As we are wont to do when there are a ton of literary stories in the news, it's a news roundup!*
Stephenie Meyer confronted Stephen King at a literary convention in Vancouver last month. She reportedly told the 61-year-old horror master that both he and his beloved Red Sox were "bitter old hacks." Neither King nor Red Sox officials were available for comment.
Librarians in Southern California have joined with independent booksellers to protest the Kindle 2, Amazon's new e-book reader. Fearing that the growing popularity of the Kindle 2 and other e-book readers will lead to job cuts for librarians and a drop in sales at book stores, the protesters staged a symbolic Kindle burning in a Los Angeles park.
Sarah Schmelling has written an entire book rewriting classics in the Facebook newsfeed style. The book is slated for an August release, and has been titled Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook. Schmelling listed The Great Gatsby and Lolita as just a couple of books included in her book.
Neil Gaiman's Blueberry Girl was originally conceived as a sequel to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but his publisher determined it would be a bit difficult to make the title character redeemable. Gaiman's touching poem wishing the title character happiness was the resulting compromise.
J.K. Rowling has announced a new book in Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter and the Grim Economic Outlook. The wizard's foes are rumored to include a deadly, sharp-toothed loan shark and the slinking Escrow, a large raven who lurks around the Potter family home.
*And in this case, we are wont to lie, lie, lie.
Happy April Fools Day!
Of course, there is a twist: ONE of these stories is actually true. If you can figure out which one it is, you'll get a copy of Armageddon in Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut's posthumous collection of writings on war and peace.