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: 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: 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: Confess Your Preteen Porn!

A review of The Fug Girls‘ second novel [Forever Young Adult]

Taxicab Confessions, the book? [Huff Post Books Canada]

What explicit books did you read when you were a kid? [EW’s Shelf Life]

5 Reasons My Cat Should Be the Writer Instead of Me [A. Victoria Mixen, Writer]

Summer Reading 2012: Books for Kids of All Ages [Huff Post Books Canada]

The latest beach reads [NY Daily News]

10 Writing Myths [Writer’s Digest]

Why Jonathan Franzen sounds kind of like an asshole [Keith Mackenzie]

Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career [Writer’s Relief]

Books That Make You Cry: Top 10 Tearjerkers [Huff Post Books Canada]

The Truth About Publishing [Ian Irvine]

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Some of the novel’s funniest, least sexy lines [EW’s Shelf Life]


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]