You know, that DCC is all well and good, but it’s really gotten in the way of my Book- and Store Bits! Glad to finally have (well, take) a moment this month to sit down and spread some literary news. 🙂
- But since we all have comics and graphic novels on the brain… Our Nicki found this excellent resources link on how to use graphic novels in the classroom! No excuses anymore, folks; so many graphic novels tell amazing stories AND appeal immensely to kids.
- This library in Almere has been creating a buzz: attendance is way up, largely due to the innovative way that they group books. Reminds me of the Wonderkamers at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
- Awards! First off, David Swatling, You Reviewer-turned-Writer, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, in the category Gay Mystery! He writes “I’m so excited and honored – most nominees in that category are former winners, so to get a nod as a debut author is pretty amazing.” Crossing fingers for you on June 1st, David! Also, Marie Phillips, she of last year’s Book Swap and several Amsterdam Meet My Book events, is longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, for The Table of Less-Valued Knights. Congratulations, and we’ll be crossing fingers for you on April 13th, when the shortlist is announced…
- Awards II! Family Life by Akhil Sharma won the Folio Prize (“the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world” – as long as the book was printed in the UK). The finalists for the biannual Man Booker International Prize has been announced. A new Science Fiction & Fantasy Award Round-Up is in the works, too; I’m just waiting on the last 2 shortlists to be announced. ETA half-April!
- Congratulations to Neil Gaiman, who’s going to be a daddy again!
- An FBI agent analyses Gone Girl (the movie). I don’t know… I’m sure she’s right, but geez, what a buzz killer. You read a book or watch a movie to believe the unbelievable for a moment, right? While we’re on Gone Girl: the Huffington Post has 8 Thrilling Books to Fill [That] Void.
- Here’s another analysis, scientific this time, of the smell of books.
I’m sure you’ve seen this one on our Twitter or Facebook, but it’s just too good not to repeat here: new bookstore section ideas. And this link needs repeating here, too: 17 Stunning Bookshelves We Need to Have In Our Homes Immediately (I loooove the Book Tunnel). Or, if you want to think outside the box, 35 other ways to stash your books (GoT fans: check out that throne!). “Books are the only things that don’t create clutter. They look great however, wherever, they are.”
- Ah, the power of imagination! How long did it take for these fictional predictions to come true?
- There’s one more Terry Pratchett book coming: The Shepherd’s Crown, part of the Tiffany Aching series. No definite date known yet.
- Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? The Guardian features 10 of the best in literature.
- So, which will you go for, the UK edition or the US edition of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman? Final covers have been revealed! ETA July.
- How well do you know your Venice in literature? I fall squarely into the ‘meh’ category: 5/10.
- And finally, new contender for Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World, in Bucharest! Just stunning. (Pictures by Gabriel CH Photography, as far as my amateur sleuthing will tell me.)