- In Memoriam: Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, who was renowned for his iconic paintings and cover art for books about Conan, Tarzan, and many more, died today at the age of 82. iO9 has additional links and a gallery of illustrations.
- Booksnatcher: The Gossip Girl books are so scandalous, and teach children such un-Christian values, that they've inspired one conscientious mother to commit theft — or, perhaps, book-napping.
A controversy developed after Tina Harden, a Longwood [Florida] mom, refused to return several of the Gossip Girl books that her teenage daughter checked out from the Lake Mary branch in 2008.
Harden was disturbed by references to sex, drugs and foul language and feels the material is inappropriate for minors.
She wants the library to put a warning label on four of the titles, one from the "Gossip Girl" series and one from the "It Girl" series....To make her point, Harden has refused to return the books to the library and has racked up $85 in fines and is getting calls from a bill collector.
Harden should enjoy a couple of new book series coming out for teens: Censorship Girl and Girls with Overprotective Mothers Who Inflict Their Value Systems On Everyone Else. Sure to be big hits.
Book News Round-up:
- Happy Children's Book Week!
- New York magazine chats with Chuck Palahniuk as his new novel, Tell-All, hits stores.
- NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday speaks with onetime Project Runway finalist Laura Bennett, a mother of six who has just published her book Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother's Guide to Sanity in Stilettos.
- Publishers Weekly looks at who's who in the publishing twitterverse. Check out who's got the biggest following!
- Meanwhile, President Obama thinks Twitter — along with technological toys like the iPad, iPod, Xbox, and the like — are just huge time-wasters. He'll be singing a different tune when they finally release the Republican filibuster-smashing app.
- ZDNet proclaims: "Enough with the Kindle knockoffs!" Yeah! Where are the iPad knockoffs, already?!
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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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