Here’s the weekly roundup of book news for this week!
Of course, the big news this week is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi getting an interview on the Today Show while Newberry and Caldecott medalists Claire Vanderpool and Erin Stead get snubbed. According to the people behind the Newberry and Caldecott awards, they had pitched a segment with the two authors on the Today Show but was declined because of a “lack of interest and scheduling problems”. (Source)
Author Ian McEwan is getting a lot of flak for agreeing to accept the Jerusalem Award, which is given by a book fair in Israel biennially. Supporters of Palestinian independence are saying that accepting the award amounts to supporting the current Israeli government, while McEwan says that that is hardly the case. Previous winners of the prize include Bertrand Russell, Simone de Beauvoir, JM Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa. That’s not a bad bunch. (Source)
Apparently there is now a thing called a vook? Vook stands for “video book”, which are two concepts that are really not gelling in my mind. Is it still a book if you’re watching it and not reading it? My head hurts. (Source)
Finally, take a look at the Prince William and Kate Middleton series of comic books. It’s going to be made up of “William Windsor: A Very Public Prince” and “Kate Middleton: A Very Private Princess“. That’s all well and good, but Prince Harry is the one whose story I’d like to find out more of. (Source)
Here’s what I hope will be a weekly roundup of book events and news happening all over the world.
THE NEWBERRY AWARDS were given out several days ago, with the prize going to debut novelist Clare Vanderpool for her work “Moon Over Manifest“. However, the book that caught my interest was Brian Katcher’s “Almost Perfect“, which won this year’s Stonewall’s Children and Young Adult Literature Award. It’s about a high school senior who finds himself attracted to someone transition from male to female, and I have to say that aside from Julie Ann Peters’ “Luna“, this is only the second YA book that I know of that deals with the subject. (Source)
“60 YEARS LATER: COMING THROUGH THE RYE” is actually going to be published and distributed. If you don’t know what that is, it’s that long-rumored sequel to “The Catcher In The Rye” that J.D. Salinger did not write. In it, a Holden Caulfield rip-off is now geriatric and escapes from a nursing home. I feel like this is going to be horrible…but I wouldn’t mind being given a copy. (Source)
I have all the books in “The Millenium Trilogy“, and one day I will get down to reading all three of them. Someday I will also get around to watching the movie adaptations, but for the meantime I will enjoy looking at Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of the books. (Source)