Whether alive or dead, if you could hang out with one writer for a day, whether it be writer of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, who would it be? I would totally hang out with Emily Dickinson, because that chick was crazy.
From an anonymous IHCer: “I’m in the process of taking over the buying for a well established independent book store in the wilds of WA State. We have great stock so far, but I’d like to build up the sci-fi / fantasy / horror / science / tech / DIY / hacker / gardening / outdoors / everything aspect of the shop before the summer. Any hot book picks from the IHC crowd? Imagine you’re in the middle of nowhere with your family and you need something to read for a mountain vacation… GO!”
Before ou get too excited, note that I said “short story”, not “Doctor Who episode”. While it would be a contemporary Anglophile’s dream to have Rowling write an episode of Doctor Who, having her add her talent to the official Doctor Who canon is cool enough. But we can still all cross our fingers for a JK Rowling episode as well.
Ask even the dumbest kid and they’ll tell you that libraries are full of books. Not in Texas, where Bexar County is about to open the country’s first all digital library. So instead of dusty old smelly books all over the shelves, the library will be a hub of digital information and ebooks and hardcore pornography.
With three hugely popular Lord of the Rings movies and a trilogy of Hobbit movies, Tolkien is one hot property in Hollywood. Now there are rumors that Universal is working with the Tolkien estate to create a Middle Earth theme park. If Harry Potter can do it, it shouldn’t be difficult at all to sell a gazillion tickets to a Middle Earth adventure.