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Book News Tuesday: Mockingbird Turns 50, Bringing Sex Back, and More

  • Happy Birthday, To Kill a Mockingbird! Harper Lee's classic turns the big 5-0 this year.

    The New York Times has a round-up of all the big parties, including:

    Perhaps the largest concentration of celebrations for the book are in Monroeville, which calls itself the "literary capital of Alabama" after its most famous resident, the "Mockingbird" author Harper Lee. The city is planning four days of events, including silent auctions, a walking tour of downtown, a marathon reading of the book in the county courthouse and a birthday party on the courthouse lawn.

    The Times also notes that publisher HarperCollins "plans to issue four new editions of the novel next month, each with a different cover."

  • The Joy of Sex: Can't get enough Sex and the City? Well, you're about to find out:

    It is an exciting moment for fans of this franchise — the millions of women and gay men out there who've had to content themselves for the last decade and a half with a character perpetually single and frozen in her thirties. On movie screens this Friday, Carrie makes her debut as a full-blown grownup, married, and contending with recession-era financial constraints. And on the page, we finally get to meet the virginal Carrie, literally pre-Sex.

    The last comes courtesy of The Carrie Diaries by Sex creator Candace Bushnell.

    Aimed at a young-adult readership à la Gossip Girl, the book looks at our lady before she got her Louboutins, when she was just starting on the path to a glamorous New York City adulthood: her first dalliances with writing and sex, her preternatural dancing skills, her nascent feminism.

    There is, of course, one big difference between The Carrie Diaries and Gossip Girl: Diaries takes place in the '80s! So, even though it's consumed with superficial matters like fashion and fleeting romance and rampant consumerism, it has a nostalgic edge.

Book News Round-up:

  • Time's "Tuned In" blog has compiled a host of reactions to the Lost finale from all corners of the net. They range from "Beautiful and heartwrenching" to "gauzy, vaguely religious, more than a little mawkish," right up to "a masterpiece."
  • Couldn't get to Book Expo America? Don't cry — neither could most of us! Luckily, there are blogs like GalleyCat to fill us in.
  • You can stick your gloom and doom in a sack, 'cause book sales were up 16.6% in March, thanks in large part to ebooks (sales of which rocketed 184.8% over last year).

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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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3 Responses to "Book News Tuesday: Mockingbird Turns 50, Bringing Sex Back, and More"

    Miss Gretchen May 25th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Bolton, re: lists of LOST reactions, the faithful Powell's readers are talking here
    and here
    I have plenty to add, but only if others are interested in discussing it here. Don't want to be a bitter spambot (and to think that the Smoke Monster didn't end up to be a bitter spambot! http://tinyurl.com/29nxphs )

    manwith7talents May 25th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Man, that reminds me of all the killer parties I used to have with Harper Lee, Salinger and Pynchon. Good times.

    Chris A. Bolton May 26th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Thanks, Miss Gretchen! Glad to see the Lost faithful remain active despite J Wood's absence. Looks like the discussions are alive and well (and lively!).

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