Nathan Bransford, Author

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Last Few Weeks in Books 12/16/13

Photo by me. I'm on Instagram here.
I'm back! Hello! Anyone still here?

Sorry for the delays in blogging-related activities, we had the Thanksgiving, then we had the catching up from being gone from Thanksgiving, and then we had the holiday parties, and then we had the food poisoning, which I do not recommend for anyone (the food poisoning anyway, everything else was quite enjoyable).

But I do plan to return to relative normalcy, and here are a few of the links I noticed in the past few weeks. Also upcoming: our 5th Annual Heifer International Fundraiser!

First up, I am very pleased to be on a panel of judges for a short story competition that will benefit autism research in the UK. Please check it out and enter! Also they have extended the entry deadline until January 31st, 2014 (people it is almost 2014).

Business Insider created a map of the famous book in every state. To be honest I'm not so sure about the choice for my home state (East of Eden?), but there's no doubt about The Great Gatsby for my current state, New York. What about yours?

Author Jennifer Hubbard put together a fantastic history of YA novels, starting with the 1940s. They've been around longer than you'd think, though they've certainly changed a lot over the years.

Buzzfeed compiled a cool compilation of 21 writers talking about how they found the inspiration for their first book. (via Adelle Waldman)

Over in the Forums, the Great Spam Attack of 2013 has been beaten back, and it is safe again for your discussing pleasure. Head on over to talk about writing, swap critiques on your work and queries, ask me anything, and make general revelry. It's free to join of course. Stop on by!

And finally, the New Yorker had a terrific article about pickpocket Apollo Robbins earlier in the year, but it's hard to top his TED talk for sheer impressiveness:

Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

would love to read a quick tutorial on how to use Instagram. I've been a member for a while, but each time I'm there I can't figure out how to do a search to follow someone specific. They suggest following people I don't want to follow. And due to lack of time I give up and move on.

Sarah Allen said...

That photo is amazing! And I'm a HUGE TED talk fan, this is now on my list :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Thanks for linking. :-)

For that map, I wonder how they determined "most famous"--overall sales in the lifetime of the book?

Ilima Loomis said...

Poor Washington :)

Lisa Shafer said...

I've seen this map before, and I'm always surprised that The 19th Wife was chosen for Utah over The Monkey Wrench Gang. Seriously? I mean, I liked 19th Wife and all, but The Monkey Wrench Gang is a pretty well-known book.

Chris Bailey said...

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird = Alabama. No doubt.

Steve MC said...

Washington deserves better.

But great to see Red Sky at Morning in there. A forgotten YA classic.

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