Mar 21 2006

Christopher Durang

Playwright Christopher Durang is best known for his award-winning black comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. I admit, I find large doses of Durang to be rather grating—the man is ...

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Mar 21 2006

Beatrix Potter = dead bunnies

I'm told that there's a movie in the works about the life of Beatrix Potter.I would be more excited about this, but I went to a lecture on the life of Beatrix Potter several years ago, and the spe...

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Mar 21 2006

Hollywood hearts Philip K. Dick

This......becomes this.While some Philip K. Dick purists are convinced that the author is probably spinning in his grave over the casting of poor Keanu, I remain open-minded about this movie. It's...

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Mar 20 2006

Wordcandy's (new and improved) weekly book snippet...

...now with 100% more background information!Excerpt from:The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects, by Michael BuckleyWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:The likable heroines, the clever twi...

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Mar 20 2006

Contests!

I thought I would kick off the week with a list of contests from some of our favorite wordcandy authors. All of these require very little effort, and the best part is that many of of the prizes in...

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Mar 19 2006

Tarzan

Pulp fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs died on this date in 1950 at the age of 74. Burroughs was definitely a product of his times (Richard Slotkin's book Gunfighter Nation features some excell...

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Mar 18 2006

Wordcandy-friendly wall art

If you're in the market for some book-related artwork, check out PODgallery.com's collection of vintage pulp fiction prints:And my personal favorite:

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Mar 17 2006

Really, what household is complete...

...without a Jane Austen action figure to call their own?(Available at Mcphee.com)

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Mar 16 2006

Why, Ms. Krentz? Why?

I decided it was time to do another post on great covers by wordcandy authors. You know-- keeping it positive, recognizing authors who actually care how the outside of their books look.... But the...

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Mar 16 2006

Stephanie Plum!

It looks like we finally have a date for the twelfth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Twelve Sharp will be released June 20th! For those of you who can't wait to see what trouble Stephanie gets ...

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Mar 15 2006

Hollywood doesn't know what to do with Heyer, either.

So, it turns out that there IS actually an American film version of one of Heyer's books. Check out these charming pictures from the 1951 movie "The Reluctant Widow", AKA "The Inheritance":Okay, I...

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Mar 14 2006

Alan Moore + Hollywood = ...meh.

Brace yourselves, gentle readers, there's another Alan Moore film adaptation coming out. Why? Why does Hollywood keep doing this to us? Was From Hell any good? No. Was The League of Extraordina...

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Mar 14 2006

Wordcandy loves the poetry of T.S. Eliot

The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockS'io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno ...

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Mar 13 2006

Wordcandy does NOT love Peyton Place.

From the AP Wire:Sandra Bullock to star in film about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious(AP) - NEW YORK-Sandra Bullock has agreed to star in a film about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious, ...

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Mar 12 2006

Tim Powers

Awarding-winning sci-fi/fantasy writer Tim Powers is the author of The Anubis Gates, one of the few time travel stories that I can honestly say didn’t make my head hurt. The Anubis Gates is a “se...

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Mar 12 2006

Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is the pen name used by the series of authors who have produced the various Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the creations of ...

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Mar 12 2006

Franklin W. Dixon

Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by the series of authors who have produced the various Hardy Boys books. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift were all the creations...

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Mar 12 2006

Allen Kurzweil

A former teacher and freelance journalist, Allen Kurzweil is the author of two books for children, Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip, as well as two books for adults, The ...

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Mar 11 2006

Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (and its sequels) feature two ongoing parallel stories: one about a modern-day scholar, and one about the people that she’s researching. T...

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Mar 11 2006

Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen

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As everyone who spent any time around me in the fall of 2005 knows, I couldn't stand the most recent film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It played up the dramatic aspects of the story and played down everything else. I thought it was too short to do the story justice. The casting was all wrong. (I’m not saying Mr. Darcy wasn’t very pretty, because he totally was, but prettiness isn’t everything.) The whole thing felt like a commercial for a longer, better movie...

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Mar 6 2006

The great bookshelf quest!

I always seem to be on the lookout for a bookshelf. I spend months looking for the ideal balance of function and design. When I finally find one that works, I bring it home, it's instantly filled...

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Mar 5 2006

Wordcandy Weekly Book Snippet

Jim, the neighbor who lives in the three-story colonial down the block, has recently turned 50. You know this because Jim's wife threw him a surprise party about a month ago. You also know this b...

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Mar 4 2006

Judy Blume's feminine protection: redux

Judy Blume's groundbreaking novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret has apparently been updated for today's readers. All mentions of the "pink belt" (Margaret's great coming-of-age landmark) h...

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Mar 4 2006

Keeping our bookshelves safe...

...from the horrors of gay penguin love. Thank you, fine parents in Savannah, MO! Way to keep your eyes on the important stuff! From the AP Wire:"Parents Complain About Book's UndertonesMarch 0...

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Feb 20 2006

I can't believe that Meg's biggest complaint was the cover art...

When she could have been complaining about the TITLE.EW!

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Feb 20 2006

Wordcandy loves Lewis Carroll's poetry

The Walrus and the Carpenter"The sun was shining on the sea,Shining with all his might:He did his very best to makeThe billows smooth and bright--And this was odd, because it wasThe middle of the ...

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Feb 19 2006

Wordcandy Weekly Book Snippet

A new feature for the blog- snippets of Wordcandy goodness!"Did you know," he said, "my cousin said that in America there's shops that sell thirty-nine different flavors of ice cream?"This even si...

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Feb 19 2006

Readers 14 and under, take note!

If you're under 14 years of age and into creative writing, Wordcandy author Michael Buckley (author of the Sisters Grimm series) is holding an awesome contest through his website. Write your own ...

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Feb 18 2006

Nora Roberts movies?

LOS ANGELES, February 1: Four bestselling novels from Nora Roberts will be adapted into original TV movies through a deal announced today between the author, Peter Guber's Mandalay Television and ...

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Feb 18 2006

Mervyn Peake

The works of Mervyn Peake, poet, illustrator, and author of the children’s story Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and the fantasy/horror Gormenghast trilogy, fall somewhere between Edward Gorey...

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