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April 1, 2009

News about Kindle, Stephenie Meyer, Facebook


As we are wont to do when there are a ton of literary stories in the news, it's a news roundup!* 

Stephenie Meyer confronted Stephen King at a literary convention in Vancouver last month. She reportedly told the 61-year-old horror master that both he and his beloved Red Sox were "bitter old hacks." Neither King nor Red Sox officials were available for comment.

Librarians in Southern California have joined with independent booksellers to protest the Kindle 2, Amazon's new e-book reader. Fearing that the growing popularity of the Kindle 2 and other e-book readers will lead to job cuts for librarians and a drop in sales at book stores, the protesters staged a symbolic Kindle burning in a Los Angeles park. 

Sarah Schmelling has written an entire book rewriting classics in the Facebook newsfeed style. The book is slated for an August release, and has been titled Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook. Schmelling listed The Great Gatsby and Lolita as just a couple of books included in her book.

Neil Gaiman's Blueberry Girl was originally conceived as a sequel to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but his publisher determined it would be a bit difficult to make the title character redeemable. Gaiman's touching poem wishing the title character happiness was the resulting compromise.

J.K. Rowling has announced a new book in Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter and the Grim Economic Outlook. The wizard's foes are rumored to include a deadly, sharp-toothed loan shark and the slinking Escrow, a large raven who lurks around the Potter family home.

*And in this case, we are wont to lie, lie, lie. 

Happy April Fools Day!

Of course, there is a twist: ONE of these stories is actually true. If you can figure out which one it is, you'll get a copy of Armageddon in Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut's posthumous collection of writings on war and peace.

Posted by Nancy Knight at 6:00 AM | | Comments (5)


My guess is that the Kindle story is the true one.

Things are always changing and evolving. We have to find ways to look toward the future.

Just as the 8 track killed the record, cassette tape killed the 8 track, the CD killed the cassette tape, MP3s killed the CD.

Slowly print books will be replaced as well as most all things in print form. Electronic and technology is the wave of the future and at the same time is more eco friendly (improving with time).

End of story.

My first reaction to this was Puh-leeze! NOT more of the 12-year-olds, with the horrendious spelling and non-existent grammar!

The Schmelling book actually has potential for great humor. I'm going to say that's the true story because I can't stand the thought of anyone - least of all, librarians - burning books or book substitutes. Much too Nazi Germany.

Kindle story gets my vote.

Pretty easy.

#1 -> Fake. Meyer is in Vancouver for work on the next movie. King is not there for a convention becasue the convention is in October.

#2 -> Fake. Libraries embraced eBooks long ago and now loan them.

#3 -> Real. She's already done Hamlet and others.

#4 -> Fake. Comes from Violet Beauregarde being called Blueberry Girl on the Internet.

#5 Fake. Uh.. obvious.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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