- Children's book author James Kennedy, along with the New York Public Library, has organized the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. The deadline is September 15, 2011 to enter—check out the details here, and make sure to watch the fantastic 90-second video of A Wrinkle in Time.
- In more depressing news, author Saundra Mitchell has written an enlightening post about book piracy. Here's a preview of the post: Mitchell's novel Shadowed Summer is going out of print in hardcover because it sells about 10 copies a month. She writes, "By all appearances, nobody wants it anymore. But those appearances are deceiving. According to one download site’s stats, people are downloading SHADOWED SUMMER at a rate of 800 copies a week. When the book first came out, it topped out at 3000+ downloads a week." Isn't that nuts? I know I'm preaching to the choir, but if you don't want to shell out for a book . . . get it at the library! (A tip for those who can't stand waiting on a hold list. Reserve books you read about on The Book Case before their publication dates. I do this all the time, and I hardly ever have to wait for anticipated titles.)
- If you loved the Baby-Sitters Club and you want some laughs, see this post on The Awl about where the characters would be today. (The girls would be 37 now, believe it or not!) A preview:
Once the member known for her collection of “distant” fedoras and head scarves, Claudia is now a graphic designer at a small web development company. She also makes intricate wire jewelry which she sells at traveling craft fairs. She often barters her web design services for pottery and furniture made by fellow local artists.
She owns the entire collection of Sex and the City on DVD.
- It's getting to be time for The Morning News 2011 Tournament of Books! Here's a run-down of the books competing, the rules and the judges.
What links have you enjoyed this week?