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Book News, Reviews, and Musings 19 September 2010

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News, Reviews, and Musings is a new daily feature. Feel free to chime in, or to'tweet/email us if we've missed something that you'd like to see featured.


Amazingly prolific author Jane Yolen has written her 300th book! At least she can afford the treatment for her carpal tunnel

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future competition winners have been announced.

Check out this new website for The Rosie Black Chronicles, a book well be reviewing in the coming weeks.


Jody Keplinger tells us what surprised her most about reader reactions to her new book The Duff.

Review website Bitten By Books interviews paranormal romance author CE Murphy

Tall Tales and Short Stories chats with debut author Alex Keller about his steampunk YA Haywired (which well be reviewing at some point)

Cynsations chats with debut author Eden Maguire about the writing and promotion of her book Beautiful Dead.


David Varno at Worlds Without Borders reviews the work of much-lauded Chilean author Roberto Bolagno.

Charlottes Library goes back in time to reread and review one of her childhood favourites, The Valley of Song by Elizabeth Goudge

The Paris Review recommends some summer reads for bored and bookish teens.


Kirsten Miller, author of Kiki Strike (which we reviewed here) chats with Melissa C Walker about the cover design of her newest book.

Popular books blog Book City City breaks down the various romance subgenres and gives a fairly frank description of each.

Yale Press asks are the humanities slipping away?

SF Signal asks its readers to identify the best female characters in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.

Heather ONeill talks about falling for literary characters, particularly those not usually considered boyfriend material, like Dostoyevskys Raskolnikov.

In the Guardian, DJ Taylor reflects on the complex tradition of the Catholic novel and wonders why it holds such (selling) power.

Just for fun

Gail Carriger shows off her sartorial splendour, showing us exactly'how she managed to turn so many heads at AussieCon 4.

And Think Geek shows us that reading can be dangerous (if youre a bookmark, or a character in a Ray Bradbury novel)

Author birthdays

Happy birthday William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies.

Quote of the day

Dave Eggers on Youth Literacy Day: a young persons success istied to their ability to express their ideas clearly and powerfully.

Beautiful book cover of the day

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  1. Thanks for including me in your round-up of excellent links!

  2. Stephanie /

    My pleasure, Charlotte! Your blog is a must-read for me :)

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