Now that I'm officially entering week number two of the evil/rare/stupid re-accurence of shingles, I am finally starting to feel a bit better, not amazing but better enough that the idea of putting together the weekly link salad doesn't seem positively intimidating and overwhelmingly exhausting. Pitiful right? Good, that's what I was aiming for. Wink, wink. I accept deliveries of books, cupcakes and kittens. In that order (kittens would be higher up, but then the hubby would kill me).
So without further ado, here's some of the tidbits from the past two weeks!
Word on the Street takes place Sunday September 23rd, the International Festival of Authors takes place October 18-28th, the Ontario Book Bloggers meet up, in it's second year and now much more formal looking (special guests and everything), is taking place November 3rd. And now Random House has added to the already bursting fall schedule with their Bookstravaganza on September 18th. As if anyone can turn down an evening filled with cocktails, authors and books? Throw in some cupcakes and it becomes most girls dream night.
-Speaking of fall bookish events, it's confirmed that Maggie Steifvater will be at Chapters in Brampton September 25th for Raven Boys (which I finished last week and can guarantee you it's a winner). As per usual she has some loot for the signings including beautiful sharpi-ed guitars again!
I reviewed it this week, and can't hardly say enough glowing things about it, however, if you need some more goodies to tide you over until then, or if you're still on the fence I would recommend checking out both the trailer- which had it's exclusive debut over on Indigo's teen blog, and Kenneth Oppels interview over at The Toronto Public Libraries blog. My absoloute favorite quote from the interview? "So, yes, Frankenstein involves monsters, but the real monster is always human, and it’s always us.", seriously, if that doesn't tantalize you, I don't know what will!
-While on the topic of chilling books I reviewed this week, Jessica Warman dissected a scene of her thriller Beautiful Lies, over on Figment.com. It's fascinating to see the complex nuancing at work. Also, in case you missed my review, it's a must read this fall. MUST READ, people, honestly, I'm not sure I can bold that enough.
-Speaking of books I love, Shadow and Bone author, Leigh Bardugo has a fantastic pinterest board for the series. If you don't fall in love with Fatna-Farkh's caftans then there is definitely something wrong with you. Also, if you haven't bought yourself a copy of the book yet, make sure to order it from Books of Wonder so you can get a signed copy. Apparently you might luck out and get a full size copy of the map by Keith Thompson as well!
-Falling under the I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS category, the august teaser for The Evolution of Mara Dyer is up!
-Lesley Livingston's spin off series Starling has released in Canada (although I couldn't find it on my weekly Chapters visit, sigh), if you're looking for a tasty teaser, head on over to her facebook page. The first chapter is up, and as it accumulates more likes more will be available to read.
-If like me, you're sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the final part to Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series, then make sure to check out the prequel to it, Dead and Gone, an ebook. Honestly, sometimes I sincerely regret not owning an ereader.
-As the day of J.K. Rowlings next book approaches, media hype and speculation is starting to increase significantly. USA today had an intriguing article this week talking about why A Casual Vacancy has had such a small media campaign. The outrageous cover price has gone live on Amazon, though I imagine most places will similarly have a 30-60% off match. And finally, two UK and one US event has been announced. I would be excitedly planning a trip to NYC if I wasn't still disappointed by her from the IFOA event she did in TO after the final Harry Potter book. Yah, the one where they didn't give the SIX people standing outside in the rain a chance at un-filled seats, let in TONNES of media who didn't give a rats ass about the whole thing, and when she left in a limo after the event she couldn't even be bothered to roll down her tinted window and wave to the SIX people who'd been standing out in the rain for HOURS, just in the hopes of glimpsing her. I've never seen such crushed die-hard fans, ever. People cried. It was depressing, and I lost a bit of respect for her that day.
-Finally, in more chipper news! There are talks in the works to start work on a film adaptation of Divergent, Veronica Roth's extremely popular series. After watching the twitter bedlam over the daily sittings in TO of the TMI filming, I can only imagine how excited folks will be for a Divergent film. Can you imagine the stunts involved? I would not want to play Tris!
Now how's that for some Linkable deliciousness?