- Last week's guest blogger Gary Shteyngart is tonight's guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, discussing his new novel Super Sad True Love Story.
- Pop singer Justin Bieber is writing a memoir to share the wealth of experience and knowledge he's gained in his 16 years of life. According to the YouTube sensation, "This is just another way for me to say thank you to my fans." Which, I'm guessing, means the book will be free — because how do you charge people money to thank them?
- Neil Gaiman has won another lawsuit against artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. Gaiman alleged that two characters McFarlane created were almost identical to the ones Gaiman had created earlier, and for which McFarlane is supposed to pay him a share of royalties. The judge scratched off the "almost" part and handed the decision to Gaiman.
- This may not be book news — although it would certainly affect a great many books about dinosaurs — but it seriously blows my mind to hear researchers conclude that Triceratops "may never have existed," but "may actually be a juvenile form of the torosaurus (not an entirely different species)." All my childhood fantasies of Triceratops battling T. Rexes are crumbling in my mind. Next they'll claim dragons never fought unicorns!
- NPR interviews Sam Wasson, author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, about all the things listed in that subtitle.
- Here's a video of True Blood at this year's San Diego ComicCon. For all you folks who like that horny-southern-vampire show.
- Real, actual, honest-to-Bieber bookmakers' odds on this year's Man Booker Prize finalists. For those Marge Simpson-sized gambling addicts who really just need something — anything! — to put money on.
- The Innsmouth Free Press has an open call for submissions to a new Historical Lovecraft anthology. Got any stories about cyclopean-evil-squid-gods wearing frilly shirts and white gloves? Now's your chance!
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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