Friday, June 15, 2012

Notes from the Literary World

I hope that all of you are having a fantastic week and are enjoying your current read.  Here is a round-up of some of the things from the literary world that have caught my eye over the past few days:

- Got some extra pocket money?  Here's a website that specializes in collectible books as well as 1st and signed editions.  A second printing of Cry, the Beloved Country, a first edition of Marilynne Robinson's award winning novel Housekeeping, a signed copy of Fahrenheit 451...any of these can be yours.  Just be prepared to spend a nice amount.

- The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the rise of fan fiction in the mainstream.  Though there is a long history of fan fiction, it is only now becoming accepted as a real publishing option both by the reading public as well as the authors whose works form the basis of the stories.  It will be interesting to see where this genre goes in the next few years. 

-2012 has been an incredible year for the city of London.  Between Dickens' 200th birthday, Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, and the summer Olympics, London is one happening place.  Whether you are planning a trip there or simply have a hankering to add some of it to your literary diet, Cynthia Crossen has some recommendations for novels set in that great city.

-Ever wondered exactly what kind of place your favorite author grew up in?  Here is a slideshow of the childhood homes of 20 famous authors.

-Summer is here which means it's time for family vacations.  Which means it's time for horrendously long car rides where the most frequent words spoken are, "Are we there yet?".  Adam Boertz at NPR has compiled a list of audiobooks that will help the time spent in the car fly by.

-The teaser trailer is out for the film version of Les Miserables which is coming out this December.  Looks like it could be good.

-If your dad likes to read, and if you are just now remembering that Father's Day is this Sunday, then head over to the Daily Beast for a list of the 13 best books for dad for 2012.

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