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Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 20 March 2012

book news Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 20 March 2012

RIASS stuff:

Im delighted to say that Ive signed with Jen Linnan of Linnan Literary Management for my middle grade novel Spatterbaum and Zitherbother.

A review of'Mr Toppit: what if AA Milne's Christopher Robin had lived now?

Audiobooks and reading: do you read to block out noise?

Coming up: a review of'Lady Violet Winters: The Man with Tiger Eyes, a guest post from Kate Forsyth, an interview with Joel Naoum from Momentum publishing, and interviews with Michael Grant and Richard Hine.

Just a note that I'll be tango dancing my way through Argentina in April, and would love to receive some guest posts to feature during that time. Feel free to drop me a line at News and general bookish bits and pieces are also welcome!

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Other bookish stuff:

Lauren Oliver Australian tour dates:
Melbourne: ' ' The Sun Bookstore, Thursday 29 March @ 4:30pm

Details: ' ' ' ' ' ' ''Afternoon tea, talk, Q&A, signing
Address:'''''''''''''The Sun Theatre,'8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville



Brisbane: ' ' ' ' 'Dymocks Brisbane, Friday 30 March @ 4:30pm

Details: ' ' ' ' ' ' ' 'Starts with a signing at 16:30 for those that are there, then followed by a talk at 5pm, Q&A after that.

Address:''''''''''''' 177 Albert St Brisbane


Sydney:'''''''' ' ' ' 'The Children's Bookshop, Tuesday 3 April @ 4:30pm

Details:'''''''''''''''' 16:30 ' Meet and Greet ' afternoon tea provided

16:40-17:10 ' Talk/Reading

''17:10-17:20 ' Q&A, followed by signings''''''''''''''

Address:''''''''''''' 6 Hannah St, Beecroft


Why the book and the internet will merge:'Why is it that only certain kinds of words and sentences are supposed to get sent to printers, stamped in ink on a page, stuffed and bound between covers, and sold in physical stores? (Or, sold through a Kindle, for that matter?) Why is it that other kinds of words and sentences are instead supposed to get typed into a keyboard, sent to a server somewhere, and then transmitted in one way or another to appear on the screens of computers and smartphones of readers around the world?

Libraries need ebooks, too:'The ease of downloading also means people dont have to go to libraries for e-books, which raises questions about the future of libraries. But they are more than just book warehouses. For example, the jobless go the library to hunt for employment on the Internet. Libraries help bridge the digital divide between those who have computers and those who dont. Their programs for young children, teenagers, and adults promote literacy. And visits by popular authors to a public library are significant cultural events.

The neuroscience of your brain on fiction:'The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that 'runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.' Fiction ' with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions ' offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people's thoughts and feelings.

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Beautifully Desolate Pop-Up Books by Andreas Johansson

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A flaw in Pinterest's potential Fair Use argument

Aurealis 2011 finalists announced!

Women writers and politics in the 1930s

Kate Forsyth chats to Booktopia about her newest novel

Could Translated Genre Books Other than Thrillers Sell?

Quirk Books has a list of its favourite marriage proposals. The fiance and I may or may not be on this list

Top 10 Fiction and Nonfiction Books 1966 Versus 2012

Filched from Twitter: an awesome Keep Calm sign:

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  1. Congratulations Stephanie! That is awesome news!

  2. Stephanie /

    Thanks, Marg! I may have to put the brakes on the reviewing down the track, but well see. :)

  3. Whispering Gums /

    And congrats from me too Great achievement. Thanks too for the link.

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