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Book News Round-Up

Hello, bookworms. I hope you can spare some time from your Olympics watching to check out this week’s book news. And if not, that’s okay. I get it. I’m borderline obsessed at this point and curling just might be my new “favorite. thing. ever.”

  • If you spend any time reading book blogs, you’re bound to come across the term/acronym “ARC.” Arc’s or advanced reading copies are early galley-like copies of popular books sent out by publishers to reviewers, bloggers, etc. There’s protocol to the ARC’s, especially since the book can change quite a bit before the final version. Liz Burns has a great post about the do’s and don’ts of ARC ownership.
  • Houghton Mifflin announced the guest editors for its “Best American…” series this week. The series is a set of anthologies, featuring the best of the year’s short stories, essays and other various and sundry writings. I’m especially excited to see Neil Gaiman as guest editor for Best American Comics and David Sedaris pairing up with Dave Eggers for Best American Non-Required Reading. Both would worthwhile book investments.
  • The CYBIL award winners were announced on Valentine’s Day. The CYBILs (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards) are voted on by a panel of kidlit and YA bloggers, though anyone can submit books for nomination during the first round. Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains and Kristin Cashore’s Fire were among the winners.
  • And while we’re on the subject of children’s literature, School Library Journal and blogger Betsy Bird are busy counting down the Top 100 Children’s Novels. Bird asked for submissions from readers, then devised a rankings system that I don’t quite understand. Either way, her posts are incredibly detailed and well worth reading. A lot of the usual suspects have already made the list, with the top 50 still to be revealed.
  • A few weeks ago, I reported that Kirkus Reviews had found a buyer; yesterday, the news was made official by a company press release. Herbert Simon, owner of the Indiana Pacers and chairman of something called the Simon Property Group, bought Kirkus, saving it from demise. Despite the press release, I still can’t figure out why, exactly, Simon would want a children’s literature review magazine. But when you’re (apparently) the 317th richest person in the country, I guess you can do whatever you want – though it does make me curious about what the other 316 people do with their money.

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