Your week in books#39

This is Zoe “Zoella” Sugg, and she just sold 78,000 copies of her debut novel.

  • Youtube celebrity Zoella can add another feather to her cap, as her first novel Girl Online has become the fastest selling hardback of 2014. She’s only 24-years-old, so now is the time to look at your life and look at your choices. I know I have. And now I has a sad. (Source)
  • In  more “People Younger Than You Have Accomplished More Than You” news, a seven-year-old has convinced a publisher to change the title of their books after sending a letter to them. I once wrote a letter back when I was seven. It got sent back to me. (Source)

Ayelet Waldman
  • In “Adult Authors Acting Like Entitled Brats” news, Ayelet Waldman is furious, furious, that her novel Love and Treasure wasn’t included in the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2014” list. I think she’s pulled down the tweets, but they were SO GOOD when they were still up! (Source 1) (Source 2)
  • Also, you can find out which books made it to the NYT’s “100 Notable Books of 2014” list here.
  • Waldman is also conspicuously absent from Time’s “Top 10 Everything of 2014” list. The travesty. (Source)
  • Even more travesties: Ben Okri has been awarded the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his work in The Age of Magic. Here’s the sex scene that won him the dubious honor:

“When his hand brushed her nipple it tripped a switch and she came alight. He touched her belly and his hand seemed to burn through her. He lavished on her body indirect touches and bitter-sweet sensations flooded her brain. She became aware of places in her that could only have been concealed there by a god with a sense of humour.

“Adrift on warm currents, no longer of this world, she became aware of him gliding into her. He loved her with gentleness and strength, stroking her neck, praising her face with his hands, till she was broken up and began a low rhythmic wail The universe was in her and with each movement it unfolded to her. Somewhere in the night a stray rocket went off.”

  • I am by no means a Miranda July connoisseur – I’ve only ever read No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories and seen Me And You And Everyone We Know – but what I have digested of her work, I love. So I’ll keep an eye out and see if The First Bad Man will be available here in the P.I. (Source)
  • To follow on the Found Works theme that last week had, an unpublished Raymond Chandler work is found in the Library of Congress. (Source)
  • Finally, check out an infographic about what it is that kids want in books, done by Scholastic. (Source)


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