"The first chapters of this are the best I’ve read about 9/11, because they conjure the strange and extraordinary exhilaration of those early days after the attack, the heightened sense of existence that accompanies being present at the moment the world was transformed, however tragically."
KEY BACKLIST Not much more to say other than #Ferguson. Put up a display, librarians.
Women Are the Future
Women, http://t.co/PNRmAvbzcg the biggest Hugo Award winners. That works for me. http://t.co/YRGVJBLE9P— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw)August 17, 2014
As pointed out above, the fairer sex dominated the Hugo Awards last night in London. While Macmillan’s Tor imprint took home most of the brass, Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice (from Hachette’s Orbit imprint), earned the overall title of Best Novel. Not too bad.
Consider all the winners additional KEY BACKLIST.
KEY BACKLIST You probably thought I had gone crazy with all my Moomin talk on Twitter while I was on vacation in Scandinavia. Well, Moomins are real, people, book-real, and starting in September, Tove Jansson’s children’s classics (originally published in the author’s native Swedish) will be available in ebook form for the first time in America from Macmillan.
What did I learn about these adventurous, hippo-like creatures from Moominland? For starters, they have myriad fans around the world and are especially dear to children in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Three of my traveling companions purchased Moomin gear to celebrate Jansson’s 100th birthday this month.
An accomplished illustrator and uncloseted lesbian ahead of the times, Jansson also wrote expressly for adults. The Summer Book, from Cloud publishing partner NYRB, came highly recommended from several people I talked to on my travels. And how’s this for a heart breaker of a quote as the dog days of summer wind into autumn?:
"I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know. Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing: when both have fallen in love but still haven’t said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing."