Sunday, April 17, 2011


A few newsy items for your critical eyes, fair readers:
  1. I dare you not to at least internally squeal at this heinously adorable video of a tiny penguin being tickled. I want one!
  2. Curiouser and curiouser:  Neil Gaiman's American Gods adapted for an HBO series?  Not sure how I feel about this.  On the one hand, I loved how various world mythologies were the backbone of this book; it was truly a cool book.  On the other, I felt it kind of dragged a little and almost felt forced, perhaps because I didn't always like the protagonist.  On the other (yes, I have three hands), this is the exact kind of thing HBO would do a fantasticly magical job of adapting.  See why I am torn?
  3. Remember the flash mob happening in support of National Library Week happening at the Holyoke, MA mall that I mentioned in my last Tidbits post?  It happened and it looked like fun in a sculpture garden o'booklovers!  Well done, Team Library.  I'm impressed by those that held their arms up to hold up books and banners for five minutes straight.   But then again, books weigh a lot.  No doubt, librarians have tickets to the gun show!
  4. Are you in Boston or nearby?  Are you interested in YA lit?  Then save the date for this really cool event, punks:  (via the MASSYAC listserv)
    The Cambridge Public Library is proud to be Boston's only stop on the "Diversity in YA Fiction" national author tour!

    Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet these best-selling, award-winning teen authors:

    Holly Black (Modern Faerie series; Good Neighbors series; White Cat; Red Glove)
    Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon's Lexicon; The Demon's Covenant; The Demon's Surrender)
    Deva Fagan (Fortune's Folly; The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle)
    Malinda Lo (Ash; Huntress),
    Cindy Pon (Silver Phoenix; Fury of the Phoenix)
    Francisco X. Stork (Marcelo in the Real World; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors).

    Come early to be sure to get a seat!  Porter Square Books will have books available for purchase and autographing.

    Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
    Cambridge Public Library
    Lecture Hall
    449 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    For more information, call 617-349-4027.

    Created by Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon, Diversity in YA Fiction is a website ( and book tour which celebrate diverse stories in YA.  DIYA is a positive, friendly gathering of readers and writers who want to see diversity in their fiction, encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and welcome questions and discussion.

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