Hello, everyone! Are you keeping up with your New Year's Resolutions? I'm trying to do my best, although I don't know for how long! Anyway, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week.
- I'm saddened by the death of David Bowie. He will be much missed. In 2013, the artist posted a list of his 100 favourite books. The list features a great variety of books.
- Watch now the book trailer of Ben H.Winters' upcoming novel Underground Airlines. The novel will be published on June 5, 2016. I can't wait!
- Octarine, the eighth colour of the rainbow in the imaginary world of Discworld, might soon take its place in the periodic table. There is a petition, that was signed by almost 13,000 people, that one of the four recently discovered elements should take this name, as a tribute to the late author Terry Pratchett.
- Our Shared Self is a new feminist book club that Emma Watson has started on Twitter. The first book that was suggested by the actor is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. Are you joining?
- Jennifer Armentrout will be releasing a new novel in 2016 and I'm very excited about it! The book will be called The Problem With Forever and is due on May 17. But, until then, read an excerpt!
- Also, Marissa Meyer, the author of the Lunar Chronicles will release her first standalone novel, which is called Heartless. It's a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and you can find it in the bookstores on February 2, 2016. There is also an extract from the book available!
- We all imagine in some way or another the characters in the books we are reading, based on the descriptions given by the authors. I'm also sure that we have complained that the casting of a character in the film adaptation wasn't right because we had another mental image. The illustrator Brian Joseph Davis has used a law enforcement sketch software, in order to create the portraits of various book characters based on the descriptions given in the novels. The result is truly outstanding!
- The artist Ji Zhou has created 3D maps using recycled books and paper. The images are truly wonderful!
- Which Jedi Master Will Teach You The Ways of the Force? Take the quiz to find out! I got Qui-Gon Jinn, which one did you get?