Book reviews, new books, publishing news, book giveaways, and author interviews

Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012

book news Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012

RIASS stuff:'

Ill be off getting married to my wonderful fiance tomorrow, so updates over the weekend will be scarce. But never fear, the day will be full of bookish gems such as the following:

quotes7 217x300 Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012quotes1 217x300 Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012quotes4 217x300 Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012quotes5 217x300 Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 23 March 2012

(design based on our wedding invitations from the lovely Beetle&Quill)

When looks covers deceive: is a reader right to feel angry when a book cover is misleading?

A Review of'Lady Violet Winters and the Man with Tiger Eyes'by Karen Wallace: an Edwardian era child sleuth'

Coming up: a review of'Swiss Family Robinson, 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

Feed my inner narcissist by subscribing to our posts! Enter your email address:

Other bookish stuff:

A sneak peek at Steven Kings The Wind Through the Keyhole

Not your aunties book club: German radio station runs event thats part book club, part electro music night: As one of the shows creators says, You dont always have to do serious literature, with hour-long readings. You can add to the experience with a chat or with music and present it in a club-like atmosphere. That way it becomes an experience, which includes getting to know the author. And it stays accessible.'Apparently, Klubbing is one of the most popular book shows on German radio, with more than 300,000 listeners on Friday nights, when the show airs live.

Amazons Trojan horse approach:'There is clearly a case to be made that this is marketing masquerading as philanthropy ' not unusual ' but with the double intent of encouraging silence from the very organizations most likely to be vociferous in objecting to Amazon's predatory actions against independent publishers, distributors and bookstores. In short, a Trojan Horse?

Quick and handy infographic informing us which media professionals are allowed to make stuff up'(fantasy authors = yes! Journalists = no!)

A book lover with a serious organisational streak

Molly Leach discusses the design of the 2012 edition of A Wrinkle in Time

Literary scene tarot

Non-fiction books for Mad Men'loversand drinking games for readers, both from Book Riot

Melbourne Uni Bookshop to close: Co-op bookshop to open in its place (oh, the memories!)

UK Publishers Want VAT on Ebooks to be Slashed to 0% in 2012 budget

20 musicians share which books theyre currently reading

Robot Zombie Frankenstein trailer:

Christopher Walken reading Where the Wild Things Are:


  1. Best wishes for your wedding tomorrow, and for your life together!

  2. Stephanie /

    Thanks so much, Marg. :) Im a wee bit excited

  3. Congratulations.

  4. Stephanie /

    Thanks, Sean :)

  5. OMG! Thanks for posting Christopher Walken reading Where the Wild Thinks Are, it is amazing!! I totally <3 his descriptions of the pictures. Have fun getting mawried! :D

  6. Im sure your fiance was relieved you werent planning on live-blogging from the ceremony! From the invitations, it looks like it was a bookish time, though.
    Loved the drinking games link!

  7. nicole /

    Best wishes to you and your fiance to your wedding! Stay happy and God bless. Looks like your very excited to your wedding..stay in love ?

  8. Stephanie /

    Thanks so much, Jami, Laurie and Nicole! It was a wonderful day. :)

  9. Congrats on your wedding, Stephanie, and best wishes for the future.

    Thank you for the Robot Zombie Frankenstein shout-out. It thrills me to see the robots next to Christopher Walken and The Wild Things.

    • Stephanie /

      My pleasure, Annette! I love the Robot Zombie Frankenstein video :)