Friday News Roundup, January 22, 2010


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

Sad news: Author Robert B. Parker died on Monday at the age of 77. (Boston Herald)

The American Library Association awarded this year’s Newberry Medal to When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Check it and more award winners out on Amazon.

The New York Times could begin charging for access to its website. (New York Magazine)

Amazon is delaying the release of ebook editions and Kindle users are revolting by giving books 1 star ratings. (Guardian)

For the past 60 years, a mysterious stranger has visited Edgar Allen Poe’s grave every year on his birthday (leaving cognac and roses), but this year he didn’t show up. (Yahoo!)

Lots of news in the world of comic books this week:

Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the beautifully done Twilight graphic novel. (EW)

Look for Marvel to release comic books by Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, and Philip K. Dick this spring. (Marvel)

The identity of the villain Twilight in the Buffy comics was leaked this week. Read Joss Whedon’s reaction and get a look at two new Buffy: Season 8 covers. Warning: GINORMOUS SPOILERS (Splash Page)

At the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association, librarians selected the best graphic novels for teens. (YALSA)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List:
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
NOAH’S COMPASS, by Anne Tyler
IMPACT, by Douglas Preston
I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson

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