Banned Books Week

Filed under: News — marcia at 11:12 pm on Monday, September 29, 2008

This week is Banned Books Week. Let’s read some controversial literature! I am continually surprised that people still try to ban Mark Twain.

According to the American Library Association, more than 400 books were challenged in 2007. The 10 most challenged titles were:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Word Pirates, the movie trailer

Filed under: Fun — marcia at 7:18 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Joy and I made this video as a ‘coming attractions’ trailer to show before the second Word Pirates reading extravaganza, which was held back in May. Enjoy! More piratey good times to come.


UPDATE: The trailer credits video is now up, too.

Lauren Conrad gets book deal, causes aneurysm

Filed under: News — marcia at 7:06 pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

HarperCollins, come on! Lauren Conrad, star of reality show “The Hills” and possibly the most boring person on television, signed a book deal for a fiction series based on her life. Lots of people like Wonder Bread. Maybe it should write a book.


David Foster Wallace online

Filed under: News — marcia at 7:30 am on Monday, September 15, 2008

David Foster Wallace — author of “Infinite Jest” and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” among many other works — died last week. In his memory, Harper’s Magazine has collected full versions of pieces he wrote for the magazine here. The Los Angeles Times scouted YouTube for video interviews of him and put the best of them here for easy viewing. Definitely an original talent, it is a shame to lose him so young from what police say was a suicide.


From the Golden Age …

Filed under: News — marcia at 9:56 am on Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The New York Times has an excerpt from “The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Publishers, Their Editors and Authors” about how editor Robert Giroux (who recently passed away) missed the chance to publish “The Catcher in the Rye.”

I gave [my boss at Harcourt, Eugene Reynal] the book to read. He didn’t like it, didn’t understand it. He asked me, “Is this kid in the book supposed to be crazy?” …“Gene,” I said, “I’ve shaken hands with this author. I agreed to publish this book.”

“Yes,” he said, “but, Bob, you’ve got to remember, we have a textbook department.” And I said, “What’s that got to do with it?” He said, “This is a book about a kid going to prep school.” So he sent it to the textbook people, who read it and said, “It’s not for us.” …