(Book Sculpture by Guy Laramee)
• What's the most downloaded ebook in your state?
• Anne Rice isn't letting the vampire phenomenon go down without a fight. She's bringing back her infamous "Brat Prince" (her words!) Lestat in a new Vampire Chronicles book. Prince Lestat will hit stores on October 28 of this year, just in time for Halloween.
• The longlist of finalists in contention for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction have been revealed. Among them are Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie for Americanah, Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries and Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch. Look for the shortlist of six books to be announced on April 7, the winner revealed in June. Which book will you be rooting for?
• 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.
• Sadly, kids today probably have no idea what it's like to look something up in a card catalog. The library in Greenfield, Massachusetts, however, has come up with a creative way to not only preserve but also spotlight those poor neglected index cards. Let's hope other libraries will follow suit.
• While we're on the topic of castoffs getting a little love, photographer Kerry Mansfield's stark photographs of discarded library books are oddly compelling and nostalgia-inducing.
• A couple of weeks ago, we linked to a reading list that Hemingway compiled for a young aspiring writer. This week, we bring you (via Brain Pickings) Nabokov's reflections on creativity, as well as six short stories he recommended reading.
• In this week's What We're Reading post, I wrote about Matt Bell's In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, which I think is an absolutely phenomenal book. And so I'm including this link to a great interview with him from Interview magazine.
• Finally, a bunch of lists for you to take in, ponder and perhaps disagree with: 50 must-read books published between 1963 and 2013 (one per year); the 25 most-hated books as voted on by Book Riot readers (including yours truly); and 100 must-read Southern books.
April 23 was World Book Night, and over 500,000 memoirs, novels and non-fiction titles were given away in the U.S. and over 1 million in the U.K. We'd call that one hell of a success for the book. Huffington Post covered the day of zealous bookworms handing out free copies of excellent literature. The photo slideshow is just great:
And I have a feeling that Ernest Hemingway would be cool with Marcel Schindler's stop-motion animation of The Old Man and the Sea:
Happy weekend, everyone!