Books that inspired some of the 2014 Oscar-nominated films
Perusing bookish links this week brought me back to a dark, musty smelling classroom in elementary school, where a small group of us Accelerated Readers were placed during reading hour. Whilst the rest of our class enjoyed a leisurely read next door, we were reading a story, flashed line-by-line, across a large screen. There was no pretending to pay attention; we were tested on retention. Yet as much as I hated tests, I cannot recall ever hating that class. Thank goodness. The skill that exercise afforded me saved my bacon on more than one occasion.
But I digress.
So, this week’s bookish tidbits . . .
Speaking of which, want to be a faster reader? There’s an app for that.
Remember when we mentioned the mysterious fellow behind the Twitter account @GSElevator had a book deal? Well, he’s been unmasked, if you will (hint: he’s not a Goldman Sachs employee).
Congratulations to Stephen Jones and R.L. Stine, the 2014 recipients of the lifetime achievement award (courtesy of the Horror Writers Association). They will be presented their award in May, at the Bram Stoker Awards.
Letters home . . .
Amtrak has announced a new writers residency program. Does that not sound like a little piece of heaven?
‘Read Novels to Reduce Anxiety’ . . . you do not have to tell us twice.