I don’t know about you, but I spent all of last week glued to Twitter, following the manhunt in Boston, the explosion in West Texas and the earthquake in China. I knew the Pulitzers had been announced (and that this year’s board had avoided last year’s misstep in the Fiction category) but until this
By now, nearly all book lovers have heard that on Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced this year’s awards, declining to award a prize in the fiction category. The interwebs have been jumping with reactions, some outraged, some quiet, some helpful, some not. Here are some of the more interesting (to me) opinions for
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a new survey that looks at readers of ebooks. The report shows that 21% of American adults say they have read an ebook in the last year, which is up from 17% just last December 2011 (after the holiday season). The survey holds several interesting
The Coffins of Little Hope is Timothy Schaffert’s fourth book but apparently the first one to garner a review in the New York Times. Published by one of my favorite small presses, Unbridled Books, the novel releases in hardcover on April 19. I’ve heard bits and pieces about this novel, but the NYT review
What we say online does not go away. Once you go medieval on a reviewer, you can't take it back. You can own what you did (and hopefully avoid making it worse) and apologize. You can make the rest of your online history one of grace and demonstrate that you learned from the experience.
Have you read Joanne Kaufman’s “How Authors Move Their Own Merchandise” in the Wall Street Journal? She documents how authors are offering free books, iPods, and even sex toys to boost sales in an increasingly crowded marketplace. As an author who has thus far worked with small publishers with even smaller marketing budgets, I
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human is the newest (January 2011) by V. S. Ramachandran. If you listen to WNYC’s Radiolab podcast, you’ll recognize the name of the author. Ramachandran is an amazing neuroscientist whose regular appearance on Radiolab often comes with not only a cool accent but also mind-wrinkling
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you will notice a significant change, with the most obvious being that of design. The new design offers more structure, more room for social media, and a better use of a featured post-slider at the top. The most important change, however, is that The Discarded