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Field Trip Friday: April 26, 2012

(hello everyone! this is kirsten hubbard, filling in for the ferociously fabulous kate hart.)


- Yup. It totally happened. New Adult is now an official category on Publishers Marketplace. (Also, Wikipedia.) Shelf Awareness asks: What exactly is New Adult?


- Controversial musician Amanda Palmer pens "A Poem for Dzhokhar" (the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect).

- Walking's some of my favorite writing inspiration. Here are eight writers and the walks that inspired them (illustrated!)

- Author Laurel Garver shares some ways to inject poetry techniques into your prose. 

- Over at Writer Unboxed, agent thoughts on what NOT to do when beginning your novel, such as “Characters that are moving around doing little things, but essentially nothing. Washing dishes & thinking, staring out the window & thinking, tying shoes, thinking.” (Dan Lazar, Writers House)


- Fling a penny in a fountain for E. L. Konigsburg, author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who passed away last Friday. That book made a huge impact on me as a kid, and many of you too, I'm sure.

- Teen book covers, then & now.

- Via io9, Strange Horizons figures out why you've never heard of most female SF authors: because though they're published in approximately equal numbers to men, hardly anybody's reviewing them.

- Related: why some books are reviewed a ton and others, not at all. Also sort of related: this Totally Hip Video Book Review of women's fiction.

- A.S. King's Ask the Passengers wins the Los Angeles Times Book Award for YA. The finalists.

- A West Virginia politician proposes a bill to require science fiction in schools 

- Reliance Entertainment is developing Kristin Cashore's fantastic Graceling Trilogy.

- LOOK LOOK LOOK: Entertainment Weekly shares a very first glimpse of the Divergent film! Also, an aerial pic of an outdoor set.


- Author Helaine Becker blogs about "why information should not -- cannot -- be free".

- "Hi, Author. I love you. I love your books. That's all you need. Don't go to Goodreads. Nothing good can come of it. Daily reminders of why this is so."


- The Writer's Voice is a fun multi-blog, multi-agent contest based on NBC's The Voice.

- Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing has announced their May Pitch+250 Contest.

- Win copies of Shrouded Secrets and The Shadow Harvest by Joel McGrath

- Can you whittle your WIP into a three-sentence pitch? Enter the Three-Two-One Pitch Contest!


- Write K. T. Crowley is organizing an auction with proceeds going to the Boston First Responders Fund. She's seeking donations of ARCs, swag, books, critiques, and more.

- Also! An auction for West, Texas relief.

- What I found in my 5-year-old daughter's diary. As Sarah Enni put it, "ethically questionable but made me tear up."

- Nothing's more delicious than cooking & literature.

- A photographer brings to life the action-packed dreams of a boy afflicted muscular dystrophy. Via Katie Alender. 

- Gross! I'll buy my own drinks, thank you very much. 


cat in shark costume chases baby duck on roomba

- At least he's pretty.

- A six-year-old shares his existential despair.

- Hee hee! (We're ten.)

- Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon gives a dramatic reading of that batshit Delta Gamma sorority letter.

- Photographs of vacuum-wrapped Tokyo couples. I hope they love each other a lot.

- Man talks to turkeys. Turkeys talk back.  

- UAE men deported from Saudi festival for being too handsome.

- I swear the day before this went viral I was explaining to my friends that at age 29, I feel I've sorta outgrown the stage where I'd truly enjoy Coachella. THIS IS WHY.

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. That Ryan Lochte interview was amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stuff that stuck out to me today.

    The bad openings blog post. Sadly, it's making me question everything I've done with my opening (which I have revised a thousand times. It seems like every time I revise it to fit one idea, someone comes up and destroys it with another idea)

    The Snape post. I have felt that way SINCE THE BEGINNING, especially about the teacher thing. I am a teacher myself, and I just want to punch Snape for the way he treats his students.

    The book covers blog post. I posted about book covers recently and it's just interesting to see how they've changed.

    The Ryan Lochte interview. It's amazing that these kinds of people exist...

    Great field trip. YA Highway!


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