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Book News, Reviews, and Musings 23 October 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.

News and features

Bookshop Barnes and Noble has announced that it will be separating out its teen genres to capitalise on the demand for paranormal, fantasy, and adventure'novels.

JK Rowling is the winner of the first Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

Hard Case Crime will relaunch with Titan Books.

The Independent Speculative Fiction Publishers Association has been launched.

Have you checked out the Locus World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners?

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Emma Donohue talks about her Booker-shortlisted novel Room.

Haitian author Edwidge Danticat talks about Haitian literature.

Over at Omnivoracious, Richard Hine is interviewed about crowdsourcing book trailers. (see our review of his novel Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch)


Meghan at the Blue Bookcase reviews Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, and finds she has mixed feeling sabout the book.

Carin B over at Little Bookish reviews The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, and is not entirely impressed by the authors writing style.

Eileen Reynolds looks at The Quaker Capitalist and the Chocolate Factory.


Author CJ Amololu talks about writing issues books for the YA set.

Are magazines and blogs merging?

UK authors ponder the effects of library cuts.

Just for fun

Is this the most hardcore cookbook in the world?

Author birthdays

Happy birthday, 'Augusten Burroughs and Michael Crichton!

Quote of the Day

I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. JRR Tolkien

Beautiful book cover of the day

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  1. I just love Edwidge Danticat, thanks for sharing that link!

  2. Thanks for linking to my review! I appreciate it! The more I talk about The Windup Girl with people who have read it, the more I have come to appreciate it. I figured that would happen. The writing style is still the part I am lukewarm to.

  3. Stephanie /

    My pleasure. Its funny how some books continue to haunt like that. When I read the Life and Times of Michael K a few weeks ago, I was lukewarm about the writing style, but the more I think about it, the more the book seems to give up to the reader. Its a slow burner type of book, and it sounds like the Wind-Up Girl might be like that, too :)

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