- The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, sponsored by UK magazine The Independent, has announced its 2009 shortlist, heavily dominated by Columbian works.
- The Inaugral #agentfail day (a response to #queryfail, a Twitter initiative by literary agents to document common mistakes and blunders in writing query letters) received several hundred comments by writers.
- Mills & Boon, the popular UK Publisher of romance novels, is creating a social networking site based on the Facebook format for fans of the romance genre.
- Pershing Square Capital Management has agreed to extend its $42.5 million loan to Borders for another year, in hopes that the company will be able to recover from its ongoing financial difficulties.
- Bizarre and occasionally controversial comic book artist Robert ‘R.’ Crumb has recently completed a “scandalous” graphic adaptation of The King James Bible’s Book of Genesis.
- The beginning of April ushers in the 14th annual National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
- Winifred Foley, author of A Child in the Forest, an autobiographical and nostalgic account of her life growing up, passed away at age 94.
- Colombian literary giant Gabriel García Márquez (author of such works as Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude) is reportedly retiring from writing.
- The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), formerly a part of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) is considering remerging with ABA, possibly as a department within the company.
Have a great weekend!
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- Last weekend's Christian Book Expo flopped, with a reported 1,500 showing up, rather than the hoped-for 15,000–20,000.
- HarperCollins abandoned dead-tree catalogs and went all digital.
- Ebook store Fictionwise (now owned by Barnes & Noble) debuted an app for the BlackBerry.
- A new author profile site, Filedbyauthor, had an official beta launch.
- Picador unveiled a Twitter-based book club.
- Simon & Schuster reduced eBook royalties.
- The much-buzzed-about trailer for the Where the Wild Things Are, which was co-written by Dave Eggers, debuted.
- The nominations for the 2009 Hugo Awards were announced, including a new 'test' category of "Best Graphic Story." Comic book fans of the world rejoice.
Have a great weekend!
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Starting this week, the team here at the Big Bad Book Blog is pleased to introduce its readers to a new weekly feature for your elucidation, pleasure and occasional head-scratching: the Big Bad Link Roundup. Each week we will compile a short list of notable happenings in the world of books and publishing.
For the week of March 16th – 20th:
- Sony and Google are partnering up with a digital book agreement in order to take on their rival Amazon.com.
- Stacey’s, the largest independent bookstore in San Francisco, closed.
- Both the Publishing Triangle and the Lambda Literary Awards have released their list of finalists for this year’s awards for glbt books.
- Author James Purdy, who wrote Malcolm, In a Shallow Grave, Garments and other such “darkly comedic” fiction that exposes a frankly sinister side of America, died at age 94.
- Harlequin, the leader of romance publishing, has announced that they are introducing a young adult line called Harlequin Teen.
- Amazon.com, makers of the popular e-reader Kindle, is being sued by Discovery Communications over claims of patent infringement.
- The longlist has been announced for the Orange Prize award for female fiction writers.
- Wholesale distributor Baker & Taylor are consolidating their book warehousing, closing a site in California and moving key operations to Indianapolis.
- Millard Kaufman, co-creator of Mr. Magoo, writer of multiple Oscar-nominated screenplays and the novel Bowl of Cherries died at age 92.
Be sure to let us know of any news we might have missed. Have a great weekend, all!