This is just some of the bookish news that I’ve read on the ‘net recently:
- The American Library Association (ALA) list of most challenged books for 2008 was released and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini made the list. Critics cited the book as having ‘bad language and sexual content” and inappropriate for age group. I have bookmarked that book to be read this year. Notable mention: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (another must read)
- The NYT offered up an opinion on how I felt about Amazon’s ‘glitch’ asking was it an intentional mistake to exclude, hide, suppress, gay and lesbian work on Amazon by removing sales rankings? Or was it a technological failure? Twitter was all in a rage over the disenfranchising of affected authors which is rightly justified. However, from previous years experience, it is often better to wait and withhold judgement until all the facts are presented. It is so easy to be caught up in the furor of the moment. IOW, don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions.
- Here is a neat article about bloggers who go from “Blog to Print.” The article doesn’t mention this but Sarah Wendall and Candy Tan of the popular blog Smart Bitches and Trashy Novels have written their very first book titled, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels (Paperback) that out in stores now. Believe it or not, most bloggers are being sought out by literary agents these days (who knew):
- Non-book related and not exactly newsworthy in that Oprah has given Twitter her seal of approval. Her first tweet made the news and was dare I say it, unoriginal? Now everybody will be wanting to join Twitter. Maybe that explains why it has been acting so damn wonky of late? Everybody who watches her show now wants an account so that they can follow Oprah? Eye roll to the back of the head.
“There are a lot more agents chasing down hot properties,” she said. Ms. [Karen] McKean, whose clients include Mr. Huh, gravitates toward sites with measurable, consistent traffic. “You can use that information to prove marketability,” she said.