Margaret K. McElderry, publisher of such young adult books like Susan Cooper’s “The Dark Is Rising” series, died on Valentine’s Day at her Manhattan home. She was 98 years old. (Source)
They’re going to make a TV film of J.K. Rowling’s life. I don’t know how to feel about that. (Source)
Children’s authors over at the United Kingdom are crying foul over Martin Amis’ remarks that “only a brain injury” could make him write for children. (Source)
Meanwhile, Michael Gondry says he will be adapting Philip K. Dick’s novel “Ubik” into a feature film. I haven’t read Dick (heh) before, but the comments section seems to think that Gondry would be a good fit for the adaptation. (Source)
A Roberto Bolano novel will be serialized in the Paris Review starting this spring. (Source)
This is the first time I’ve heard about this. Apparently, there’s a book called the “Voynich Manuscript” that’s filled with “alien” code that has mystified scientists for decades. The farthest they’ve ever gone with making some sense of the thing is carbon dating it. The manuscript appears to be older than the Gutenberg bible, the first book to be printed with modern presses. (Source)
Finally, have a look at the new New York Times Bestsellers List, now with a separate list for e-books. (Source)
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.