Tuesday Tidbits: Purple

Tuesday Tidbits: Purple

2016 Tuesday Tidbits (Graphic: Kim Tomacruz via Canva.com)

A weekly (ish) round-up of quotes and images from book lovers around the interwebs.

The application of the national interest test requires that we be proud and supportive of the authors and others who enrich our lives, not undermine them. — Anthony AlbanesePlan to end restrictions on parallel book imports does not stack up (Fairfax)

Author Donna Maree Hanson needs readers of romance fiction to answer a survey for her PhD. I love academic research into reader behaviour! You can find the survey here.

ARRA has published the results of its annual reader survey and there are some notable trends: a sharp drop in the popularity of rural romance; and the preference for mass market vs ebooks is now almost a mirror image of the 2009 results.

‘Also, of late, I have really struggled with the representation of 1%er category romance heroes. The good-looking, gazillionaire made of steal waiting to be melted by a heroine with a heart of gold is a total stretch for me even at the best of times. Gandalf is more likely to exist.’ — Vassiliki Veros, Shallowreader

Hayley Nash and romantic suspense author Shannon Curtis talk about sexy euphemisms in the second episode of the new Macquarie Dictionary podcast, Word for Word. You can listen to the episode here. Their segment starts at around 7:15.

Speaking of Haylee Nash (formerly Harlequin, then Booktopia, then Macmillan), she has decided to branch out on her own. The Nash Agency offers editing services as well as representation.

Kindle Unlimited is now available in Australia for AU$13.99 per month. — Books+Publishing

Booktopia will no longer list on the ASX, according to Books+Publishing. Instead, they will look for alternative funding.

C.S. Pacat will be back as a guest for the year-end special episode of ABC’s The Book Club on December 13. — Books+Publishing

Randa Abdel-Fattah, author of When Michael Met Mina [ Review ], has been nominated for the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This is the largest international children’s/YA literature award. The winner will be announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April. — Books+Publishing

Leave me by Gayle Forman [ BT | Amz ] made the shortlist of the Bad Sex in Fiction prize. You can read extracts from the nominees here. I really don’t think Forman’s contribution is anywhere near the worst sex scene I’ve ever read. It’s actually kind of sweet, in my opinion.

Upcoming book events

Nov 23 – Nov 27: Wollongong Writers Festival (NSW)
Nov 27: Sex on the Beach — Features Catherine EvansCassandra SamuelsDonna Gallagher and Rachel Brookes

Next year

Feb 18: Books by the Bridge (Sydney) — Features Alice Clayton and Sally Thorne
Feb 24 – Feb 26: Australian Romance Readers Convention (Melbourne) — Features Kylie ScottCourtney Milan and Kristen Callahan
Sep 16 – Sep 17: Fictionally Yours Melbourne — Features Jamie McGuire
Oct 21 – 22: Riveting Reads Australia (Brisbane)

Graphic: Kim Tomacruz via Canva.com

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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