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Book News, Oct. 20th

Welcome to another weekend, bookworms. I can’t tell you what I’m up to today, because, in the off chance my siblings do read this blog, I don’t want them (or rather, one of them in particular) to find out what’s happening. If that’s not cryptic enough for you, I don’t know what is! If you do want to know, though, I  promise to come back later and reveal all in the comments. In the meantime, here is the book news.

  • Bob Dylan will have to wait another year. Defying the odds, Chinese author Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first Chinese author to win this particular honor. In its announcement of the award, the Nobel Committee compared Yan to William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, noting his ability to blend classic Chinese literature, oral tradition and contemporary writing. Yan is a novelist and short story writer and, apparently, often banned and pirated in his native China.
  • Show me the money. The Association of American Publishers reported that children’s and young adult book revenues for the first half of 2012 are up 41% over the first half of 2011. Adult book revenue was up as well (though only by 8%) and both gains credit a lot of that success to e-books and digital books. This, of course, is only surprising to people who don’t read and don’t realize that many, many, many people do still read.
  • This past week was Teen Read Week, which includes the release of the annual YALSA Teens’ Top Ten, which is exactly what it sounds like: a list of ten books selected as the best by teens themselves. Veronica Roth took the top spot with Divergent, though John Green was close behind with The Fault in Our Stars. Other LND favorites that also made the list were Where She Went by Gayle Forman and Abandon by Meg Cabot. The polls are open to any and all teens who vote for their favorites.
  • The level of awesomeness is off-the-charts! God bless Book Riot and whoever took the video because you can now watch actor Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, read The Hobbit, in his Gollum voice. (Let’s just pause for a moment to appreciate the awesomeness.) Serkis, who will reprise his role as Gollum in the upcoming film versions of The Hobbit, looks like he’s having a blast and he makes it look easy. Myyyyy preciouuuuus.
  • Happy Birthday, Little Nemo. Long before Nemo was a fish with a worried father, Winsor McCay created Little Nemo in Slumberland, a comic strip that ran in the New York Herald and the New York American at the turn of the 20th century. McCay, who was a pioneer in the field of animation, first debuted Little Nemo on October 15, 1905. Earlier this week, Google celebrated that anniversary with a very special – and interactive – Google doodle.

As always, happy reading.

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