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Book Bits: Gabriel García Márquez, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ Discover Awards, ‘The Summer Prince’

worldbookIf you live in the UK, you might be out celebrating World Book Day today, helping kids get into the habit of reading. According to its website, “World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind, anywhere. Millions and millions of book vouchers given out, great free books for kids, excitement everywhere (on blogs, in newspapers, on TV and in schools, libraries and, of course, bookshops), people coming together (including lots and lots of young readers) in a big, loud, happy celebration of reading. And we really do want you to help make this March 7th 2013 the best World Book Day ever.”

If you don’t live in the UK, you can still read a story to your kids tonight.

  1. penamericaNews: PEN’s New Officers and Trustees Announced – “PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, announced yesterday at its Annual Members’ Meeting the newly-elected and reelected officer trustees of the Board, including John Troubh, Executive Vice President, and Jeri Laber, Vice President. Other newly-elected or reelected trustees of PEN’s Board are Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander, Wendy Gimbel, Erroll McDonald, Elisabeth Sifton, and Andrew Solomon.” PEN/American Center
  2. marquezFeature: Gabriel García Márquez: “Who Taught Me to Write?” by Lindsa L. Richards – “Beloved Colombian writer and Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, did not take a straight line to become one of the world’s most respected novelists. The author of Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude and others started as a newspaper reporter in the late 1940s and into the 50s. ” January Magazine
  3. News: B&N Discover Awards Go to Cheryl Strayed and Amanda Coplin, by Gabe Habash – “The 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Awards went to The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (Harper) for fiction and Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf) for nonfiction. The awards were presented at a ceremony in New York on March 6.”  Publishers Weekly
  4. ozposterFilm Review: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful.’ reviewed by Claudia Puig – “The new spinoff from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz may not be great, exactly, but it is powerfully entertaining.” USA Today
  5. Commentary: A Note to Young Writers: Honor Your Obscurity, by leslieleylandfields – “Very few young writers, musicians, artists value their obscurity. For good reason. We know if we’re to be published in any form, we need an audience, a sizeable audience. We know that most of the time we have to find that audience before that first book contract even lands on our desk. And once it does, and the book is out, we’re tasked to keep racking up bigger numbers.” Wordserve Water Cooler
  6. How To: How to Revise Bullet Lists for Grammatical Consistency, by Mark Nichol – “Bullet lists — distinguished from numbered lists in that they do not imply a priority or chronology in the order in which the list items appear — are useful for when a list becomes too unwieldy to be formatted in line (within a sentence), but just as in a sentence’s in-line list, the bullet list’s grammatical structure should be coherent.”  Daily Writing Tips
  7. summerprinceReview: “The Summer Prince,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, ages 14-18 – “An art project, a rebellion and a sacrifice make up this nuanced, original cyberpunk adventure…Luminous.” Kirkus Reviews
  8. Essay: The Art of Losing, by David McConnell – “Writers often hate talking about the book they’ve just written. On the one hand, books are an exercise in preservation, an old-fashioned sort of external hard drive. But for the author personally, a book can also be an elaborate act of forgetting. I wonder sometimes whether I’m driven to write about certain things, especially difficult things, just so I’ll never have to deal with them again; I’ll capture my subject and be done with it.” The Paris Review
  9. Quotation: “‘You can fall in love with your girlfriend, you can fall in love with your wife, but don’t fall in love with the inventory.’ This advice has led to 15 years of manageable account payables and 12 happy years of marriage.” – Arsen Kashkashian of the Boulder Book Store, Boulder, Colo – ShelfAwareness
  10. reddocReview: “Red Doc>,” by Anne Carson, reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin – “‘Autobiography of Red’ was a novel written in verse, a crossbreed of poetry and prose that retold the myth of Geryon and Herakles, aka Hercules…And now Geryon returns in the sequel, Red Doc>…Red Doc is insightful, whimsical, erotic and sad. “ NPR
  11. Viewpoint: Please Do Not Chillax: Adjoinages and the death of the American pun, by Simon Akam – “am appalled by Bridezillas. I should make it clear that I have never seen an episode of the reality show. I hate Bridezillas for one simple reason: Bride does not rhyme with god. Ergo, Bridezillas is not a functioning pun.” Slate
  12. Feature: Sixty Years of Sterling Wisdom from the “Lord of Publishing,” by Sterling Lord – “What have I learned from my long experience? What wisdom can I impart? Sometimes it’s the unanticipated moments that clarify and offer a larger meaning.” Publishing Perspectives
  13. howtogetrichInterview: Mohsin Hamid (“to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia”), with Steve Inskeep – “On writing a ‘self-help’novel – It started off as a joke. I was in New York, talking with a friend of mine, and we started joking about the idea that sometimes, reading novels felt like hard work, and we were doing it because they were good for us. And I said, ‘Well, you know, I’m going to write my next novel as a self-help book.’ ” NPR
  14. encyclopediaBEssay: Bibliocide: They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel so bad about burning my Britannicas? by Julian Baggini – “No civilised person is supposed to make bonfires of books. ‘Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings,’ wrote the German poet Heinrich Heine in the century before Nazism. Burning books is a sacrilegious act, and the taboo against it particularly binds writers. So what was I doing in a Somerset field lighting a match under the 32 volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica?” aeon
  15. News: New UK Ebook Platform to Allow Readers to Share Titles via Facebook, by Roger Tagholm – “Developed by Scottish mobile technology specialists Evanidus, the service, called Boosh, is built around customers reading titles, then passing them to their Facebook friends who will be given the option to buy.” Publishing Perspectives
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4 thoughts on “Book Bits: Gabriel García Márquez, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ Discover Awards, ‘The Summer Prince’

  1. melindaclayton on said:

    Interesting about Strayed’s book, “Wild.” I started it some time ago but keep putting it down. Having a hard time with it, for some reason.

  2. Smoky Zeidel on said:

    Bill Bryson’s book about hiking the AT was was better than Strayed’s book about the Pacific Crest. And I’m all for the death of “chillax,” “Bridezilla,” and even “ginormous,” but the pun, dead? NEVER!!! 😎

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