This Week in the World of Books

ALA Winners: This week the American Library Association announced all their Book & Media Awards. Three of the major awards were given to Katie DiCamillo, Brian Floca & Marcus Sedgwick. Kate DiCamillo (Flora & Ulysses) was awarded the John Newberry Medal. Brian Floca (Locomotive) received the Randolph Coldecott Medal. And, finally, the Michael L. Printz award was given to Marcus Sedgwick (Midwinterblood).

“Love you madly, Madam Librarain”: Lemony Snicket announced a new annual prize that he intends to award to librarians. The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity will “honour a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.”

Graphic Knowledge: The Angouleme Comic Festival opened in France on Thursday. Roundtable discussions and exhibits saw a number of American comic representatives at this french-language festival supporting language cross-overs within the industry. On that same note, a controversy has come up surrounding  the awarding of The Official Selections prizes. Some contentions have been raised at the number of American titles among the nominees.

Scorsese’s at It Again: Martin Scorsese returns to the world of documentary style film. Still without a title, the news this week is that Scorsese is the midst of filming a documentary about The New York Review of Books.

Interview with Doug Dorst: Vulture interviewed Doug Dorst about his and J.J. Abram’s widely popular novel, S., and talked to him about his thoughts on the culture phenomena it has become. “There is a scenario that, to my way of thinking, makes everything come together. I’m not going to share that, but I thought it was essential for me to have it, because otherwise you’re just making stuff up.”

Brace Yourself, Winter is Coming: HBO released the first 15 images from the upcoming 4th season of Game of Thrones. Shown are images of Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and more.

First Look: At the new Harry Potter theme park from Universal Studios. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will include scale models of the shops and, best of all, a fully functioning Gringotts that will treat guests to a ride through the vaults. Scheduled to open this summer, your normal admission price into the Studios will cover the trip through Diagon Alley.

Will the Frustration Never End?: complied a list of the most sought after out-of-print books. Top of the list? Sex by Madonna.

Lets Get Real: Real Housewife stars from New York and Beverly Hills continue their runs as bestselling authors next month. Carole Radziwill, NY, and Brandi Glanville, Bev. Hills, are releasing new books as well as Aviva Drescher, NY, releasing a memoir in February.

Oh, to dream: NPR Books put together a gallery of great picture books that make you wish you were a kid again.

Copy Cats Galore: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Triology became a “publishing phenomena” in 2009. And, ever sense, it seems authors have enjoyed using the title format. Vulture complied a list, complete with pie charts and bar graphs, showing the 91 Imitators of the title since it’s release.

Quiz!: Monday marked the anniversary of the birth of Lewis Carroll in 1832. The Guardian chose to celebrate what would have been Carroll’s 182nd very-merry unbirthday with a quiz to test your knowledge of his works.

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