Friday, July 19, 2013

Favorite Bookish Miscellany of the Week--19 July 2013

J.K. Rowling Outed as Author of "Debut" Thriller

The most exciting story in the book world this week--in the opinion of this humble reader--is the outing of J.K. Rowling as the author of crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling by first-time author Robert Galbraith. The book, which had a small first printing, is sold out everywhere, and has gone back to press for a second printing of 300,000. Who leaked the news? Rowling expressed dismay that her identity had been revealed, and speculation was that Rowling's publisher or agent may have done so as a buzz feeder but no, it turns out it was a friend of the wife of a solicitor at the law firm representing her. Presumably, heads will roll. Not only were booksellers and readers desperately scrambling to find copies, but hilarity was ensuing all over the interwebs, as Rowling was outed as dubstep producer Burial and then--wheels within wheels--Newt Gingrich was outed as Rowling. Some even got into the prediction business, regaling us with speculation as to what ol' Jo will do next.

I know I can't wait to read The Cuckoo's Calling. If you're eager to read it and want to reserve your copy from the Book Frog, you can either go to our webstore and pre-order it, or give us a call at the store (310.265.2665) and have us hold a copy for you.

BookVibe--a New App for Booklovers

From the New York Times Bits blog, news of an app that will scour the accounts you follow on Twitter for book news. I just finished reading the article and so haven't had a chance to investigate the app for myself...but I'll let you know when I do.

The Big Idea: Chris Kluwe

If you don't follow author John Scalzi's (Redshirts, The Human Division) blog Whatever, you really should. Scalzi's a free-ranging kind of a blogger, roving from social issues to science fiction fandom to his own work to...whatever. On a semi-regular basis he turns the blog over to somebody else for a "big idea" column, and this week football player (I'm told he's a punter, tho' I've no idea what that means) Chris Kluwe takes over the keyboard. Kluwe--who crashed into my field of vision with the amazing letter he wrote in the Huffington Post in support of a fellow footballer who'd been censured for coming out in favor of marriage equality--recently published Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, a collection of essays and musings. Please read his Big Idea column, then be sure to follow Scalzi's blog. Oh, then come in and buy the book.

That's it for this week...I decided on the spur of the moment to implement this new weekly feature, and so hadn't really been saving up articles to share. More next Friday!

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