Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Link Salad- with good and bad news

-The Saddest news of the day came through just a short while ago.  The fabulous Diana Wynn Jones lost her two year fight with cancer and passed away today.

The hubby and I went through a craze about two years ago, buying every Diana Wynn Jones book we could get our hands on.  We were both reading her sweeping fantasy confections while on honeymoon in Paris and the Chrestomanci books had me so enthralled the seven hour flight home wasn't even trying.  Her stories are uplifting and beautifully crafted with whimsical characters, entertaining exploits and worlds so enrapturing they can only have been created by her pen.  If you asked me who my top 3 or 4 authors of children's lit were she would always be on the top of my list.

She has one more children's book forthcoming- a short novel Earwig and the Witch, being published by HarperCollins Uk this summer.  In the meantime, I'll be reading one of her many published books from her prolific career, to remember her by.  I have a couple I've been saving for a rainy day.
Diana Wynn Jones website

-In much happier news, Lenore, of Presenting Lenore fame, has just sold the rights to her first book.  Lenore was one of the first bloggers I read when joining the scene, and I'm endlessly impressed by her reviews and blog quality.  Besides, her Cat Tuesday's are the highlight in my otherwise mundane Tuesday routine.  Check out the thrilling news on Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has acquired a YA novel called Level Two by Lenore Appelhans, in a joint acquisition with CBS Films. According to S&S, this is the first time the company has coordinated a deal so that an author received a simultaneous book and film offer. In Level Two, the liminal place between our world (Level One) and heaven, Felicia spends her days reliving her memories from the security of her pod—until she gets broken out by Julian, a boy she met on Earth. Appelhans writes the popular YA blog Presenting LenoreLevel Two will be published in either fall 2012 or spring 2013, with a 200,000-copy first printing.

Being a huge Dystopian fan, and a thoughtful and insightful reviewer I can only imagine how promising this book will be! I can't wait to read it.  Keep in mind, if your heading to the BEA or the BBC, Lenore will be presenting during one of the BBC morning sessions- Practical Challenges of Blogging.

-Inkpop has a fun new writing challenge as well as another author chat.  The latest writing challenge is based on Jennifer Archer's soon to be released Through Her Eyes and it's something a bit different but fun sounding- Write a story, poem or essay about a photograph you would like to step into to enter a moment in time from the past.   I immediately know which picture I would step into, I may just have to play along at home and write a little something for my own amusement!

The latest author live chat is with author Ellen Schreiber, who's Once in a Full Moon released on January 1st.  It will be held at 5pm EST this Wednesday and will be a great chance to chat with a busy and successful author.

Speaking of which, if you, like me, missed their live chat with Lauren Oliver it's still viewable on Inkpop here.

Happy linking!


  1. Oh no! So sorry to hear about Diana Wynne Jones passing away :(

  2. That's terrible about Diana Wynne Jones!! I knew she had cancer, but was completely shocked when I first read your post. She was one of my very favorite authors, too, and I have so many memories of reading her books when I was younger...

    On a happier note, congrats to your friend Lenore-- it's always cool to hear about bloggers who get published, and I can never get enough dystopia!

  3. This is not a good year for authors. First LK Madigan and now Diana Wynne Jones. :(