Friday News Roundup, August 14, 2009

Wuthering Heights / Liar books

Here are some book related stories and tidbits that have been in the news this week:

Wuthering Heights gets a new, Twilight-style cover. If it gets teens to read the classics, it’s fine by me. (Jezebel)

Thanks to Julie & Julia, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking is back on bestseller lists. (Yahoo!)

Neil Gaiman has won the Hugo award for The Graveyard Book. (CBC)

EarlyWord has a great list of upcoming movies that are based on books. (EarlyWord)

450 people gathered on August 5th to protest Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s plan to close the Library of Michigan and move the collections to seven different locations. (ALA)

In response to public outrage, the publishers of Liar have changed the cover image to a black young woman with natural hair. They claim they weren’t trying to “mask the character’s ethnicity” with the original cover, which featured a white girl with straight hair. I call shenanigans. (Read Street)

Very interesting and surprising article about the women behind Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose. (The New Yorker)

Top 5 books on the Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List (New York Times)

1. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
2. The Defector, by Daniel Silva
3. Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner
4. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
5. Swimsuit, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Top 5 Bestsellers on Amazon.com

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One by Julia Child
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies by Michelle Malkin
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine by Glenn Beck

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