• Flavorwire rounded up some fantastic video and audio clips of authors reading their own works. We're talking Joan Didion (at right), Zadie Smith, William Faulkner, Truman Capote . . . and 11 others!
• Hold onto your hats, Robert Galbraith fans, because J.K. Rowling has announced that her Cormoran Strike crime fiction series will not end with June's publication of The Silkworm. Five additional novels will follow!
• Brit Tim Martin has started a new 26-part weekly Telegraph series he's referring to as an "A to Z of forgotten books" that deserve to be remembered. First up: A is for Ariel by André Maurois, first published in 1923.
• Yes, Valentine's Day is over, and everyone's experiencing some internet-quiz fatigue these days, but no self-respecting bibliophile could pass up BuzzFeed's Which Classic Author Is Your Soulmate? (I, for one, can't wait to watch Before Sunset with my dreamily handsome match, Anton Chekov, at left.)
With just a few days left in February, let's take a look at the March LibraryReads list, which features the 10 books coming out next month that librarians across the country are the most excited about sharing with their patrons.
Coming in at #1 is Laura McHugh's The Weight of Blood, which our reviewer describes as "a tense, taut novel and a truly remarkable debut. . . . a suspenseful thrill ride that satisfies in all the right ways." (Read our full review here, and our interview with McHugh about the book here.)
What do you think, readers? Will any of the March LibraryReads books be going on your TBR list?
• A literary treasure brought to our attention by Open Culture: The British Library has posted a digital copy of Jane Austen's simply delightful parody, "The History of England," which she hand-wrote and illustrated when she was just 15 years old.
• HuffPost presents 8 female characters who deserve their own book. (My addition to the list: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.)
• Ever wondered what sorts of books Bill Gates likes to read? (Some might be a little surprising!)
• J.K. Rowling recently admitted to having a few regrets about the ending of the Harry Potter books, inspiring the folks over at The Millions to round up a slew of other infamous literary second thoughts.
• Stein by Picasso, Zola by Manet—Book Riot offers up 9 portraits of great authors painted by great artists.
Listen up! The Audio Publishers Association has announced the nominees for the 2014 Audie Awards across 29 categories. Two of our own here at BookPage—Julia Steele, our associate publisher, and Sukey Howard, contributing editor who writes our Audio column—will be serving as judges this year, and we certainly don't envy their having to select just one winner from all of the nominees, which include:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (read by Will Patton)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (read by George Guidall)
The Good House by Ann Leary (read by Mary Beth Hurth)
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler (read by Tavia Gilbert)
Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher (read by Ari Fliakos)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (read by Neil Gaiman)
Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett (read by Amy McFadden)
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan (read by Kate Udall, George Guidall, Jason Culp, Erik Bergmann)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (read by David Pittu)
The Son by Philipp Meyer (read by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew, Clifton Collins Jr.)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (read by Meryl Streep)
White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse (read by Carla Mercer-Meyer)
Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill (read by Sandy Rustin)
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (read by Malcolm Gladwell)
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben (read by Jeff Woodman)
The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti (read by L.J. Gasner)
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (read by Arthur Bishop)
C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race by Geoff Williams (read by Robertson Dean)
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (read by Peter Francis James)
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff (read by Mitchell Zuckoff)
The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower (read by Edoardo Ballerini)
Nero's Killing Machine by Stephen Dando-Collins (read by Robert Fass)
One Summer by Bill Bryson (read by Bill Bryson)
See the full list of nominees here. Winners will be announced at a gala in New York City on May 29. Which books will you be rooting for?
A couple of weeks ago, we shared our favorite recent literary love stories . . . and asked you to share yours. Hundreds of you participated in the poll, and, after careful tabulation, we are thrilled to present the five books that garnered the most votes:
#1 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
#2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
#3 The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
#4 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
#5 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
What do you think about the results? Did your favorite literary love story make the list?
• If you're a fan of puns, you're going to get a kick out of BuzzFeed's Valentines from famous authors.
• We're digging Slate's article featuring Kyle Cassidy's striking photographs of librarians taken at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia last month.
• We could all use a little virtual vacation to someplace warm and sunny and bookish. Thankfully, Curbed takes us on a tour of Hemingway's fabled Key West home.
• Wednesday was the 205th anniversary of Darwin's birth. The Appendix posted a bunch of adorable doodles that his children drew on his papers, including the manuscript for On the Origin of Species.
May your day be full of love . . . and books, of course!
• Printmag.com rounds up some of the most striking covers of books coming out this year, like the one for Paper Lantern: Love Stories by Stuart Dybek (right).
• Mental Floss highlights 10 annual literary holidays. Which will you be celebrating?
• A couple of weeks ago, we linked to an amazing 16th-century six-in-one book. This week, Neatorama posted an interview with Dr. Erik Kwakkel, the—cool job alert!—medieval European book historian who originally brought the book to the world's attention on his blog.
• Coming soon: a collection of Robert Frost letters that could have a big impact on the common perception of him as a not-so-great guy.
• Flavorwire presents 12 fabulous author selfies, including one of world traveler Elizabeth Gilbert (left).
• With Valentine's Day right around the corner (two weeks from today, fellas), the Huffington Post assembled a steamy list of the 15 hottest affairs in literature, which includes the one featured in Graham Greene's The End of the Affair (right).
• A Martin Scorsese-helmed documentary about the New York Review of Books featuring the likes of Michael Chabon and Joan Didion? Yes, please!
• My Modern Met introduced us to the whimsical and clever book art of Terry Border (left).
• Attention book lovers with an aversion to sports! Quirk offers up an amusing and timely guide to getting away with covertly reading during a Super Bowl party this Sunday.
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