Friday Round-Up

Each week I round-up all the (mostly book-related) articles/blog posts/book reviews/websites/videos that entertained me during the week. Enjoy!


New meaning to “hooked on reading” – a German-based publisher is creating tiny books in cigarette packs. Read about it here and here.

A WSJ Speakeasy article: “I’m a Used Bookseller and I’m Not Afraid of E-Books”

Accredited Online Colleges blogged about “10 Literary Trends that Need to Go Away,” and actually, I agree.

Flavorwire article of the week: “The Flavorpill Guide to Fictional Places You Can Visit in Real Life”

Okay, one more: despite some truly awful cover art, take a look at “10 Wonderful Fake Books by TV Characters”

A funny and thoughtful piece on the naming of books (or how to figure out what title the damn thing should have), something I struggle with myself (for all those unpublished manuscripts): “The Name of the Prose”.

From The Awl: “An Illustrated Look at Some of Literature’s Near Brushes With Death”


Forgotten Bookmarks – a website dedicated to the “personal, funny, heartbreaking, and weird things” a used bookseller finds in his books.

Beyond the Margins – from the website: A blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of insight. It offers essays on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. There are tips on creating memorable scenes and great dialogue. Interviews with authors, editors and agents. Humorous pokes at the craft, the industry and at ourselves. A literary magazine run amok.

Books to Movies

First look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham from the newest movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.

Children’s Books

November is Picture Book Month. Go here to help celebrate.

School Library Journal has a fantastic article about the future of children’s picture books: “Make Way for Stories”

In case you haven’t seen it, don’t miss the New York Times “2011 Best Illustrated Children’s Books” list.

And not to be outdone, here’s Publisher Weekly’s “Best Picturebooks of 2011”

A New York Times article about a change in intent and inspiration in children’s chapter books that have a dark side. “No More Adventures in Wonderland”

Alice in Wonderland exhibit at the Tate in London. How I wish I could be there.

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