May 05, 2012

Free Comic Book Day / Prodigy by Marie Lu / Hilarious Ellen Video!

This Saturday we'd like to share five pieces of news for you....

For the first time in 35 years, there will be no Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Readers everywhere as well as the publishing world were disappointed, angry and frustrated with the Pulitzer board's decision.

When a book earns the Pulitzer Prize, it usually means instant prestige and a huge boost in sales for the author and the publisher. This year, there were three fiction novels up for the prize: Denis Johnson with his novella "Train Dreams", Karen Russell for "Swamplandia!" and David Foster Wallace for "The Pale King". 

According to Pulitzer administrator, Sig Gissler, there was no fictional prize winner because none of the three entries received a majority of board votes. He also wrote in an email, "I can say that multiple factors were involved. Beyond that, we do not discuss the deliberations, which are confidential. We realize that the lack of an award in Fiction is a disappointment to many. We regret that. But I can assure you that the Board made a considered decision."

What Do You Think About the Board's Decision?

Tomorrow, the first Saturday in May, retailers and publishers are ready to give away more than 3.5 million free comics at events. This international event involves hundreds of stores in 46 countries with 40 publishers. 

One comic book owner said, "It draws people in who don't normally come to a comic shop and, hopefully, they browse when they're here."

This summer, there are three huge super hero film adaptations - "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises", and "The Amazing Spider-Man". 

Click here to find a comic book shop near you that plans on participating!  

Check It Out!

Readers flocking to book stores to grab up E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" need to be a bit careful that they're not actually getting "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys. 

The similar titles are about the only thing these two books have in common! "Between Shades of Gray" is the story of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl who is exiled to Siberia in 1941...not quite what they were expecting! 

I Find This Completely Hilarious!

On May 3rd, USA Today revealed the cover for the second book in the Legend series by Marie Lu. This past November, Lu released her debut novel, "Legend" - a new dystopian series. A movie adaptation of the first book is currently in development. 

Are You Excited for this Next Book?



  1. I think Ellen is hilarious. She's not fit to play Anna. Thanks for the Saturday book news.

  2. Wow - that's really sad about the Pulitzer board's decision :(

  3. Pulitzer... smh
    I LOVED that video from Ellen. While I havent read the series, I loved the way Ellen totally destroyed the books. It was just hilarious :)
    And the cover of Prodigy yay!!! I saw it on Facebook and flipped out. And then I read the excerpt and and flipped out some more. Yay for excitement!!!
    Thanks for the post!
    Alyssa Susanna

  4. The video from Ellen is just PRICELESS!!! I also love the cover and title for Prodigy. Epic!!!

  5. I'm really and truly excited for Prodigy! Can't wait! And Ellen completely cracked me up.

  6. Someone posted on my IMM yesterday that she was so excited to get to read Fifty Shades of Grey - and the book that came in my mailbox was Between Shades of Grey! I found it irritating. Not only are the books completely different when you look at their synopses, but the covers are different, too, so she didn't take that close of a look at the post.

  7. I LOVE that Ellen video! She can turn pretty much anything funny! LOVE IT!! I've been hearing so much about Fifty Shades of Grey, that I guess I'm just going to have to pick it up soon, and check it out for myself ;).

  8. I hope that more people read Between Shades mistakenly thinking that it was Fifty Shades because Between Shades is an excellent book! (commenting as Justine)


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