The weather’s getting colder, the end of the year is creeping closer, and it’s getting more and more tempting to settle inside with a good book rather than venture into the outdoors. If you’re one of the dorm-bound this weekend, check out what’s been happening in the writing world this past week:
- It’s that time of year: retrospectives are beginning! And when it comes to the “best books of 2011″ it seems everyone has an opinion. Keep track of all the many “best of” booklists here! (Largehearted Boy)
- On a related, though rather different note: apparently there is an award given out to books that have horrible descriptions of sex. Who knew. (National Post)
- This is such a cool idea: First Words is a new anthology that features the writing of famous authors back from when they were kids! Anyone else a fan of Madeleine L’Engle? (A Wrinkle in Time, anybody?) Check out what she was up to at age 15! (Algonquin: The Blog)
- Wednesday marked the 176th anniversary of Mark Twain’s birthday! To celebrate, The Christian Science Monitor explains why Twain and Facebook wouldn’t have gotten along.
- Cute: one sentence translated to fit twelve different literary genres. (McSweeny’s)
- Anyone celebrate Small Business Saturday last weekend? Obama did. And he bought books. (CNN)
- National Geographic lists the top ten literary cities in the world. Some of these I guessed, but others definitely surprised me. Way to go, Melbourne!