THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
Banned Book Week! James Klise relates the irony of being uninvited from a Banned Books Week event, Incidental Comics has a great illustration, and Sayantani DasGupta marks the occasion with a discussion about the importance of story and LGBT books (via Michelle Schusterman). Rachel Seigel ponders the difference between gatekeeping and censorship, Lee Wind shares ways to get involved, and Robie Harris explains why being banned doesn't keep her from writing.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Nova Ren Suma shares her experience watching an admired author speak, and wants to know which authors have made a difference to you.
- Open defiance! Flames of anarchy! And 24 other ways to get your creative groove back, from Chuck Wendig. Brainpickings has an interesting and less profanity-filled list of ways to break through creative block (via Sara Zarr).
- Rachel Blackmon sent us her post on avoiding "to be" verbs wherever possible. Head over and tell her if you agree!
- Writers are only #4 on the list of most-coffee-drinking professions. That can't be right.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Is Karou dead? The first seven chapters of Laini Taylor's Days of Blood and Starlight are available for free!
- Cracked has four ways high school can make you hate reading (via Steph Sinkhorn).
- Sarwat Chadda talks about "the need to add a little colour to the world of bad-ass action heroes," and Nandini Bajpai is compiling 100+ recent young adult book covers that feature person/s of color.
- Be sure to nominate your favorite read of 2012 for a Cybils award! If you're in Australia, you can also help pick the winner of the 2012 Inky Awards!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Lots of talk this week about Lena Dunham's $1 million book proposal, which had shot past $3mil by the end of the week.
- Editor Liesa Abrams shares the emotional process of editing Mindi Scott's Live Through This.
- What makes a book sell? Agent Jill Corcoran has the answer.
- Agent Sarah LaPolla warns against the idea of a "dream agent."
- Dianne Salerni lists the dos and don'ts of launching a book, while Hilary Smith shares parts one and two of "How Not To Be Awkward at Book Festivals."
- PW has an inside look at the Austin Teen Book Festival.
- Bookshelvers Anonymous takes a look back at Borders, one year later.
THIS WEEK ON SCREEN
- The cast of The Princess Bride reunited in celebration of the movie's 25th anniversary (via my sister :) ).
- EW had the first look at Daniel Radcliffe with horns for his appropriately-titled new movie, Horns.
- Lili Loofbourow looks at television's subversion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.
- Why is Lee Pace dressed like a "feral Seattle DJ"? The Fug Girls take a look at the latest poster for Breaking Dawn (and the comments are equally fantastic).
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Rin Chupeco alerted us to a proposed Cybercrime Prevention law in the Philippines that has some scary loopholes and repercussions.
- Students at the University of Texas protested a series of bleach-filled balloon attacks aimed at minority students.
- Taylor Swift responded to a 4Chan prank by prompting $50,000 in donations to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf.
- The Washington State Board of Education (WSBE) unanimously passed a resolution to end the use of Native American mascots in Washington state’s public schools. Way to go, Washington!
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- To celebrate the launch of her novel The Stars Fell Sideways, Cassandra Marshall is offering "the fall free substantial edit contest"!
- Theresa McClinton is hosting a "Book Blast Giveaway"!
- The YA Book Queen is giving away a copy of Eve and Adam!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Bad Lip Reading: The Hunger Games
Have a great weekend!