- In Memoriam: I don't even need to type the words.
You'd have to be living under an enormous rock to not know the top story in the whole world today.
(Scoot over, wouldja, I wanna get in there...)
Here's a history of Michael Jackson in books, if you feel like reading about the late, lamented Gloved One. (Good luck finding copies today!)
For something a little different, check out the five greatest Michael Jackson appearances in comics.
And don't forget the video game.
- Carnegie Winner: Siobhan Dowd has become the first posthumous winner of the esteemed Carnegie medal for children's literature.
Bog Child, the story of a teenage boy who finds the body of a child in an Irish bog, was finished by Dowd in May 2007. She died of cancer that August at the age of 47, having only turned to writing in 2003. In just four short years, she penned four children's books: her first, A Swift Pure Cry, was also shortlisted for the Carnegie.
[...] The book is "an absolutely astonishing piece of writing", said the librarian Joy Court, chair of the judging panel (the Carnegie medal winner is selected by 13 librarians from around the UK). "To be able to write like that when she was going through what she was going through is just astonishing — the sheer beauty of the language, the descriptions of the environment; she has such an amazing sense of place."
In addition, artist Catherine Rayner received the Kate Greenaway medal for children's book illustration for her book Harris Finds His Feet.
- My Cat's Home Companion: The July 6th broadcast will be the 35th anniversary of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
The performance marks 35 years since Keillor's public radio variety show debuted on July 6, 1974, at Macalester College in St. Paul. That show, broadcast live, was watched by about a dozen people. "A Prairie Home Companion" is now heard on nearly 600 public radio stations nationwide, attracting more than 4.3 million listeners a week.
One such listener is my cat. I leave the radio on for him when I'm not home, tuned to NPR (he's really smart about current world events). When I come home on Saturday afternoons, he looks at me with a bit of a scowl — and those tend to be the hack-up-hairball days. Sorry, kitty.
- Your Mildly Productive Weekend Time-Waster: The Worst Review Ever, a blog on which authors share the worst customer reviews they've received on sites like Amazon.
This book could not be any more predictably and derivatively chick-lit if it was physically passed from Oprah's uterus onto paper made out of Helen Fielding's afterbirth. This book is bad. Like...worse than offensive to the senses. It's a holocaust of prose.
"A holocaust of prose" may just go down in infamy among negative reviews. It actually burns the eyes to read it...
Book News Round-up:
- Happy 35th birthday to the bar code, which not only made retail checkout ever so much more convenient, but also inspired a vast array of cool posters, ads, and book covers, plus a ton of really stupid tattoos.
- Fans of genteel Victorian-era romance and zombie mayhem alike will be delighted by the news that Quirk Books is publishing a special hardcover Deluxe Edition of its bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in October.
The "deluxe" part means 13 new full-color illustrations, a preface from author Seth Grahame-Smith, and best of all, 30% MORE ZOMBIES! Preorder yours for the holidays.
- Journalist Bradley Graham talks to NPR about his Dick Cheney bio By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld, which is liable to be much more truthful than the "truthiness" of Cheney's just-announced memoir.
- Summer nonfiction suggestions perfect for the beach, or the back deck, or a campground... or anywhere, really. Just because it's summer doesn't mean you have to read outside. But you really should.
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