This Week in the World of Books

Lots of awards and finalists were announced this week. The three Story Prize Finalists were announced; NBCC announced it’s 30 finalists for the best books of 2013 as well as awarded A Constellation of Vital Phenomena the first ever John Leonard Prize; Mystery Writers of America announced it’s list of 2014 Edgar Awards nominees; and Sinead Morrissey wons the TS Eliot Prize.

The Digital Book World Conference is in full swing. At a panel on Wednesda booksellers, librarians, and editors from around the country discussed the future of bookstores and libraries. Among other topics, they talked about the role of bookstores and libraries in community building and how connecting with humanity is a large part of what books are  about.

Japan’s Parliament will begin to implement taxes in 2015 for overseas servers. This means customers will now be charges sales tax when they shop with such online retailers as Amazon, making it a more level playing field for Japanese businesses.

Kate DiCamillo was sworn in as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She’ll be at the post for 2 years touring the country and encouraging all children’s literacy.

W. W. Norton announced a new book from Micahel Lewis, the bestselling author of Moneyball. Flash Boys is slated to be released March 31.

Candlewick knows a great team when it sees one. They signed bestselling children’s authors Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen for a new picture book, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. This is the second collaboration between the two authors.

OR Books has brought Gordon Lish to bear on the twitterverse. “We hope that unleashing the Gordonlishbot on Twitter will help do for social networking what Mr. Lish did for an entire generation of writers and thinkers: shock them into paying attention to the smallest, most basic components of their craft at all times,” says Justin Humphries of OR Books. Use the hashtag #attacksentence to see what you’re made of.

FlavorWire put out a list this week of the,”25 Women Poised to Lead the Culture in 2014.” Three notable novelists make the list: Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Helen Oyeyemi (Boy, Snow, Bird) and Laura Lippmann (After I’m Gone).

Don’t fret if you’ve already broken your New Year’s Resolution. Flavorwire has some inspiration in the form of 50 novels that will make you a better person. So, get crackin!

In the realm of books & visual media:

A trailer for the new Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd movie They Came Together made the rounds this week. It features their characters in a bookstore, meeting cute over their love of “fiction books”.

Scully’s writing Sci Fi! X-Files star Gillian Anderson will pen a new sci-fi series slated to come out in October.

Lena Dunham makes our list again (and the cover of Vogue) by talking about a new documentary she’s working on centered on Eloise Illustrator Hilary Knight.

And, finally, if you’ve ever been lost in dreams of passionate futures and ghostly, dark pasts, you might find yourself in need of The Toast‘s guide to “How To Tell If You Are In a Bronte Novel.”


And so sums up another week in the wide, wild world of books. Be safe out there this weekend, book lovers, and don’t forget to bring along something to read.

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