Friday News Roundup, September 25, 2009


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

Stephenie Meyer has finally sold the movie rights to The Host. (Variety)

Oprah has chosen Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan for her book club. (

Patrick Swayze’s memoir, The Time of My Life, will be available on September 29th. (USA Today)

The National Book Festival, organized by the Library of Congress, will take place this Saturday in Washington, D.C. Just a few of the big name authors that will be attending are: Judy Blume, John Grisham, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Rick Riordan, and Nicholas Sparks. Wow! (Washington Post)

Next week is Banned Books Week and it will get started this Saturday at an event in Chicago. Authors of the ten most challenged books of 2008 will read from their books and speak out about censorship. (Banned Books Week)

Philadelphia libraries have been saved from closure due to budget problems. (Library Journal)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that James Patterson signed a deal to write 17 books in 3 years. Well he’s already started (if not completed) 14 of the 17. That man is a machine. (New York Times)

Would you get a Kindle tattoo? (Flickr)

In it’s first week out, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol sold 2 million copies. (USA Today)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List as of September 18, 2009:

THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks

SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

SPARTAN GOLD, by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood

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