Welcome to another weekend, bookworms. This past week was the Book Expo America in New York City. For years I’ve longed to go, though from what I hear ’round the book blogs, it’s not as perfect as I once imagined (though, really, what is?). Still, if you made the trek to New York, share your favorite part of BEA in the comments. And if, like me, you’re still waiting for the year you can get to book lovers nirvana, share the one thing you’d love to do. Here’s the book news:
- “I discovered me in the library.” The literary world is mourning the loss of science-fiction giant Ray Bradbury, who died this week at age 91. In addition to his 30 novels, Bradbury also wrote a staggering 600 short stories and was included in more than 1,000 anthologies. Even though his formal schooling ended after high school, Bradbury would go on to become one of American literature’s most-celebrated 20th century authors and prominent writer of speculative fiction. He is best known, of course, for his novel Fahreinheit 451.
- Do they get a crown or something? The U.S. has a new Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007 and was previously Mississippi’s Poet Laureate. When she’s not doing Poet Laureate things (??), she’s also a professor of creative writing at Emory University in Georgia. Tretheway will work from the Poets Room at the Poetry and Literature Center (I didn’t even know we had one of those). Former Poet Laureates include William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost.
- She really can do anything, can’t she? J.K. Rowling is writing new and original Harry Potter content for a video game. The Book of Spells video game, for Sony’s PlayStation, will draw on Rowling’s own rich creations of the spells in the Harry Potter series. Marketed as “an advanced textbook for young witches and wizards,” the Book of Spells game will give players the chance to master Wingardium Leviosa, Incendio, and – of course – Expelliarmus. The new game is expected in time for the 2012 holidays.
- It’s possible I’ve posted about this before, but well – so what? The Guardian has an interactive map featuring the UK and Ireland’s best bookshops and literary locations. Given the rich literary traditions and histories of each country, the map is a welcome resource. London boasts more than 500 bookstores, while the Isle of Man has six, though considering its size, that’s pretty good. London, of course, also boasts the most literary locations and happily, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is one of the them.
- Quite frankly, I’ve always been a little wary of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Not all children’s books were created equally and the fine folks at FlavorWire have come up with the ten most terrifying children’s books from around the world. There are such gems as The ABC’s of Anger (just in case little Johnny wants to get in touch with his inner rage) and a classic Maurice Sendak book, Outside Over There (and really, the list wouldn’t have been complete without him).
As always, happy reading.