Happy Halloween, bookworms! I hope you’re doing something appropriately spooky today or tomorrow. I plan on having a marathon viewing session of Clue, the greatest Halloween movie ever (in my humble opinion), but first, I have to work an event today. Fear not, though, for I’m still offering up this week’s book news.

  • There’s a rumble in the Austen-world brewing and many of the trusted Austen-bloggers I follow are up-in-arms. An Oxford scholar has come out with a new paper that alleges that Austen’s famous prose style was not really hers at all, but the work of her male editor. Perhaps gender shouldn’t matter in this case, but since readers never knew Austen by her real name in her lifetime, it’s relevant. The Guardian has a great defense of Jane, Austenprose has a brilliant smackdown of Sutherland, along with more details, and Austenacious rightly points out that Sutherland is most likely looking for attention and publicity. Mission accomplished.
  • Speaking of Austen, Salon magazine proposes that Miss Emma Woodhouse would be an ardent Facebook user if she lived in modern-day America, “nudging acquaintances to friend each other and forming little groups like “People Who Have Heard Quite Enough in Praise of Jane Fairfax,” to the dismay of Mr. Knightley.” The proposal comes from an article on Salon’s website that ponders what classic literary characters might be like if they lived circa now. The pondering came about as a response to Masterpiece Theater’s latest mystery series, an updated 2010 version of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Vampire fans dying for a bite of Ann Rice (pun intended) will soon get their chance. Powell’s Books is hosting a sale of 7,000 books from Rice’s personal, private library. According to Powell’s, many of the books available are signed or annotated by Rice and many have her personal notes written in margins. Currently, 1,000 titles are available for purchase, covering an impressive range of topics.
  • In exciting news that’s really only exciting for Rachel Hawkins fans, the cover for the new Hex Hall novel, Demonglass, popped up on Hawkins’ website last week. Just in time for Halloween, Demonglass features the same reflection theme that Hex Hall had, but as Hawkins points out in her post, Sophie looks much more kick-ass this time around. All good things come in time, however – Demonglass won’t be released until March 2011 (just in time for my birthday – hint, hint.)
  • Finally, since I seem to be on a feminist kick with my reading lately, here is Forever Young Adult’s list of kick-ass female, feminist (and fictional) role models who make everyone else wish they were this cool. And three cheers for including Prof. McGonagall and not just teens.

As always, happy reading.