It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these things!
Of course, the biggest thing happening in the country this March — at least for fans of YA — is the upcoming visit by bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She’ll be signing books at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4 on March 25, 3 p.m. And, five fans may even get to have lunch with her! Details are over at National Book Store’s Facebook page. (Source)
Lauren Oliver isn’t the only person that National Book Store is bringing over! As reported by Comic Book Resources, Mark Millar will also be visiting the country in May! (Source)
The University of the Philippines is also holding a month-long book sale in celebration of its 47th anniversary! All UP Press titles, bestsellers, and new releases will be sold at a 20 percent discount, and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The book sale runs from March 1 – 31, 2012. The UP Press bookstore is located at E. de los Santos Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
A book blog by the Guardian ponders on what effect the increasing popularity of book trailers has on the books themselves. (Source)
Batman is named the greatest comic book hero. Of the top 10 heroes listed, Wonder Woman is the only…woman. (Source)
After facing protests from a group called “One Million Moms”, Life with Archie #16 — featuring the interracial gay marriage of character Kevin Keller — flies off the bookshelves. (Source)
The New York Times has a really interesting story on The Physical Archive of the Internet Arhive, which seeks to “collect one copy of every book.” (Source)
When I was a lot younger, I was really into the film “Snow Falling On Cedars”, so much so that I had to cut back on my obsessive buying of buttered corn (Don’t ask.) just so I could save up to buy a copy of the book. More than a decade later (!), I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book, and David Guterson has won the Literary Review’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” award. (Source)
Should I be worried that Amazon has acquired Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books? (Source)
Aside from buying Marshall Cavendish, Amazon is also investing $6 million dollars for the authors who participate in its Kindle Lending Library. (Source)
I have to admit that as of late, my resistance to ebooks and ebook readers has been slowly but surely deteriorating. I’ve been eyeing the Kindle Fire for a while now, and if I get my finances in order — probably sometime the next millennium — I may actually get one. So what to do when even diehard “solid book” fans like myself are considering changing sides? Publishers seem to have decided that making books prettier is the answer. (Source)
That painting over there is supposedly Jane Austen, author of “Pride and Prejudice”, “Sense and Sensibility”, and “Emma”. Certainly looks better than the other famous Jane Austen portrait, where she looks like she just noticed someone farted in the drawing room. (Source)
In England, poet laureate Ted Hughes — who most people probably know more as Sylvia Plath’s husband — is being honored with a slab at Westminster Abbey. (Source)
I was introduced to the works of Kurt Vonnegut by Taylor Hanson (Don’t ask.), and I’ve loved his works ever since. Even the new biography that paints him as a bitter, angry man with a temper isn’t going to change that. (Source)
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. Here’s what “Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta” and “Lost Girls” creator Alan Moore has to say about “300” author Frank Miller (TEAM ALAN MOORE!) (Source):
“Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past 20 years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny; 300 [a 1998 comic book series] appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.”
Here’s another trailer for Disney’s “John Carter”, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”. This one doesn’t look as impressive as the one released months ago, but I am always willing to shell out money for shirtless Taylor Kitsch. Also, Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon wrote the script.
At around the same time that the trailer for “John Carter” made its online debut, the trailer for “Hugo” — Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel — was also vying for people’s eyeballs. Now it’s just been named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review. (Source)
Speaking of the bests of 2011, the New York Times has published its list of the 10 best books of 2011. (Source)
I’ve been an ebook denier for so long now, but I have to admit that as 2012 approaches my stance is slowly, slowly softening. Heck, even Ray Bradbury has changed his mind, finally allowing “Fahrenheit 451” to be made available as an ebook.
The above illustration by artist Kevin Bolk has gotten so popular, even The Guardian is writing about it. In case it’s not obvious what it’s about, Bolk drew the male Avengers the way Black Widow was posed in the movie’s first few promotional materials. (Source)
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez wins a 17-year legal fight centered around his novel, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. The other man in the fight, Miguel Reyes Palencia, says that the character of Bayardo San Roman was based on him and that he deserved co-author credits as well as 50 percent of the book’s royalties. (Source)
Check out new images from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” over at Cinemablend! (Source)
In “Ender’s Game” news, Filipino-American actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to be part of the film adaptation’s cast. (Source)
Christopher Meloni, famous for his butt scenes in “Oz”, is apparently interested in being part of the fifth season of “True Blood”. If any more hot guys join that show I am going to have to buy an HD TV. (Source)
Known beautiful man and maybe gay Ben Whishaw is set to play Q in the newest Bond movie, “Skyfall”. And in case you have no idea what he looks like, check the pics under the cut! (Source)
Legendary fantasy and science fiction author Anne McCaffrey died of a stroke last Monday at her home in Ireland. Best known for her “Dragonriders of Pern” series, Anne McCaffrey is also the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction, the first woman to win a Nebula Award, and the first author to get into the New York Times bestseller list with an science fiction title. (Source 1, Source 2)
In more “Akira-That-Is-Not-Akira” casting news, it appears that there is now a shortlist of very white actors set to play a very Japanese character. Among the names being floated are Michael Pitt from “Boardwalk Empire”, Richard Madden from “Game of Thrones”, and Paul Dano from “Little Miss Sunshine”. (Source)
Meanwhile, the other bit of casting new floating around on the web is the supposed casting of 14-year-old British actor Asa Butterfield in the role of Ender, for the big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game“. I haven’t read the book yet — Card’s Mormonism conflicts with my homosexuality — so I’d like to know what you guys think of this news. Yay or nay? (Source)
The people behind the Oxford English Dictionary have declared the phrase “squeezed middle” as the word of the year. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t a phrase something entirely different from a word? Don’t want to argue with the Oxford English Dictionary though. (Source)
The New York Times lists down the 100 notable books of 2011. Some of the titles in the list are Jeffrey Eugenides’ “The Marriage Plot”, John Sayles’ “A Moment In The Sun”, and Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84”. (Source)
Just in case the theaters around the country haven’t made it clear to you guys already, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” just opened yesterday. The lines to buy tickets were crazy.
Galleycat has an interview up with “Breaking Dawn” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Favorite quote: “Don’t get pregnant with a demon baby unless you have vampire venom on hand.” (Source)
Check out the guys who lined up for the “Breaking Dawn” premiere. They’re exactly what you’d expect. (Source)
In “Akira-That-Is-Not Akira” news, it appears that Kristen Stewart is being tapped to play the role of Kei. Stab me with a rusty fork RIGHT. NOW. (Source)
Fact about myself: I did not like Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series. I could barely make it past the halfway point with “Eragon”. The movie wasn’t any better either — woefully lacking in shirtless scenes. I don’t think Paolini’s recent declaration that his next series is going to be science fiction is going to be any better either. (Source)
If crime writer Lindsay Ashford is to be believed, then homegirl Jane “J-Hizzle” Austen was the victim of some foul play. Apparently, Mr. Bingley did her in with some arsenic. (Source)
Finally, under the cut are individual character poster for “The Avengers”, which comes out in the United States in May 2012. No word yet as to when it’ll come around to our fair shores, but I’m willing to bet it’s going to be around the same time. (Source)
Here’s the trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, where Bella Swan, after being trained by Thor, leads the Men of Gondor in a rebellion against Aeon Flux. or Aileen Wuornos if you’re all indie and stuff.
Two Pulitzer Prize winners will be heading to our fair shores next week! Edward P. Jones, author of “The Known World“, and Junot Diaz, author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao“, will be taking part in the Manila International Literary Festival, which will be held from November 16 to 18. (Source)
There’s going to be a course on Harry Potter at Durham University in the United Kingdom. The Guardian’s kicker takes the cake, though: “Module will focus on ‘social, cultural and educational context’, but no word on whether Expelliarmus will be applied to students with poor grades.” (Source)
I love a good plagiarism story, and boy is this one crazy. Debut novelist Q. R.
Markham’s novel, “Assassin of Secrets”, recently came out to strong reviews, with Publishers Weekly noting that the “obvious Fleming influence just adds to the appeal. Turns out, the “obvious Fleming influence” was around because Markham — Quentin Rowan in real life — used Fleming’s actual words, along with the word of Robert Ludlum and many more. The blog “Reluctant Habits” even provides a rundown of the works plagiarized! (Source 1, Source 2)
“Assassin of Secrets” most definitely will not make it to Amazon’s Best Book of 2011. Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84” and Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” made it though! (Source)
The New York Observer has a nice profile on Anthony Bourdain, who it appears is now going into publishing. (Source)
Barnes and Noble has a new Nook tablet out! (Source)
Check out “The Books They Gave Me”, a Tumblr blog focusing on books given by lovers. (Source)
Take a look at some stills from the David Cronenberg film, “Cosmopolis”, based on the Don Delilio novel of the same name. It stars Robert Pattinson! (Source)
In that other Robert Pattinson film that’s based on a book, he talks about how Bella’s placenta tastes like “cream cheese and strawberry jam”. I can’t wait to watch this movie. (Source)
Finally, “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray is now a graphic novelist, coming out with “Everlast” under Archaia. I will now take this opportunity to post shirtless pictures of him under the cut. (Source)
CATFIGHT! There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the internet in the past few days as Twihards took offense at on-again/off-again Catholic Anne Rice declared that Lestat and Louis from “The Vampire Chronicles” would feel sorry for Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly bloodsuckers. (Source 1, Source 2)
More “Twilight” stuff! io9 has four clips from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn aprt 1”! (Source)
In case you’ve spent the past week buried under a particularly large rock, you probably know that bestselling author Nicholas Sparks spent a couple of days here in the country signing books and whatnot, all thanks to the efforts of National Book Store. In fact, the Manila Bulletin will be coming out with a three-page feature on him this Sunday!
I’ve managed to be indifferent to ebooks and ebook readers for the most part, but Amazon’s Lending Library kinda softens my stand on them a wee bit. (Source)
I’m not really into the zombie genre in general — the most I’ve been into it is my devotion to “The Walking Dead” series — so I don’t really know what to make of “Warm Bodies”, wherein a zombie falls in love with a mortal girl. It’s adapted from a book, so maybe I should check that out first? I’ll probably check this out anyway since Nicholas Hoult is in it. And one final point: Are we going to run down all the supernatural creatures of the world and pair them with humans at this point? (Source)
Salman Rushdie write a limerick about Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage. It’s got a lof of Ks in it. (Source)
The Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, goes to a biology teacher. (Source)
The Guardian has a great slideshow on some of the illustrations that J.R.R. Tolkien did for “The Hobbit”. (Source)
Also from The Guardian, a really nice essay about the pleasures of writing your stories in longhand. (Source)
The New York Times has put out a list of 2011’s best illustrated children’s books. They aren’t putting up any artwork until the 13th, though. (Source)
Finally, check out seven clips from “Immortals”! Semi-accurate Greek mythology! Shirtless Henry Cavill! Shirtless Kellan Lutz! (Source)
Of course, the big news is Nicholas Sparks’ impending arrival on our fair islands. Check him out at The Podium on October 28, 5 p.m.!
In much more controversial news, there’s been quite a ruckus over this year’s American National Book Awards’ finalists. “Shine”, a gay-themed YA novel revolving around a hate crime committed in the South, was removed from the list of nominees and replaced with “Chime”, a YA novel about a teen witch. The reason? Organizers misheard the title of the book. Messy, messy, messy. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4)
I don’t know what the age range of the readers of the blog are, but I am certainly old enough to remember the mindfuck that was the 1988 anime movie adaptation of the groundbreaking manga. And since Hollywood can’t leave good things alone, they’re apparently remaking the classic into a live action adaptation — set in Neo Manhattan. Rumored to play Kaneda? Garrett Hedlund from “Tron Legacy”. And as cute as I think he is, couldn’t anyone have found somebody Asian for a movie titled “Akira”? I mean, what the fuck. (Source)
The Guardian lists down all of the authors who have expressed for the now global Occupy movement. Some of the big names include Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, and Ursula K. Le Guin. (Source)
In a development that Bram Stoker himself could have written, one of Stoker’s descendants find an old notebook of his that offer “cryptic clues” to his own work. (Source)
Finally, “Immortals” is shaping up to be the must-see mythology inspired movie of the decade, at least by my standards. Kellan Lutz, who is playing the role of Poseidon, gives an interview to The Advocate that totally panders to the gay audience. Now I’ll totally paner to you guys and include some shirtless Kellan Lutz pictures under the cut! (Source)
Here’s the trailer for “The Raven”, where John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe as some kind of detective. It’s…different.
Did you hear that God — yes, God — wrote a memoir? He clears up that Adam and Steve thing. (Source)
Amazon is launching a science fiction and horror imprint, and some of the authors they have in their stable seem impressive! So far they have Neal Stephenson, Lee Goldberg, and William Rabkin. (Source)
The New York Times has a nice article about the New York Comic Con, which is happening Friday, New York time. (Source)
This week also saw the announcement of the finalists of the American National Book Awards. (Source)
Rebecca Skloot, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, is coming out with a new book on the bond between people and animals. My copy of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is still around here somewhere, unread. (Source)
Flavorwire has some great baby pictures of authors who went on to become famous. Check out the Vladimir Nabokov one! (Source)
Finally, check out some pictures from the loosely based on Greek mythology movie, “Immortals”, under the cut! There’s some crazy stuff going on! (Source)