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1. Tavis at the Powells blog notes that a film is being made of Aimee Bender's wonderful novel An Invisible Sign of My Own. Bender is an amazing writer, so this is very cool news.

2. Colleen at Chasing Ray has put out a call for bloggers to write about their favorite political books (fiction or non-) during the month of August. I know I'll be blogging about Orwell's 1984, which sits among the top of my list of influential novels, and will probably also talk about the groovy new cover by Shepard Fairey. Mention will also most likely be made of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, which just hit bookstores this week.

3. As cmpriest mentioned, if you have signed up for the mailing list at Tor.com, the free e-book this week was her own Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Yay!

4. storySouth just revealed the Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2007; i.e. the best online short stories published during 2007. In addition to the attention paid to the short fiction of lots of great writers (matociquala, pgtremblay, ombriel, catrambo, kenscholes, jeffvandermeer, cybermonklives, Paul Jessup, snurri, yhlee, samhenderson, Gavin Grant, timpratt, Jason Stoddard, mevennen, scalzi, lucius_t, and Gene Wolfe, among others), Farrago's Wainscot won the Million Writers Award for best new online magazine or journal. W00t to Darin Bradley and the whole FW krewe!


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May. 3rd, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
A groovy new cover for Nineteen Eighty-Four by Shepard Fairey? If it was really groovy it would manage to get the title to Orwell's book right!

It's odd: the spine has Nineteen Eighty-Four, correctly, but the cover itself has 1984, which Orwell specifically said was not the title to his book. Really annoying! Why do publishers keep doing this?

May. 3rd, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
Can I ask where Orwell said that the numerical 1984 was not the title? I haven't heard this before, so I'm curious.

I prefer the written-out words myself.
May. 3rd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dude! We were pleased.
May. 8th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
I'm proud to be in such exalted company, sir. :)
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