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Town check out all the books from its library in an effort to avoid closure.

This essay on why Chinese mothers are superior seems to have started the largest Internet debate this week.

People got almost as heated about the number of spaces at the end of a sentence.

The difficulty of writing novels set in the Internet age.

Neil Gaiman is to star in the Simpsons.

Harper Collins release enhanced ebooks for The Chronicles of Narnia series:

Stieg Larsson was the top European writer in 2010.

The judges for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize have been announced.

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  1. Sandy says:

    OK, my eyes perked up when I saw that The Night Watch is being adapted for TV. I hope they don’t screw it up. It will be particularly tricky to get it right.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I haven’t read The Night Watch yet. I’m going to have to pick it up soon. I’m sure you don’t need to worry about them getting it right – all her others have been adapted beautifully so far. :-)

  2. Dorte H says:

    Thank you for the link about writing in the internet age. The article raises a very interesting point (but is far too long for the internet in my opinion). I admit that I tend to cheat a bit when I write cosy mysteries by having village constables pedalling around in the country side. Still, I don´t believe for one moment that readers of that particular genre want murders solved via satellite & advanced forensics. So the setting, sub-genre and the level of technology must go together.

    1. Jackie says:

      Dorte, I am sometimes frustrated that murders aren’t solved by checking the Internet. I’m guessing that cozy mysteries will increasingly become pieces of historical fiction, but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing.

  3. Jeane says:

    I love the story about the library with empty shelves. What a way for a community to show their support! That’s awesome, and I really hope it has the desired results.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jeane, I hope it works for them too. I’ll be keeping my eye out for news on it.

  4. I also loved the story about the townspeople emptying a whole library. Great idea. Let’s hope it has an impact.

    1. Jackie says:

      Judith, I wonder if there will be copycat emptying in other places too :-)

  5. Shannon says:

    I look forward to reading the book about Chinese mothers/parents. I grew up in a neighbourhood that was about 70% Chinese and saw firsthand exactly what she was talking about and the results that come from it.

    And the empty bookshelves in the library is pretty cool!

    1. Jackie says:

      Shannon, It is a very interesting article, but in many ways the heated debate that followed reveals even more. I hope that you enjoy reading it.

  6. Enhanced e books? I dont know if I should be excited or scared or both? Hmmmm…. both. I still have to figure out how to use my e reader I got for Christmas…LOL

    1. Jackie says:

      Sheila, Both probably ;-) I still haven’t even got an ereader, so have to be content with internet clips :-(

  7. Kathleen says:

    I love the story of the town that checked out all of the books in their library so it wouldn’t be shut down. Well done!

  8. stacybuckeye says:

    Well, the article did not convince me that 2 spaces after a sentence is wrong. Yes, I put in two spaces :)

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