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!