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Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 30 March 2012

book news Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 30 March 2012

RIASS stuff:

Have you ever bought a book because another author has blurbed it?

Forthcoming today: a review of Once a Ferrara Wife'(a book with the tagline For betteror for bedding? How can you not love it?)

RIASS will be participating in the forthcoming Lori Foster blog tour. You can'check out the other participants here.

I still have a couple of of bookish quote print-outs (designed in spiffy Art Deco style) left over from my wedding, so if you'd like one, just email your address details to and I'll post one out to you!

Im off on my honeymoon at the end of next week, so if youd like your name up in lights with a RIASS guest post, just drop me a line.

Other bookish stuff:

Aussie author Fiona MacCallum talks ideas and inspiration: They say You can take the girl out of the country but not the country out of the girl. It's certainly true for me. I write about rural and farm life because that's what I know and that's what I have a passion for. Also, by writing about it, in some way I'm probably still processing my thwarted ambition at a psychological level. Beats paying for years and years of therapy!

Adults should read adult books, and should get off our lawns as well!'You can't take an adult seriously when he's debating you over why Twilight vampires are O.K. with sunlight. If my parents had read 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' at the same time as I did, I would have looked into boarding school.

Rodney Libraries'5 fictional friendships mine could be likeif I were a halfway decent friend'Anne [of'Anne of Green Gables] was a little intense, though, because I wouldnt call my BFFs my bosom buddies even though I guess that that is, in essence, what they are. Although there is no way in Hades I would ever'stage Tennysons The Lady of Shalott'with them. No way, no how.

What is the job of speculative fiction'criticism?'Reading SF, then,' is a constant shifting between familiarization and defamiliarization.' Of course, some works play with this shifting, while others try to erase it. It is difficult to reduce what fantastic literature does to one process or discursive maneuver. The easy contrast between Realism and SF, is, as Tidhar notes, a convenience, but also relates to the problem of criticism. This essentialization extends to characterizations of criticism, the idea that non-SF criticism performs the function that SF criticism does not.

A radio interview with Kate Forsyth

Alana Woods on editing: the substantive edit

What does your author photo say about you?

Only vaguely bookish, but I laughed so hard I had to include it: Sex, Aggression & Humour: responses to unicycling

A Hunger Games themed wedding

A directory of book bloggers using Pinterest

Yike, this is setting a high bar for book launches

Adrienne Rich, influential feminist poet, dies at 82

I can only imagine the debate over the installation of this bookshelf

AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers exhibition in San Francisco

Pottermore eBooks Already Showing up on Torrents

One comment

  1. Thanks for the link! Glad you liked the pictures even if it could have used a bit of blood and gory bits. ;)