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Book News Round-Up

Happy Easter weekend, bookworms. I’m in upstate New York, getting ready to celebrate my grandfather’s birthday with a “roast” like they do for celebrities. Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy this week’s book news.

  • The weather is (finally!) gorgeous, but that doesn’t meant we don’t still need a pick me up every now and then. Courtesy of Laurel Ann from Austenprose, here’s a great video montage of some of the greatest regency men Austen and other authors have to offer. You’re welcome.
  • It’s those damn definitions! Earlier this week, the Huffington Post had a slideshow of some of the most surprising books banned by various zealots and idiots. Among them? The dictionary, which one school district tried to ban because of various definitions. You’re really scrapping the bottom of the barrel if you try to ban the dictionary. What do you want? No meanings for words? That’ll work out great!
  • The Millions had a fascinating article about the problem with fairy tales and the attempts some authors make to reinvent them. They explored the basic premise of most myths (good girl versus bad girl, the prince as a savior, etc.) in the context of reviewing new works from Neil Gaiman and others. I’ll admit – just once it would be nice if the princess saved the day instead and then maybe ran off with the kitchen boy.
  • You might want some earplugs to mask the sound of tween girls screeching everywhere. Twilight fans got a bonus surprise this week when phenom author Stephenie Meyer announced that she was publishing a short novella expanding the story of Bree, a minor character in Eclipse. $1 from every sale of the novella will be donated to the American Red Cross and the story will also be available on Meyer’s website. The novella is being released, not so coincidentally, right before the theatrical premiere of the Eclipse movie.
  • Lastly, can we discuss how cute and adorable Margaret Atwood is? The accomplished Canadian (and author of one of my favorite books, The Handmaid’s Tale) has an official twitter page and tweets regularly. She wrote about the experience for the NY Review of Books and declared herself “well pleased with [her] followers.” She also describes Twitter has a “strange and uncanny place” but one that’s a lot of fun. Atwood is having some much fun, it’s hard not to catch her enthusiasm.

Get outside and enjoy this gorgeous weather, bookworms, but don’t forget to bring a book! And if you swing that way, have a Happy Easter.

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