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Book News, Oct. 9th

Not that there was ever any doubt, but it is officially fall now. The long-sleeved shirts and sweaters have come out of hiding, the air conditioning is turned off and I wore a jacket every day this week. BUT – I have not yet given up my flip-flops. I’m holding out until the last possible minute. While I ponder blue toes, how about you ponder some book news:

  • The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded….to a guy I’ve never heard of! Sorry, I don’t mean to be flip, but I’ve honestly never heard of Mario Vargas Llosa. I am sure, however, that he deserves the award (though apparently he was a dark horse winner). Best fun fact I’ve learned about this Peruvian author? He apparently got into a fist-fight with Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Major bonus points to author Andrea Cremer and her publicity team. Her book, Nightshade, will be released on October 19th, and to build up anticipation, there is quite a bit of clever promotion going on. Reviewers from Forever Young Adult and Omnivoracious both posted about the mysterious and creative marketing for the book, while one of the characters is stepping out of the book and into a series of webisodes on the book’s website. I don’t know much about the book, but I do know I’m now really curious about it and its characters, so mission accomplished, marketing people.
  • In a truly bizarre incident earlier this week, one that I’m convinced could only happen in the book world, Jonathan Franzen’s glasses were stolen off his face and held for ransom while Franzen was in the U.K. The glasses were eventually returned safe and sound and no ransom was paid – England does not negotiate with kidnappers, apparently.
  • File this one under “give me a freakin’ break!” The model whose hands were used on the now-famous cover of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight wants her fair share of the fame. Calling the cover “major exposure for her hands” (seriously?), the model then laments that no one knows who she is. She’s going so far as to point out her (ridiculously minuscule) role in the publishing phenomenon when she sees someone reading the book. She even carries an apple around to “recreate the pose.” Now, please excuse me while I hit my head against the wall, frustrated once again by the astounding stupidity of some people.
  • Some quick links: David Pitt on the Likely Stories blog explains why a movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game may not be the best idea; The National Book Foundation, in the run-up to the National Book Awards, has honored five authors under 35, recognizing up-and-coming young authors; and the ladies at Forever Young Adult have made life a little bit more entertaining with instructions on how to make your own YA board game.

As always, happy reading!

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