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Smugglers’ Stash & News

Welcome to another Sunday edition of our Smugglers’ Stash & News.

First up, we’ve got some fan-freakin-tastic news.

Bloomsbury Retracts Cover:

On Thursday afternoon, Bloomsbury officially announced that they will no longer be printing the offending cover of Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore.

Bloomsbury is ceasing to supply copies of the US edition of Magic Under Glass. The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake. Copies of the book with a new jacket design will be available shortly.

As with Liar, Bloomsbury is retracting the cover and will issue a new one.

Author Jaclyn Dolamore has posted on her blog that the new cover is underway, and it will be featuring a model of color:

Jaclyn Dolamore's Illustration of Nimira

Jaclyn Dolamore’s original illustration of Nimira

You may have seen my vision of Nimira in my book trailer. I hadn’t shared this image with Bloomsbury at the time the cover was originally conceived (the trailer wasn’t created until November, after the book was done) but we’ll now be looking at models who look more closely like her, which I’m very excited about!

To everyone that posted about Bloomsbury’s racist cover practices, to everyone that tweeted about it, to everyone that called or wrote the publisher demanding change, thank you. You have all done it. As a community, we were able to make our voices heard, and together we were able to cause change. We are so incredibly happy and proud to be a part of this awesome, vocal, dedicated group.

But, as Ari of Reading In Color and the folks over at Bookshelves of Doom remind us, this one cover at Bloomsbury is not an isolated incident. Whitewashing of book covers is a practice that pervades the publishing industry. With that in mind, and because this is something important to us, we’ve decided to add a new feature to The Book Smugglers called “Cover Matters.” Starting on Monday, we plan to post at about cover issues at least once a month. We hope to be able to even have guests over for interview – bloggers, authors, maybe even a publisher (hey, it’s worth a try) – to go with the posts.

In Other News:

Lots of news today! First, if you haven’t heard, there is going to be an honest to goodness Book Blogger Convention this year! This will be a one day event, uniting book bloggers from around the world in New York City. The con will take place on Friday, May 28, 2010 at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center in New York City – which is pretty cool for folks that might be in town anyways for Book Expo America (May 25-27). Some of the topics to be covered include: Professionalism/Ethics, Marketing, Author/Blogger Relationships, Building Community, Writing/Building Content. While Ana won’t be able to make it, Thea has already registered for BEA and plans on making it to BBC as well! So, any other book blogger types that are in the area or planning on flying out, let us know! Bonus, the good folks running the convention have an awesome giveaway right now – book bloggers can enter for a chance to have their registration fee waived! Only one will win, but it’s worth entering, especially if you’re watching your budget. Registration for the con is currently open and available for a discounted rate of $90 (until February 14). So, hop to!

In other slightly belated news, the ALA has announced literary award winners for 2010 last week! Here are the big winners:

John Newbery Medal (for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature): When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Newberry Honor Books: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Randolph Caldecott Medal (for most distinguished American picture book for children):
The Lion & the Mouse illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney.
Caldecott Honor Books: All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon; Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman

Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in literature written for young adults):
Going Bovine written by Libba Bray
Printz Honor Books: Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, Punkzilla by Adam Rapp, and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults): Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
King Author Honor Book: Mare’s War by tanita s. davis

We are thrilled to see that the Printz went to Libba Bray’s AWESOME Going Bovine, which we reviewed last year. Also, Thea’s ecstatic that Rick Yancey’s truly excellent novel The Monstrumologist was honored as well.

Also, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2010 Top 10 List of Best Books for Young Adults. And the titles are:

Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (Reviewed HERE and HERE)
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

We’re thrilled to see Sarah Rees Brennan, Catherine Jinks and Laini Taylor honored on the list – and we’ve got a few books that we desperately need to read nowNowNOW.

This next item on the list is just really freaking awesome. Neil Gaiman (aka Ana and Thea’s writing GOD) has teamed up with comic book artist Jim Lee, letterer Todd Klein (who did the lettering for Neil Gaiman’s epic Sandman series) and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and have put together a limited print run of an illustrated poem, “100 Words.” (Click to enlarge)

It’s beautiful, isn’t it? You can purchase a copy online via Neverwear.

Finally, one last bit of news. Last week, Thea finally got off her slacker-butt, and set up a Facebook Fan Page for The Book Smugglers. You can find us by clicking the handy button above (which is also in our left hand sidebar). Our posts automatically update there, and we’ll also pop in to make other bookish announcements. The reason for the page? Well, we received a few comments in our recent survey asking us to syndicate our feed over at Facebook, and…voila! Hope you all enjoy it.

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

On Monday, Alexandra Bullen, debut author of young adult fantasy novel Wish stops by on her blog tour, talking about what inspires her and you will have a chance to win a copy of her copy. Later, we will have our very first post in our new feature “Cover Matters,” in which we will take a look at whitewashing on the covers of books.

Tuesday, Thea reviews one of her most highly anticipated books of the new year, Robert Jackson Bennett’s apocalyptic-style/historical fiction/horror novel, Mr. Shivers. Also, Harry of Temple Library Reviews will be here, giving us a guest review of Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur (the first book in the Damask Circle Trilogy)

On Wednesday, we give you a double shot of Carrie Jones! First, we give a joint review of Need, and then later in the day Thea reviews the second book in the young adult fantasy series, Captivate.

On Thursday, Ana reviews Dia Reeves’ dark young adult debut novel Bleeding Violet. Her post will be followed by our first Guest Dare of 2010: Renee of Renee’s Book Addiction caves to the pressure (ours and her husband’s) and reads the first book in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring.

Finally, on Friday we close out the week with a joint review of – squeee! – Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh.

Phew. It’s a big week. Again. I’ll leave you with this awesome picture that I think encapsulates Ana and myself at times perfectly. Until next week…

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Danielle
    January 24, 2010 at 12:16 am

    YES! The Dare is BACK! Is it sad that I get my kicks out of getting people to read books they wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole? Don’t judge me, friends, we all have our quirks.

    I’m super excited to see what ya’all got to say about Need and Bleeding Violet.

  • Karen Mahoney
    January 24, 2010 at 4:38 am

    This week is looking like one of your BEST YET!! 🙂

    Also, LOVE the double facepalm. Hee!


  • Michelle
    January 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Thanks for the shoutout about the Book Blogger Convention ladies! Looking forward to seeing you there Thea 🙂

  • Britt, Book Habitue
    January 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I so need to Double Facepalm picture. It’s awesome.

    (And being the total nerd I am, I’m sitting here trying to place what episode it happens in…..)

  • KMont
    January 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Planning to post my review of Singh’s AK on Thursday! Wooohooo! I HOPE I finish it TODAY. Ahhh!

    When I went to the bookstore the other day, and I perused the young adult aisle I looked hard for any covers with non-white models. I don’t think I saw ANY except for Liar, maybe one or two more. Granted, not every book could be turned cover out, but there were a lot turned out and hardly none were of ethnic models.

    I have to say, I appreciate you both making ME more aware of this issue. It’s too easy to sit back and let something like this pass by the importance scale. I’m glad you’ll be doing the monthly posts on the subject.

  • AnimeJune
    January 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Laini Taylor is freakin’ awesome. I read her Faeries of Dreamdark YA novels, and they are lovely. Truly truly lovely. It acknowledges the common girly belief of faeries as sparkly courtiers in gowns while also tossing it onto its head.

  • Renee
    January 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Ooh the pressure!

    Actually, I’m having fun with the dare. You have made my husband a happy man. He keeps peeking over my shoulder to see where I am in the book.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing more about the book blogger convention, and living vicariously through you!

    I’m interested in seeing what you think about the Carrie Jones books. I’ve been quite curious.

    And, of course, can’t wait for the Archangel’s Kiss review.

    Looks like a great week, ladies!

    OK, back to reading furiously.

  • orannia
    January 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    WRT the cover of Magic Under Glass, I think KMont beautifully encapsulated what I’m feeling. I’m looking forward to the new monthly post.

    Oh, a review of Archangel’s Kiss – I can’t wait! And the book dare. I love the book dare too 🙂

  • Adrienne
    January 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    so many good moments from that show that I miss…excited for your reviews this week, all these are on my “to be bought” pile but since you are reviewing them, I will wait for your opinion!

  • printplace
    October 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    As it happens, I am having fun with the challenge. You have made my husband a happy man. He keeps peeking over my shoulder to see where I am in the book. I will be looking forward to hearing more about the book blogger convention, and living by proxy via your efforts.

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