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.


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: Catholic Church Says “Nun of This!”

Nun writes a book about female masturbation, upon which – of course –  the Vatican frowns. So let me get this straight: women can’t have premarital sex, masturbate, use birth control, be a single mom, or have an abortion. I’d tell the Vatican to wank off, but that’s not allowed. Though maybe if they actually tried it, they wouldn’t be so uptight! [Jezebel]

I flatlined several times reading this [Fifty Shades of Gay]

Another John Grisham novel makes it way to the silver screen, but it’s actually about baseball [Variety]

4 Reasons For Making Time to Read [Writer’s Digest]

There’s a such thing as illegal price-fixing on ebooks? In the publishing world, that’s, like, gangsta shit! [Quill & Quire]

50+ Things to Make From Old Books [Saved by Love Creations]

Why American authors are obsessed with the apocalypse [New Statesman]

Check out this awesome Tumblr site. It tracks the reading habits of NYC subway passengers [Underground New York Public Library]

C.S. Lewis on Reading Old Books [The City Online]

Emma Watson goes from one film adapted from a book to another [Huffington Post]

Contemporary Authors We Think We’ll Still Be Reading in 100 Years [Flavorwire]

Breaking Down The Manuscript – Editing your manuscript [The Write One Blog]

Scribe Awards nominees [Locus Online]

And I thought I was bad with overdue library books [BBC News]

Casting news for yet another young adult novel turned TV show [examiner.com]

Casting news for yet another young adult novel turned movie [FirstShowing.Net]

There’s a such thing as a BookExpo? Excuse my ignorance, but HOW AM I FINDING THIS OUT JUST NOW?! [CBS Money Watch]

IndieReader Discovery Award Winners Announced [Huff Post Books Canada]

The Life Of A Writer – Changing a career [The Write One Blog]

Can a book be too pretty? [Toronto Standard]

How To Do Research For Historical Fiction [Writer’s Relief]

Dave Eggers’ New Book [Huff Post Books Canada]

Once I read the description of this novel, I immediately logged onto my online library account and put it on hold [Indigo]

10 Videos You Could Use To Inspire Writing [Antsict]

Why I Write “Strong Female Characters” [io9]

Five new crime-fiction books that will keep you guessing all summer [The Globe and Mail]


Curse of The Avid Reader Card: A “Fifty Shades” Parody Already?

So you want to be a novelist? Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner tells you how in 8 steps! [jenniferweiner.com]

Is It Time To Rate Young Adult Books For Mature Content? [U.S.News]

The CW Is Developing A Very Hunger Games Like Show Based On Young Adult Novel, The Selection [The Mary Sue]

The Ethical Dilemma Of Publishing FanFiction [Hybrid Theory]

Margaret Atwood revisits one of her infamous characters in a new short story [The Walrus]

15 Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Every Book Club Should Ask Themsevles [Jezebel]

10 YA Books That Scarred Us For Life [Flavorwire]

Believe it or not, a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey has hit the press [EvilReads]

Speaking of Fifty Shades, here are 10 books that are, apparently worse [Flavorwire]

Trailer for Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby [YouTube]