We have a few bits and pieces to share (including the newest Internet brouhaha) and giveaway winners to declare before we talk about what we will be reading this week.
First up are our giveaways winners.
The four winners of Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk are:
elaing8 (comment #23)
Heidi C (comment #44)
Jennzah (comment #31)
Chris (comment #34)
The winner of Feed by Mira Grant is:
Laura (comment #31)
You all know the drill. Email us (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address and we will get your winnings out to you as soon as possible. NOTE: due to the increasing number of unclaimed prizes, winners have one week to contact us/reply to our email. After one week, we pick a new winner.Thanks again to everyone that entered, and congratulations to all of the winners!
The Latest Internet Brouhaha:
The latest Internet brouhaha is all about Fan Fiction. It started with writer Diana Gabaldon, of the Outlander fame, declaring it immoral and illegal. Fantasy author George R R Martin chimes in saying he is against it and cites as an example the differences between authors Edgar Rice Burroughs’ and H P Lovecraft’s stance on copyright and how one died a millionaire and the other in poverty. Both pieces caused quite the shit-storm – and rightfully so, as it seems neither has clear ideas of what fan fiction is all about. To be fair, in reply to the clarifications they both received, the two authors wrote follow-ups in which they take onboard those clarifications. Then blogger James Long from Speculative Horizons stirs the pot and says that fanfiction is “pointless” and “masturbation in prose form”.
If you were taken aback by these powerful negative declarations and like us, want to learn more and want to read about fanfiction, from people who actually DO know what they are talking about, we suggest you read these articles:
And finally, the jewel of the crown:
We sort of understand how some authors might be so attached to their creations they feel they shouldn’t be touched by other people and we think that their wish of not allowing fanfiction should be respected by their fans but we also believe that fanfic is not about them. It is about creative expression and cultural appropriation and as Philip Pullman so beautifully puts:
“It’s just another aspect of the democracy of reading.”
EDIT: It appears Ms. Gabaldon has taken down her posts pertaining to fanfic.
Speaking of Doctorow: his new YA novel FOR THE WIN hits shelves next Tues, May 11th and the author will be touring all over the USA:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 7:00 PM
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:00 PM
Chicago Public Library
“YOUmedia” Teen Space
Harold Washington Library Center
Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM
5433 Ballard Ave
Book Signing and Q&A with Paul Constant
* Special performance by lit-minded rock band Pillow Army
Part of The Stranger’s Reading Series, $5 at the door
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 2:00 PM
Cedar Hills Crossing
Monday, May 17, 2010, 7:00 PM
866 Valencia Street
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:00 PM
* Not Your Mother’s BookClub *
855 El Camino Real (Palo Alto)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 7:30 PM
“Geek Reading” Electronic Frontier Foundation [EFF] Fundraiser
111 Minna Street
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7:00 PM
603 North Lamar
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:00 PM
Whuffiefest/ Presented by EFF-Austin and Plutopia Productions
Amelia’s RetroVogue and Relics
2213 South 1st Street
$10 Entry/ Drinks and Music
RALEIGH/ CHAPEL HILL
Saturday, May 22, 2010, 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
760 SE Maynard
Sunday, May 23, 2010, 1:00 PM
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:00 PM
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:30 PM
with Gary Shteyngart and Rivka Galchen
* Moderated by Ben Greenman, New Yorker
37 Main Street
Friday, May 28, 2010, 7:00 PM
52 Prince Street
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, in London, at that fabulous bookstore Forbidden Planet: Three authors, one signing:
On May 20th 6-7pm
Forbidden Planet Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JR
Now that Lost is coming to an end – pause for sobbing – we need to find new TV Shows to keep us occupied. There are two new shows coming to ABC Family this fall, which we plan to check out, since both are based on YA novels:
Based on the young adult series written by Sara Shepard and with its premiere on June 8th, the show stars Lucy Hale (Privileged) as “Aria,” Shay Mitchell as “Emily,” Troian Bellisario as “Spencer,” Ashley Benson as “Hanna,” Sasha Pieterse as “Allison,” Holy Marie Combs (Charmed), Chad Lowe (24), Laura Leighton (Melrose Place), Ian Harding, and Bianca Lawson.
Then, on June 28th, it is the premiere of HUGE – no poster yet. Based on a novel of the same name by Sasha Paley, the drama series is about seven teens sent to a summer weight-loss camp called Wellness Canyon and it stars Nikki Blonsky and Gina Torres (of Firefly fame) amongst others.
We can’t wait.
But meanwhile we prepare ourselves for the sad, inevitable END of all things LOST. How will life be without it? The answer … is here in this awesome promo video called…”Obsession”:
This Week on The Book Smugglers
On Monday, Ana reviews Paper Towns by John Green, her new author crush for all things YA and Geekery.
On Tuesday, it’s Thea’s turn with her review of YA Fantasy Mistwood by Leah Cypess.
We continue our YA-inclined week, with Ana’s review of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson on Wednesday.
On Thursday Thea reviews the highly anticipated Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.
And finally, on Friday, Ana reviews The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, followed by Thea’s review of God Stalk by PC Hodgell.
Phew. That’s it from us today. But before we leave, in hommage to what we went through in the UK this week ….
~ Your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers