April Fools’ Day 2011: Literary Jokes Roundup

Happy April Fools’ Day! From a fake Harry Potter TV show to a fake book cover from Maggie Stiefvater, today has been a good day for literary themed pranks. Here’s a roundup of my favorite book related April Fools’ Day jokes.

In the category of pranks I desperately wish were real, check out the trailer for The Aurors, a TV Show inspired by the Harry Potter books. This trailer by IGN is my favorite joke of the day, and judging by the response on Twitter, I’m not the only one who wishes it were real.

Author Maggie Stiefvater pranked her fans on Facebook by posting the cover of Litter, the fake fourth book in her Shiver series. If you haven’t read the books, they are about werewolves, and the phony book cover is done in the same style as the real covers. Check it out:

It was such a good prank that Stiefvater had to clarify:

Okay, so, I NEED to point out, I guess, that that cover of LITTER, the fourth SHIVER book, I just posted — it’s an April Fool’s joke. There is no fourth SHIVER book, and certainly not titled LITTER. I realized that despite shouting APRIL FOOL’S!!! in the comment threads, some folks were still taking it seriously. No puppies in FOREVER. That means NO PUPPIES FOREVER.

While the news that Billy Joel has pulled the plug on his upcoming memoir, The Book of Joel, made me sad, this story over at Vanity Fair made me laugh. They got their hands on the “first chapter” of Joel’s memoir and it goes a little something like this:

The time was 9 p.m. It was a Saturday. I was at a bar, and the regular crowd was shuffling in. Next to me was an old man nursing a gin and tonic.

He turned to me and said, “Son, can you play me a melody? I don’t remember it exactly, but it’s sad and sweet. I used to know it by heart when I was younger.”

Here’s a cool new ereader from LibraryThing and Amazon for the “hard-core bibliophile.” It feels like leather and smells like an old book! I would totally buy this.

And finally, today’s Shelf Awareness Daily newsletter was full of fake stories like “Riggios Let Go at Barnes & Noble” and “Bezos Stopped–Finally–in Southern Washington.” They also say that part of Borders reorganization includes “selling blank e-books.” Ha! Check out the full newsletter here.

So what were your favorite April Fools’ jokes today? Let me know in the comments!

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