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Your week in books#21

I'm way too fat for this shirt but I want one.
  • Check out the set of literature inspired tees being sold over at Out of Print Clothing! I especially liked the “Lolita”, “A Clockwork Orange”, and “The Master and Margerita” ones! (Source)
  • Potter fans looking to get themselves ebook copies of all the seven books will probably have to wait for a little while longer as the people behind it reveal that problems at Pottermore have delayed the initial October release. (Source)
  • Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature — and he’s playing the piano during the event as well. (Source 1, Source 2)
  • The Guardian has an interview with Maurice Sendak that basically reveals the children’s book author has a way with insults. Here’s a sampling:

“Ebooks: ‘I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.’

Of Salman Rushdie, who once gave him a terrible review in the New York Times, he says: ‘That flaccid fuckhead. He was detestable. I called up the Ayatollah, nobody knows that.’

Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I can’t stand her.’   

  • Just in case you haven’t had enough of the vampire novels aimed for young adults (YA), Holly Black has announced that she is coming out with a vampire novel titled “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”. (Source)
He's a librarian with tattoos. MY HEART.
  • Finally, is any one of you interested in perusing a calendar featuring librarians in various states of undress? I don’t know about you guys, but I am down for this. Sexual orientation is mostly indeterminate, so score another point for me! (Source 1, Source 2)

Ronreads interview: Lauren Kate

The sizeable crowd at the Lauren Kate event at Glorietta 5

Now that my article on Lauren Kate has come out, I’m free to talk about how this particular interview went, especially when compared to the festival of awkward that was last year’s interview.

For one thing, Lauren was in incredibly high spirits when she sat down for this interview. Not that she wasn’t last year — she was incredibly gracious and fun — but this year it seemed she was even more gracious and fun. It was great because it immediately put me at ease; for some reason I am not rattled when interviewing politicians, but authors always make me feel like I’m on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

Not that I wasn’t awkward. Throughout the interview, I kept on banging my chair against a window, and spent about several minutes trying desperately to open a shrink-wrapped copy of “Passion” for Lauren to sign. I think at one point my flailing resulted in a pencil flying off the desk to her bemusement. Hopefully.

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