written. But of course he’s not done yet, so his long-suffering fans will have to wait some more. I feel like I’m always apologizing on behalf of this author when I have to disappoint another hopeful reader about the next book being pushed back again.
- Steve Jobs is apparently going to cooperate on a biography, to be written by Walter Isaacson, about him.
- Lists! The 10 best books on boxing. The 10 best books with unreliable narrators (maybe it’s my headcold, but that’s not making much sense to me today)(though he lists good books). The top 10 literary stepmothers (including a few surprises!).
- Quiz: Do you speak Chekhov? (I scored 5/10, and considering 8 were total guesses, I count myself lucky)