What a difference a week can make. Whenever I pop onto Twitter or WordPress or even Facebook (thanks, John Green), I’m bombarded with more publishing news and book birthdays (publication days for you non-industry readers) than I can keep track of. I’m sure I’ve missed some major things, and I bet you have to. So every week, I’ll post a roundup of the exciting articles, events, and new releases that have popped up on my radar, and I’m inviting you to share yours as well.
First of all, did you read Meg Cabot’s post in remembrance of 9/11? Cabot, who lived mere blocks from the Twin Towers, posted her memories of that day in a powerful and gut-wrenching blog post. Although the day has now passed, we will never forget, and I highly recommend reading her story here.
In the News
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: My facebook and twitter blew up yesterday morning with the news that J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay for a new Wizarding World movie. It’ no Book 8 (your loyal HP geeks are still waiting here, Jo), but it is the story of textbook author (and Luna Lovegood’s future grandfather-in-law) Newt Scamander 70-ish years before Harry Potter. To tell you the truth, as excited as I am about this, I’m not quite sure what to think. My heart hurts a little at the thought that Rowling might be returning to the Harry Potter realm because of the less than pleasant attention that her two adult books have received. I haven’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling and I speed-read (sped-read?) Casual Vacancy, but while I don’t remember liking the story, her writing was still flawless, so I do hope she’ll keep at it.
#TWDTOPIC TRENDING: This week, my fellow Writer Diaries contributors and I held our inaugural Tuesday Topic chat. We were worried it’d be slow and predicted it’d take a few weeks to drum up enough attention for more that 1/2 hour, but it was a major success. We were trending, you guys. TRENDING! Granted, some people got a little confused and thought we were talking about The Walking Dead, but all in all, it was a great chat about the dual role authors play as reader versus writer. I hope to see you all on Twitter next Tuesday night at 9pm PST / 8pm CST / 6pm EST for the next #twdtopic chat, topic TBD.
JIMMY CARTER & WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Former President Jimmy Carter (and agent Lynn Nesbit) has been shopping his new book proposal around to major publishers this week. Via The New York Times, Carter’s book will deal with the global discrimination against women, which he says is the “world’s most serious, all-pervasive, and largely ignored violations of basic human rights.” I hope really hope this gets published, although I must say (and don’t kill me for this, Grandpa) that I kind of thought Jimmy Carter was dead. Oops.
BOOK BANNED: As the ALA is building up for Banned Book Week, the story has surfaced that author Meg Medina’s YA novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick Press ’13) has been banned by the Cumberland County (NC) School District. Medina, who was initially slated to speak to the students at Cumberland Middle School about bullying, was disinvited after she refused to do the talk without “show[ing] the title of my book, … show[ing] a slide that showed the cover of my book, [or] … us[ing] any coarse language in my presentation.” (Source)
DANGEROUS CREATURES: It was announced on Wednesday that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be reuniting to write a new series, Dangerous Creatures, a spin-off of Beautiful Creatures. The series will revolve around Link and Ridley and will debut with the release of the e-book novella, Dangerous Dreams, on December 17, 2013. The firs full-length novel in the series is set to release in May 2014. Garcie and Stohl will be hosting a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 17 at 4pm PST / 7pm EST. Fans can ask questions using the hashtag #DangerousCreatures.
SINNER: Scholastic announced this week that editor David Levithan has acquired Maggi Stiefvater’s Sinner, a companion novel to her popular series, Shiver. Sinner will feature Cole St. Clair. Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved? Shiver is set to debut July 1, 2014. Levithan has called the manuscript “ingenious, sexy, utterly compelling…. it is a reinvention, with Maggie taking readers to many places they’ve never been with her before.” (Source 1, Source 2)
ON THE GREEN SCREEN: Last, but certainly not least, we look to The Fault in Our Stars. For the last couple weeks, John Green has been tweeting, FBing, and tumbling from the set of TFIOS. Have you been following him? I sure have. He’s been posting pictures, videos, and anecdotes about Ansel (Augustus), Shailene (Hazel), and various other members of the cast and crew. Said John yesterday: “I want to be absolutely clear that the #tfiosmovie is not MY movie; it’s an adaptation made by (MANY) other people. HOWEVER…if TFiOS didn’t exist, I guess there would be no #tfiosmovie. And that means I am indirectly responsible not quite a lot of making out. I’m also kind of responsible for a lot of horrible things happening. So, like, I am kind of their omnipotent God? Not to brag.” You can keep up to date on twitter, facebook, instagram, tumblr, or the movie fansite blog.