Fans of Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN were excited to hear from the author that he was planning an epic sci-fi book entitled, ZHEK, to be released sometime in 2016 or 2017. But he’s turned the tables on us, and is instead working on something different…with a female lead!
Weir has pushed ZHEK to the backburner for now to focus on a story that will take place on the Moon. It will still be very science-oriented, something which a lot of people loved in his first book, THE MARTIAN. But this time, his lead character will be a woman living on the moon in a city and world that, among other things, has practically no sexism. Instead of working on a book that dealt with time travel, aliens, and supposed scientific breakthroughs, Weir has chosen to keep this new book scientifically accurate, with real-world plausibilities.
We can expect to see this one a little later in 2017 or possibly 2018, as Weir has been busy with all of THE MARTIAN’s publicity. And hopefully, it will be worth the wait. It almost feels like things are happening in real time along with his character Mark Watney’s stay on Mars. But that’s the publishing world, folks.
The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is being sought out by Beyonce fans.
While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:
The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?
This year, during class visits from St. Mary’s Catholic School, we’ve been reading THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier. It’s a dark, wonderful tale, and the kids have been enjoying it so much, I’ve even had children stop me in the grocery store begging me to tell them a few secrets from upcoming chapters. (I don’t.)
So when I came across an interview with Auxier that uses questions from eight other children’s book authors, I was super interested to hear what he had to say. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
If my group of writers doing Camp NaNoWriMo could take away one great piece of advice from this interview, I think it would be regarding distractions. Auxier doesn’t even have INTERNET ACCESS on his phone or computer! Wow. That’s dedication to writing.
It was 20 years ago that Stephen King released his now famous book THE GREEN MILE in a monthly serial format. Readers had to wait for the next tiny chapter to be published…or until the entire book was put together into one novel…but they didn’t seem to mind. It was an old way of releasing a book, but new to most of King’s fans. And boy, did we read!
Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of the wildly successful book, S & S/Scribner is taking it all back and re-releasing the book in serial format to a new set of readers, and this time they’re going digital! THE GREEN MILE is one of the many books that appeals to readers who might not otherwise be fans of Stephen King (doesn’t everyone think all he writes is horror?), and these small chapters in eBook format will appeal to readers who want something short to read, but feel like they’re taking part in something bigger.
Right now, you can read a sample of the first chapter THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, on OverDrive.
What do YOU think of serials?
BookNet Canada has released a fun infographic detailing book sales in Canada in 2015. I must say, I was a little surprised about the statistic on non-fiction books, even though adult colouring is a pretty big thing right now. What does this say about us right now, though?
Calling all young writers in Grades 7 – 12….it’s the 2016 CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge!! No, they don’t want you to take a photo of yourself dressed like Shakespeare…they want you to do a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best ideas….the soliloquy! After all, Shakespeare was doing his best to speak to his audience through them, just like young people do with their camera phones today.
Drop by the website, click on the link, and download the topic PDF. Then, write 200-400 words on the subject, and you’re on your way! There are great examples on the site, so you won’t be wondering just how to do this, and you’ll even get to know the judge a bit. Did I mention there is an iPad mini up for grabs for each age group? Why are you waiting? Go and do this now!
Find out everything at the CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie Challenge website.
Now, go forth, and write thee a soliloquy!
We have lots of participants in Camp NaNoWriMo again this April. Many of our library writers have done this before, but we also have three new people who are going to do their best to write books this month. It’s a hard task, but it’s also a very rewarding challenge!
And later this Spring, we’re hoping to debut a fun new aspect of our library writing group. (Hint: you’ll get to “meet” them and see what we’re all about.) So, stay tuned for more fun happenings at the library this month. And if you happen to see someone working on a book while you’re at the library, cheer them on. They’ll appreciate it!