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For those of you in the Indianapolis area, don’t forget about the Indianapolis Book Festival that is running from 10am to 6pm at University Park tomorrow, Saturday August 20th. It looks like there will be a bunch of authors and book related activities for all ages. Should be a good time.

Barnes &Noble has a sample chapter of Tyra Banks’ highly anticipated (wink, wink) Modelland. All I have to say is holy hot mess, Batman.

Have you all heard of  booklamp? Supposedly, it’s like the Pandora radio of the book world, in that it breaks down the characteristics of a particular title and finds similar books based on those characteristics.  I’ll  have to play around with it some more, but I think it has potential to be a great tool for reader’s advisory.

I love this article by Erin Bowman on why you should read every hardcover with the book jacket off. I got really interested in book cover art through a project I did for a history of books course and this just opens a whole new dimension for the art that goes into the creation of books. She’s got some excellent pictures of the surprises that await readers under the covers (whoops, that sounded naughty). I particularly like this one of the flip side of the jacket Jay Asher’s book Thirteen Reasons Why:

In case you hadn’t heard the awesome news, according to Rick Yancey’s facebook page,  Simon & Schuster have agreed to release a fourth Monstrumologist book! I couldn’t be more happy for this author and for all the readers of this series who will now be able to take in the whole story of Doctor Warthrop and Will Henry.
For those of you that have no clue about this whole fiasco, check out this interview that bookshelves of doom did with Rick Yancey — it explains everything.

If all of this weren’t exciting enough, Isle of Blood comes out in less than a month, on September 13th. I’m hoping that a lot of readers will order the book to show S&S that they did the right thing in continuing this series.


September thirteenth is certainly an auspicious day, because that is also when the ever fabulous Laura Marling is releasing her third album, A Creature I Don’t Know. Judging by the songs I have heard from it, this album is going to be gorgeous.

And then, what’s this I hear? Laura is doing a gig in Chicago, which is less than four hours away from where I live? And she’s being supported by  Alessi’s Ark? I couldn’t think of a better matched pair of girl singers than that. Anyone up for a road trip to Chicago in September?

Last, but certainly not least, check out the new video Ben Howard released yesterday for Keep Your Head Up.

Back in the day, I worked at and attended this camp in Wisconsin where we played this fun game called Surge. Basically, a baby oiled tarp was set up on the hill behind the dining hall and the object of the game was to get a player on your team to the top of this tarp where they would get to enjoy the coveted prize of a can of Surge (anyone old enough to remember that drink?). Afterward, all of the campers and staff members would get the opportunity to slide down the tarp and then go for a plunge in the lake to clean off all of the baby oil  and grass. A good time was had by all.

Now that I’ve seen the awesome slide that was built for this video, I think we were missing out . . .


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