Friday, June 12, 2009

Book News, In Brief

With indie bookstores going bust every day, it's nice to read about one re-opening. Martha's Vineyard's Bunch of Grapes is back, almost a year to day since they were forced to close due to a fire.

British bookstore chain WH Smith has signed an exclusive deal with Penguin -- to sell only Penguin travel books. Unsurprisingly, The British Guild of Travel Writers is all like, "Eh, wot?" and "Bloody hell, Harry!"

USA Today plans to charge for a daily, digital version of their motel freebie. The for-a-fee version will be delivered via email to suckers willing to pay for the same content they could get for free on the paper's website.

It's Marley & Me meets Pet Cemetery -- at least that's how I'd sum up yesterday's news that Marley & Me author John Grogan plans to resurrect his dead dog for 13 HarperCollins children's books. I mean, whatever happened to 'Rest In Peace'?

Cuz I'm in a one-blog competition to make the most Where The Wild Things Are related posts in a six month span, allow me to direct you to a new site called Terrible Yellow Eyes. It's an online tribute to Maurice Sendak's masterpiece, where fans of the book are encouraged to send in their own artistic interpretations of Max and the monsters.