The Lowly Worm returns

NPR informs me that there's a new Richard Scarry book coming out this month (despite Scarry's death in 1994). Scarry's son, Richard "Huck" Scarry Jr., claims to have found the partially-finished manuscript for Richard Scarry's Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his father's Swiss chalet, and decided to complete it himself ....more


I suspect this will be (unintentionally) hilarious: according to Variety, BBC One has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Holliday Grainger will play Lady Chatterley, with Richard Madden—best known as Game of Thrones's Robb Stark—playing gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. Here's hoping Madden's resemblance to Rufus Sewell's portrayal of Seth Starkadder is a hint that the filmmakers are going to fully embrace the "brooding stares, sweaty hair, and ostentatiously unbuttoned shirts" method of characterization ....more

<i>Welcome to Bordertown</i>, edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Inspired by Robert Lynn Asprin's long-running Thieves' World series, editor and author Terri Windling created the shared-world Borderland series in 1985. Borderland was followed by 1986's Bordertown and 1991's Life on the Border, and in 2011, twelve years after the publication of The Essential Bordertown, the series was revived by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, with Windling's blessing and participation. Welcome to Bordertown is a collection of 22 stories and poems from well-known fantasy writers centering around the inhabitants of Bordertown, the dangerous and chaotic urban landscape that links the human world to the magical one ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Welcome to Bordertown</i>, edited by Holly Black

This week we're giving away a copy of Welcome to Bordertown, a collection of short stories and poetry set in Terri Windling's "Bordertown" Universe and edited by Holly Black. The anthology includes some big names (Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, etc.), but I'm most excited about the short story by Annette Curtis Klause, whose book releases are way too few and far between. As always, this contest runs Monday through Friday ....more

A little look-see

NPR is offering readers a sneak peek at Jules Feiffer's upcoming graphic novel Kill My Mother, due out next Tuesday. The story appears to be a play on classic Hollywood film noir, re-imagined via Feiffer's inimitable art style—all sketchy, wavy lines and smudged colors. (I spent my entire childhood assuming that Feiffer's only job, ever, was creating the illustrations for The Phantom Tollbooth, but he's actually an accomplished cartoonist, author, and playwright ....more


Illustrator and writer Leanne Shapton has designed a series of absolutely gorgeous patterned covers for Jane Austen's six novels. You can admire the books via the website Creative Review, but I have yet to see any signs of them on Random House's American website. I'm hoping this is due to a staggered release date, and that I won't need to special order them from the UK, because I'm going to be right grumpy if they get those, and we get these—which, while inoffensive, are also totally boring ....more

<i>Girl to the Core</i>, by Stacey Goldblatt

Stacey Goldblatt's Girl to the Core has the makings of a sweet, inspirational coming-of-age novel... cursed with a story-crippling flaw. Goldblatt's heroine is Molly O'Keefe, the only girl in a large, boisterous Irish-American family ....more

Tactile reading

NPR recently posted a fascinating article about how 3-D printing might change books printed for blind readers—imagine a sculptural version of Goodnight Moon, with the mittens and kitten and everything standing out from the page. There are obviously some significant barriers to overcome, but one idea is that producing non-visual "picture books" should help very young visually impaired children develop their tactile awareness, which will be useful when they start learning Braille ....more

Ghoulish tourism!

According to The Independent, the Yorkshire house that inspired Jane Eyre's Thornfield Hall is now open to the public. Charlotte Bronte visited the stately home of Norton Conyers in 1839, and heard the legend of "Mad Mary", a woman who was rumored to have been shut up in a remote area of the house in the previous century. The home won't be fully open until next year, but visitors can already visit the infamous attic ....more

<i>The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy</i>, by Kate Hattemer

Kate Hattemer's The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy is the kind of challenging, dialogue-driven teen drama I would have absolutely devoured as a kid. Sadly, I read it as an adult, which left me with a somewhat different reaction. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy is narrated by Ethan Andrezejczak, an unassuming, inarticulate student at a challenging Minnesota arts academy ....more