Book Bits: Children’s Book Week, ‘Barefoot Dogs,’ James Patterson, ‘American Sniper’
All 50 states have scheduled events for Children’s Book Week between May 4 and 10. according to the event’s website, “Attendees receive complimentary Children’s Book Week posters and tote bags (while supplies last). ” Click on the poster to go to the site and learn what will be happening in your area.
The Indie’s Unlimited series about bad publishers continues this week with an article by Melinda Clayton. She focuses on things you can do to keep what happened to her from happening to you. (Item 4)
- News: Cayman officials end sea search for Massachusetts comic book artist – “GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Authorities in the Cayman Islands have ended a search for a U.S. comic book artist who went missing while snorkeling with his wife during a vacation. A Saturday evening police statement says authorities in the British Caribbean territory have ended their active search for Norman Lee of Weymouth, Massachusetts.” Fox News
- Interview: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (“Barefoot Dogs”) – “Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s new book Barefoot Dogs is billed as a collection of short stories, but it could easily be called a novel. Each piece provides a perspective on one horrific event: the abduction of the patriarch of a wealthy Mexican family by a drug gang.” NPR See also, the Kirkus Interview.
- News: James Patterson pledges $1.25 million to school libraries, by Ron Charles – “Just a few months ago, James Patterson finished giving away $1 million to more than 175 independent bookstores nationwide. Now, the bestselling thriller writer is turning to schools with a similar grant program.” The Washington Post
- Viewpoint: Bad Publishers: How Can I Protect Myself? by Melinda Clayton – “I’ve known for a while now that Indies Unlimited planned a month of posts regarding bad publishers. Some know my story, but not most. I’m under a “gag” order, you see. The specific words of my termination contract were: “In addition, the author agrees not to discuss the Author’s Group or any information from that group, or discuss [redacted], nor speak as an agent or former agent of the publisher, either by verbal, written, or electronic communication with any persons, groups, or agents, either publicly or unsolicited, and [redacted] will adhere to the same standard. And I haven’t, not in nearly two years.” Indies Unlimited
- News: ‘American Sniper’s’ Robert Lorenz Signs First Look Deal with WB; Sets New Film with Jason Hall – “Following the success of “American Sniper,” Warner Bros. is looking to stay in business with each of the major players that were involved with the film and producer Robert Lorenz seems to be next in line to reap the benefits of the film’s accolades.” Variety
- News: Independent Bookstore Day – “More about the first Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place May 2 concurrently with the second California Bookstore Day: In a release, Independent Bookstore Day organizers note that bookstores across the country will hold a range of events to celebrate, including “readings, raffles, scavenger hunts, story times, music, parties, food trucks, and literary trivia,” and will offer 16 limited-edition, exclusive books and works of art.” Shelf Awareness
- News: HarperCollins Expands Spanish-Language Publishing Efforts, by Rachel Deahl – “HarperCollins is creating two new Spanish-language publishing divisions: HarperCollins Español and HarperCollins Iberica. With the move, HC will increase the number of Spanish-language titles it publishes, as HarperCollins Español will do roughly 50 titles a year in the Americas, and HarperCollins Iberica will release about 30 titles a year in Spain and Portugal.” Publishers Weekly
- Review: “Girl in a Band,” a memoir by Kim Gordon – “The blonde enigma from the band that spoke softly and carried a big noise tells her story, from art-chick beginnings to success to marital and musical catastrophe…Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind.” Kirkus Reviews
- How To: Using Names in Fiction – 4 tips, by Beth Hill – “We’ve already looked at considerations for naming characters, so we’re going to focus on something different regarding character names in this article. As a matter of fact, we’re going to look at four issues concerning character names.” The Editor’s Blog
“I dearly loved Eulalie and Willie, I could easily have been friends with them both. The more I read the name Eulalie the more I adored it. It has a beautiful rhythm and made me smile every time I read it. Eulalie was a wise woman and deserved the respect she was given. Kudos to Malcolm R. Campbell for a story well told.” – BigAl’s Books & Pals