BOOKMARKED is the name of our paper.li journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes paper.li, this is an adhoc round-up on the blog highlighting links and news that might be of interest.
There are only a couple weeks left ’til Book O’Clock. Mark it in your diaries — April 1, 5.30pm, upstairs at Small Bar, Erskine St, Sydney. Can’t wait to see you guys there! More details here.
ARRA book signing
The Australian Romance Readers Association has announced the details for this year’s author signing at the Romance Writers of Australia convention. The signing will be on Saturday, April 9, 5pm-6pm at the Pullman Hotel, Sydney Olympic Park. You can find more information on here, a list of participating authors here, and you can get tickets here.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
If you were a fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the show was part of the Twitter Fiction Festival. You can find an archive of the conversations here. Speaking of TLBD, I wonder if Kickstarter backers will finally get their DVDs this year?
Romance in the local media
- This article at the Wheeler Centre blog started some interesting conversations on Twitter around anonymous and pseudonymous reviewers. It debates the pros and cons of The Saturday Paper’s decision not to include full bylines of their book reviewers. Instead, they will replace reviewers’ names with a set of pseudonymous initials. In short, I agree with The Saturday Paper, and most of the arguments presented against it in the Wheeler Centre article reinforce my stereotypes of the literary community: snobby, provincial and uninterested or uninformed when it comes to genre concerns.
- You can find an interview of The Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen explaining the reasons why here: ‘It’s not the bad reviews that I’m worried about, it’s the good reviews that shouldn’t be good reviews.’ The last part of the interview was very interesting to me. Jensen talks about why he approaches book reviews differently from film and theatre reviews, which will not require anonymous bylines in his paper.
The Independent has declared they will no longer review books marketed exclusively to one gender. Independent on Sunday’s literary editor Katy Guest explains her reasons here. Guest’s reasoning is flawed and inconsistent. On on hand: ‘What we are doing by pigeon-holing children is badly letting them down’, yet she doesn’t hesitate to do just this very thing: ‘Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys.’ For the record, most girls I know love books about farts and snot, and most boys I know will happily sit through a Barbie Princess movie.
Lilit Marcus at The Frisky argues that that The Independent’s policy is counter-productive (via @VaVeros).
Guest clarifies her stance in a follow-up article. While this piece seems to soften The Independent’s stance a little, it’s pretty hazy on what would or would not be excluded. Basically, it boils down to ‘I’ll know it when I see it’.
For anyone who loves (or has kids who love) Let It Go, the Oscar-winning theme song of Frozen, check out Brian Hull singing the song in various Disney characters’ voices. He submitted this as an entry to win a $100 Disney gift voucher. I think Disney’s has now got more than $100 worth of advertising from him!