Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Nora Ephron, 1941-2012

Source: ABC News

Nora Ephron, screenwriter of movie classics such as When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle died yesterday of a rare blood cancer. {The Washington Post]

I should have known better when I said MAKE IT STOP, so let’s get all the latest news about The Book That Won’t Go Away outta the way:

  • Chris Pine is willing to look at the script for The Book That Won’t Go Away. I’m willing to look at him nekkid. [Celebuzz]
  • Emma Roberts hasn’t even read the book and she totally wants in. Methinks someone just wants to boost her acting career. Me-also-thinks she should actually
    read the book
    before she makes a firm commitment, particularly the infamous tampon scene [iafrica.com]
  • Apparently The Book That Won’t Go Away has encouraged people to start reading again [thestar.com]
  • 16 desserts inspired by The Book That Won’t Go Away [Buzzfeed]
  • These “trailers” for The Book That Won’t Go Away arehilarious; particularly the second one where Christian Grey is at his desk crying shirtless over his blotter. NSFW to the max! {Part 1, c/o YouTube] [Part 2, c/o YouTube]
  • Jimmy Fallon takes The Book That Won’t Go Away to karaoke [Huff Post Comedy Canada]
  • I think E.L. James’ husband is a little jealous of her success. I on the other hand, totally am not. [Blogra]

If youre going to self-publish! mek SUre yu poofead. [DuoLit]

When Can I Call Myself a Writer? [Beyond The Margins]

What Makes Bad Writing? [The Wall Street Journal]

I need one of these, like yesterday. I’m sick of working at the kitchen table or on my bed. [Flavorwire]

50 redundant phrases to avoid in writing [ragan.com]

11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books [Mental Floss]

If you’re into Young Adult fiction, get the latest news here [ONTD]

Advice on short story writing from a master [Open Culture]

Writing advice from another master [The Atlantic]

Another argument for independent publishing [Novel Publicity & Co.]

The Rules of Storytelling, Pixar Style [Writer’s Digest]

Canadian author Peter Robinson wins crime novel award [CBC News]

Toronto’s World Biggest Bookstore could close in 2013 [thestar.com]

WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS? (Burn the books, I mean, not try to save ’em) [CBC News]

I also need this, like, yesterday. [Galleycat]

New Graphic Novel App for iPad Launches [DBW]

The French Still Flock to Bookstores [The New York Times]

Dammit. I already waste enough time on Pinterest as it is! [Publishers Weekly]

Agreed. I’m much more creative at coffee shops than I am at the library. It’s just the whole “writing on my Macbook Pro at Starbucks” seems so cliché. [The Atlantic]

Yeesh. These people need to leave Obama ‘lone. [Huff Post Books Canada]

Making E-books Is Harder Than It Looks [Huff Post Books Canada]

Awesome Books to Replace Your Favourite Cancelled TV Shows [io9]

And finally, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 trailer:

Note: this will be my last post for a while, because I’m goin’ away for a few days. Yay! Next post will be some FICTION for a change, because, yeah, I still write that.

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Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Walker Takes a Stand

Alice Walker forbids Hebrew “Color Purple” translation [Globes]

I mean, I love books, but not that much. [Writer’s Relief]

More “Hunger Games” casting news [Entertainment Weekly]

Summer Reading Flow Chart for the High School Set [Book Patrol]

Is Fiction Changing, for Better or For Worse? [The New York Times]

Some self-publishing advice [Writer’s Digest]

Some writing advice [figment]

“Literary introvert?” Isn’t that an oxymoron? [Psychology Today]

Another great short story from Canada Writes [CBC Books]


Curse of The Avid Reader Card: MAKE IT STOP.

Break out a human-sized rock, because you’re going to want to live under it to avoid hearing any more about The Book That Won’t Go Away [Celebuzz]

Failing that, why not try capitalizing by selling merchandise based on The Book That Won’t Go Away? [Huff Post Style Canada] [The Gloss]

If you shoot yourself after reading this, don’t blame me…blame The Book That Won’t Go Away [The Daily Mail Online]

I’m really certain you will shoot yourself after reading this. Obviously, I’m the last person who would advocate book burning, but for The Book That Won’t Go Away, I will make an exception [Huff Post Books Canada]

As if Twilight hasn’t ruined enough lives already, it’s where The Book That Won’t Go Away got its roots [The Wall Street Journal]

The guy who wrote American Psycho wrote about torture, now he’s out to torture himself, because he really really really wants to write the script for the movie based on The Book That Won’t Go Away [The Hollywood Reporter]


Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Erica Kennedy 1970-2012 *Updated June 19, 2012*

I’m dedicating this edition of Curse of the Avid Reader Card to a young, talented writer named Erica Kennedy who was found dead yesterday in her Miami Beach apartment. Her death is a shock to me, but it usually is when it happens to someone who is so young and seemed to have had so much more to offer the world. Perhaps the tragedy lies in them being no longer able to do so.

Her second novel, Feminista, was actually one of the books on my Winter Reading List; it had actually been one of my favourites, one that I laughed my way through. I had also read her first novel, Bling, and was eagerly awaiting her next work. Unfortunately, that will never come. But her loss to the literary world is minuscule compared to the loss her friends and family are suffering, to whom I send my condolences.

Read more about her life and death here, here, and, a blog post written by a personal friend of hers here.

R.I.P Ms. Kennedy.

ETA: More tributes here…

PR Newser

Jezebel

Madame Noire

Huffington Post

Also, here’s her Twitter accountAmazon page, and about.me page.

ETA: June 19, 2012 – even more tributes

New York Times

Huffington Post (this article is more in-depth than the last)

Boston Globe


Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Did This Author Break Up Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou?

I didn’t even know they broke up! Did you know that Djimon was in Janet Jackson’s Love Will Never Do WIthout You video? Back then he’d just come to America from West Africa and didn’t know a word of English, so when he was mouthing the words to the song, he had to really improvise because he had no idea what he was saying. Interesting fact indeed! I think I learned all about it on an episode of Pop Up Video. [Necole Bitchie]

Tips on how to steal like a writer [Austin Kleon]

Another Fifty Shades of Grey parody [Amazon]

I’m sure I’ve done all five [Writer’s Relief]

Twelve new novels care of Random House [Random House’s Tumblr]

NO. Leave it alone, for chrissakes! [Huff Post Books Canada]

This could be really, really useful: Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles [StumbleUpon]

33 Ways To Stay Creative [StumbleUpon]

Who is the newest U.S. Poet Laureate? [Huff Post Books Canada]

Remembering Ray Bradbury with 11 Timeless Quotes [brain pickings]

An Orson Welles interview from 1960 [brain pickings]

How to Launch a Book Without Losing Your Mind [Mystery Writing Is Murder]

Oh, Jesus [The Daily Caller]

Let’s finish off with a short story [Canada Writes c/o CBC]


Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Angelina Jolie to Direct Fi’ty Shades o’ Cray?

This has “not gonna happen” written all over it [Screen Crush]

Ondaatje, Gwyn part of stellar line-up for 24th annual Writers’ Festival [The Wellington Advertiser]

How I Got My Agent [Writer’s Digest]

10 Books Every American NEEDS To Read [Huff Post Books Canada]

Hottest YA reads of Fall 2012 {Huff Post Books Canada]

Jay McInerney: why Gatsby is so great [The Observer]

How you can help Canadian literary publishing [Literary Press Group]

I love Jennifer Weiner; I’ve read all of her novels, so here’s an article she’s written about bad family vacations [The Washington Post]

Is My Novel Gay? [Huff Post Books Canada]

A case for independent publishing [Novel Publicity & Co.]

Another case for independent publishing [Huff Post Books Canada]

OMG! CLOWN!! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kiera Knightley in yet another novel-turned-film period piece. Hasn’t Anna Karenina been given the silver screen treatment already? [Film Filia]

Fancy from The Jamie Foxx Show has written children’s books [Essence]


Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012

An obituary of sorts for the dearly departed Ray Bradbury [The New York Times]

Same goes for Rosa Guy [The New York Times]

“Stop nitpicking at stupid shit. Writer vs. author. Plotter vs. pantser. Just write and sell a damned book. Nothing else matters.” Find this and other great editing tips here [Kowloon by Night]

This article claims that when it comes to writing, “the muse” is just a myth. I tend to agree, because then it gives you an excuse not to write [Writer Unboxed]

E-Book Publishers Take To The Cloud At Book Expo [Forbes]

More news about e-books, if you’re interested [The New York Times]

Race, gender and where things stand in publishing [The Rumpus]

A closer look at William Faulkner, whose books I never read. I mean, I was supposed to for this one class in university – As I Lay Dying – but I never got around to it, because I was bombarded with so many other books to read, but I don’t really mind because I didn’t much care for Postmodernism, anyway [The Economist]

MAKE IT STOP [New York Post]

How about a short story to start your evening? Even though you’d probably rather watch TV? [Canada Writes, c/o CBC]