Weekly Writer’s Roundup: 4.14.12

Guess what, thesis-writing seniors? Now that you’re done (!!), you now have time to read for pleasure. Let that sink in for a moment, then go nuts:

  • You’ve heard whispers that JK Rowling is working on a new book? Well, the details are out: The Casual Vacancy, about a quaint English town that gets turned upside-down by the death of one of its parish members, is due to hit shelves in September 2012. Oh, and this is no Harry Potter Part 8; this one’s for adults. (Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Last week, the American Society of Magazine Editors announced its nominees for the 2012 National Magazine Award. Notice something funky about that list? Ah, yes: they’re all men. (The AWL)
  • While the debate about whether e-books will prove good or bad for the publishing world has yet to be settled, one corner of the market is profoundly happy with the way things are going: turns out, the introduction of e-books has caused an explosion of sales of erotica. (CNN)
  • In case you haven’t been following it, the Justice Department recently sued Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishers (including Penguin and MacMillan) over the price of e-books. Catch up with the details of how things are panning out here. (Shelf Awareness)
  • Ever handed in a paper only to later realize you didn’t catch an absolutely mortifying typo? Well, at least it was just your Professor reading it and not, you know, the world. This list of fantastic New York Times corrections will make you feel better. (Vanity Fair)
  • The Hunger Games race controversy continues. When the movie was released, there was an explosion of racist comments on twitter about a few of the characters being black. In particular, one girl questions the “Awkward moment when Rue is some little black girl and not the blonde innocent girl you picture.” (For the record: it clearly states in the book that Rue is black.) The New Yorker follows up on this with a fascinating look at how the ideal of the little, blonde, innocent girl originated in literature. (The New Yorker)
  • Author Jodi Picoult offers her advice on self-publishing: don’t do it. (Huffington Post)
  • I love this: definitions of philosophy, by philosophers. (Brain Pickings)

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