Dog-Eared and Dispatched: November 1, 2015
Now that you’re waking up from your Halloween hangover, take a look at what’s been happening in the book world this week. Ready? Set? Boo! …I mean, read.
As NPR says, “And every Halloween, a slew of spooky books are released to help commoditize the holiday.” Penguin has resurrected three classics with fantastical and horrific elements: Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti (pictured left/above), Perchance to Dream by Ray Bradbury, and The Case Against Satan by Ray Russell. The latter in particular was consigned to its genre box at its original release in 1962, when literary criticism had little to nothing to say about genre fiction, but over the years has risen to be regarded as the best of its subsection, better even than the much more well-known The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (yes, that Exorcist). [NPR]
- While smartphones become increasingly ubiquitous, sales of dedicated e-readers continue to decline.
- YouTube stars have the power to move books…but theirs, mostly, and debut novels—ghostwritten or otherwise—tend to sell in record numbers.
- Reading (or scanning) right-to-left is an old American military trick to disrupt soldiers’ usual reading habits to get them to notice more details, and is now also being used by photographers, although in reading Japanese, Hebrew, or Arabic the opposite would be true.
- The latest trends in Young Adult publishing suggest a push towards “contemporary realistic fiction,” although vampire and post-apocalyptic will always have their place.
- The New York Times has released its list for best illustrated children’s books of 2015, which include Big Bear Little Chair and The Only Child.
- Random House is publishing a book by the pope, entitled The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli.