Shanley’s Saturday Round-Up – 7/30/11

Where in the United States do writers come from? Publishers Weekly released an article on this topic, covering the states most devoid of commonly known authors, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as those where famous authors have been more prominent– states in the Midwest and Northeast.

During Banned Books Week, beginning September 24, readers can get more involved than ever. This year everyone can post a YouTube video of of themselves reading a portion of their favorite banned or challenged book, so start thinking about your favorite snippet!

Speaking of banned books, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five has been banned from a Missouri school, along with Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer. The article that caused these bans brutally attacks Vonnegut’s work (which was based upon his Holocaust experience), and Ockler’s Young Adult romance, calling them ‘filthy.’ Guys, this is why we have Banned Books Week.

On a lighter note, the A Song of Ice and Fire series is flying off the shelves. The hit HBO television show, Game of Thrones, received 13 Emmy nominations around two weeks ago, and now the new novel, A Dance with Dragons, has sold over 170,000 print copies and 110,000 e-books in its first week. This is the largest Random House book release this year!

Company of Thieves, the only band I know who has incorporated literature into their music, is giving away their new song, “Death of Communication,” free on Amazon. Check it out!

Until next week!
Shanley

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  • http://gem-metro.com Douglas Berry

    Sausalito and San Francisco attracts writers from all over who were born in rooms with four walls and now live on houseboats.