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For the Bibliophile Who Has it All

Can’t find a gift for the wordy, nerdy and bookish on your list?  Penguin books presents the best holiday gift ever:

1. Who isn’t secretly lusting over a slightly used, ORANGE mini-cooper?  The ultimate character car.  Car with character? Car that could become a character? You choose.

2. Who wouldn’t kill to have said car graffiti-fied by Penguin legends like William Kennedy, Sue Monk Kidd and Rosanne Cash (18 Penguin Authors in all)?

3.  The absolutely reasonable asking price of $30k includes…a collection of top Penguin titles over the last 75 years.  Yes… the car comes with $1200 worth of books.

I really don’t know what else there could be to discuss, and amazingly as of today AutoTrader .com still confirms the car has not been snatched up. Go. Shop. Spend. All proceeds benefit the NY Public Library.

(P.S. if you are purchasing for me as a gift, just shoot me an email and I’ll gladly send you a shipping destination)

More details at:
BookBitchBlog: Best Holiday Gift Ever!.

Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle Service

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Does the Amazon Kindle look less appealing to anyone else lately?  I’m amazed that they had the foresight to include a feature to remotely erase books you’ve purchased from your device.  But, yes folks – seems somewhere in the fine print it says, “we own you baby, and we own everything you own.”

Check out this fascinatingly sad tidbit!

Amazon erases Orwell books from Kindle service

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Dyer Drives Sales for Hay House

“Fueled by Wayne Dyer’s appearances on PBS pledge drives since mid-May, Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits is back at #1 on Amazon, and has spent 17 days in the Top 100. Libraries we checked are catching up to heavy reserves, with copies on order.”

(source: EarlyWord)

2009 Mythopoeic Award Finalists Announced

MythopoeicAwards-thumb-550x265-18543The cover-art alone just makes us drool.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon XL, to be held July 17-20, 2009, in Los Angeles, Calif.

The nonprofit Mythopoeic Society promotes fantastic and mythic literature, particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, all of whom belonged to the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings.”

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult LiteratureCarol Berg, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone (Roc)
Daryl Gregory, Pandemonium (Del Rey)
Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia (Harcourt)
Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head (Ace)
Gene Wolfe, An Evil Guest (Tor)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Kristin Cashore, Graceling (Harcourt Children’s Books)
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins)
Diana Wynne Jones, House of Many Ways (HarperCollins)
Ingrid Law, Savvy (Dial)
Terry Pratchett, Nation (HarperCollins)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Gavin Ashenden, Charles Williams: Alchemy and Imagination (Kent State, 2008)
Veryln Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, eds. Tolkien on Fairy-Stories: Expanded Edition, With Commentary and Notes (HarperCollins, 2008)
John Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-End (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford, 2008)
Elizabeth A. Whittingham, The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth (McFarland, 2008)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

Charles Butler, Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper (Children’s Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, 2006)
Jason Marc Harris, Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Ashgate, 2008)
Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan University Press, 2008)
Marek Oziewicz, One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card (McFarland, 2008)
Richard Carl Tuerk, Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the Frank L. Baum Books (McFarland, 2007)

Intrigued?  Find out more about The Mythopoeic Society and it’s Members here.

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