Friday, April 4, 2014

Book News Roundup: April 4, 2014

April Fool!

There were a number of good book-related April Fools' Day pranks this year, but far and away the best has to go to Tor.com, which posted this about an upcoming new series from J.K. Rowling--to focus on the school experience of Colin Creevey, a minor character in the Harry Potter series. For just a moment my heart soared with joy...

National Poetry Month

April may be the cruellest month (to use T.S. Eliot's anglophilic spelling in The Waste Land), but it's also National Poetry Month. Knopf Doubleday's The Borzoi Reader is once again publishing a Poem-A-Day, right to your inbox. Click the link and enjoy poetry throughout the month!

The Death of the Independent Bookstore

has been greatly exaggerated, according to this article in Salon.com. Well, we're very happy to hear it.

Westeros is Hot

(Even if winter is coming.) This Sunday's premier of the fourth season of Game of Thrones--the best TV adaptation of a book series in the history of the medium--has engendered a spate of articles. Warning: some of the articles contain spoilers, so heed the warnings!
  • From Huffington Post Books, "The 7 Wildest Theories About Game of Thrones". I have yet to finish the series yet (just started A Clash of Kings, the second book), so I have absolutely no idea how far out or reasonable many of these are.
  • Tor.com (definitely my favorite science fiction website) has had a spate of terrific articles. Here are a smattering: Bridget McGovern on GoT nicknamesa refresher of what's happened on the series, from Stubby the Rocket; Leigh Butler has been working through a Song of Ice and Fire reread

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