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Abibliophobia: The Book Lover’s Greatest Fear

Do you suffer from abibliophobia? I know I do.

Over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, author Sarah Wendell posted an illustrated definition for the word that means “the fear of running out of reading material.”

Last week, we introduced you to the Japanese word “Tsundoku,” which is the “act of leaving a book unread after buying it.” Perhaps this is the dark side of abibliophobia, but I don’t want to be cured…

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New Jersey Library Activism Sweeps Twitter

When librarians convinced U.S. Representative from New Jersey to not vote for a proposal to cut library funding, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books founder Sarah Wendell created a #jerseylibrarians hashtag–collecting hardboiled wisdom about New Jersey librarians like “Grab the book. AND the cannoli.

The American Library Association recently released an alert, urging librarians around the country to fight “an amendment submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding specifically for libraries.” Soon after the activists mobilized, NJLA posted this great news: “US Rep. Garrett’s office says he is not going forward with a vote on Amendment 35.”

Follow this link to check out the Jersey Librarian hashtag. Add your tweets to the stream and keep sending advocacy emails–the NJLA worries that someone else could support the amendment. Check out our Best Library People on Twitter list to support librarians around the country.

Sarah Wendell Writing New Romance Column for Kirkus Reviews

kirkus.jpgSarah Wendell, the co-creator of the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books romance blog, has joined Kirkus Reviews as a columnist.

In her inaugural column, Wendell explained her focus: “I’ll be talking about romance novels—books I adore and trends I notice—and take requests for your recommendations and rants about romance. ” Herbert Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers and “chairman emeritus” of the Simon Property Group, acquired Kirkus Reviews earlier this year.

Here’s more from her first column: “When readers go hunting for books to read, they might ask a librarian or bookstore employee for recommendations, but they are just as likely to ask a fellow reader of that same genre. Kirkus’ goal with its new website and editorial direction is to include and welcome the avid book reader into the book discovery and discussion process.”

Nickname Dan Brown’s Release Date

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgThe release date for bestselling author Dan Brown‘s new book is somewhat like a baby born with a whopping trust fund and daunting expectations–it deserves a media nickname. Brown’s last book sold about 81 million copies worldwide, the September 15th release of “The Lost Symbol” promises to be one of the most over-hyped and over-scrutinized release dates of 2009.

In other words, the media needs a slogan, catchphrase, or some other kind of cultural shorthand to describe this event. Sara Nelson suggested “DB-Day” in a Daily Beast article. On Twitter, GalleyCat readers weighed in: Sarah Wendell suggested these: “The This-Ain’t-Fixing-Publishing Code” and “Accounts Payable and Demons.” Sean Ferrell added this suggestion: “Releasavalations Day.” Unmoved by the hype, Ryan Chapman proposed calling it “Marco Polo’s birthday.”

What do you think? Add your catchy slogan in the comments section. The winner will see their name and catchphrase floating around this site as GalleyCat reports on this As-Yet-Unnamed-Dan-Brown-Publishing-Event.

Rogue Digital Conference!

rogue.jpgThis year’s Romance Writers of America annual conference will not focus on digital publishing, as GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan summarized in an essay last month.

A number of writers, publishers, and readers have organized a rogue digital conference on July 16 at 8 a.m. in the same hotel. Entitled “Think Fresh, Think Digital,” the line-up includes Sarah Wendell of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks, (who was quite recently profiled), Jane Litte from Dear Author, Angela James, executive editor of Samhain Publishing, and the authors Maya Banks and Lauren Dane.

Here’s more from the post: “While we have some great sponsors including: Books on Board, Red Sage Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Quartet Press, and Smart Bitches, this is a streamlined event and we would ask you to bring your own tea, coffee, hashbrowns or donuts. That’s right, it’s BYOTCH-D.”

No Chance of Evanovich/Cannell Collaboration

When Warner Books – now, of course, known to one and all as Grand Central Publishing – first announced that Janet Evanovich and Stephen Cannell would be joining forces for a new series, it did so with a few hiccups. The deal was first posted, then taken back down, then put back again. It seemed a minor point, something to forget about – not a harbinger of things to come.

Earlier this month, Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books got a tip from an anonymous reader wondering why Evanovich’s site, after trumpeting the upcoming collaboration, no longer mentioned the book anywhere. Anonymous had read chapter one, posted on June 1, and when she went back on July 1, there was no chapter two – or chapter one, for that matter. And things got even stranger. “If you type “no chance” site:evanovich.com into a Google search, there’s remnants of quite a few pages – but they’re all 404s,” reported the tipster. “Meanwhile, Cannell used to have it on his news page, home page and appearances page – those mentions are gone, too.” An excerpt was still available on Cannell’s website as of July 9, and is now, but that’s about it.

And that’s about all we’ll see, thanks to Wendell’s update yesterday. According to her source at an unnamed Big Box Bookstore, “the Evanovich/Cannell novel NO CHANCE has ‘no chance’ of being published. The book has been canceled with no date for rescheduling.” When reached for comment yesterday evening, Evanovich confirmed the news. “Steve [Cannell] and I ran into scheduling problems,” she said by email. “We still have an active partnership but the project is on hold right now. As of right now we haven’t a publishing date.” Interestingly, the Amazon page remains active, though that may not be for much longer…

How Kathleen Woodiwiss Changed Romance

One need only read the tributes paid to romance author Kathleen Woodiwiss, who died yesterday at the age of 68, to get an inkling of the impact her work had on readers. “Meeting Ms. Woodwiss [sic] in Houston and hearing her speak was a pleasure. She was such a sweet person and she made immeasurable contribution to the romance industry,” wrote Carolyn Smith of Weatherford, TX. “It is through her work that I fell in love with historical romance and because of her I write the same,” commented Melissa G. of Murfeesboro, TN. Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books noted that “without her work, the genre we both love wouldn’t be what it is today”, and at the Goddess Blogs, Karen Hawkins was effusive in praising the work of a woman she never had a chance to meet. Woodiwiss’s fellow Avon author Teresa Medeiros summed up the appeal of Woodiwiss’s controversial but landmark debut novel, THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER:

Whether you love The Flame and the Flower or hate it, we’re still talking about it thirty years later. How many other romances will be able to make that claim? As I turned the last page of the book with a wistful sigh, I was humbled all over again by what a tremendous debt of gratitude we all owe Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Brandon Birmingham and Heather Simmons are truly the grandparents of all the historical heroes and heroines who came after them. At the end of the book, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss shouldn’t have written The End, but The Beginning.

Woodiwiss’s passing comes only a few days before the Romance Writers of America hosts its annual convention, which starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. It remains to be seen whether RWA will have any sort of official tribute, as the convention plans its program months in advance, but there’s little doubt Woodiwiss, and her influence, will be on the minds of many over the course of the week.

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