Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 11 April 2012

book news Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 11 April 2012

RIASS stuff:

I’m in Argentina right now, but will endeavour to pop in with bookish updates. Until then, it’s scheduled posts galore! If you’d like to contribute something while I’m away, drop me a line at readinasinglesitting AT

Guest post: Best BFFs in Young Adult Fiction by Sarah Billington

Guest post: A blight on the memory of Enid Blyton by Peta Jo

Book review: Barry and the Fairies of Miller Street: 1950s suburbia meets the fantastic
Other bookish stuff:

Voting Opens for the Independent Book Blogger Awards!

Guinea pigs as muses? Well it seems I’ve been inspired A LOT by guinea pigs. Guinea pigs have a special place in my creative life. The very first book I wrote was about a giant guinea pig, and then guinea pigs have featured in small roles in at least 5 or 6 of my other books. And I’ve just written three little books about a guinea pig detective named Alberta, says Ursula Dubosarsky.

Do you have a dirty reading secret? I learned the hard way (that is, through super-awkward interactions) not to pretend I’ve read books I haven’t read, but I’m not above saying I haven’t read something I really have read if it will keep me from getting stuck in a conversation I’m not in the mood for.

From the archives: 1956 Scholastic Writing Award winner Joyce Carol Oates’s short story

SBS Audio and Language Pilipino speaks to author Merlinda Bobis 

Book spine poems

Fashion designers share their 2012 reading lists

HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a third season

Hugo and Gemmell Legend Award announcements

20 cats as fonts

10 Unusual Book Designs


At Glee Books next week: Barbara Mobbs, David Marr and Margaret Harris will discuss Patrick Whites The Hanging Garden


King Arthurs Very Great Grandson trailer

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