WWWednesday: August 17, 2022

Cover, the Annual Migration of CloudsSalman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator on Sunday, and was able to speak. A lone attacker stabbed Rushdie at an event in New York state on Friday. Hadi Matar, the alleged attacker, has pled not guilt to charges of attempted murder. Rushdie is probably best known for The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children. Voices worldwide have joined to acknowledge his work and hope for a good recovery.

Over the weekend the Canadian Aurora awards were announced. Fonda Lee won for Best Novel for Jade Legacy, Wab Kinew for Best YA novel with Walking in Two Worlds, and Premee Mohamad, best novella for The Annual Migration of Clouds.

Who blurbs a book about blurbs? I don’t know the answer, but the Guardian has a fun article on the art of book blurbs. (And here is the blurb for the book from their own bookshop site: “A dazzling dictionary of book blurbs, filled with writing trips, literary folklore and publishing secrets.”)

This article shares a lot of obscure DC Comics superheroes… including a Marvel super-bunny. One of these characters is a street. Yes, the character is Danny the Street and they’re a self-aware teleporting street. Honest.

Here is this week’s Publishers Weekly best seller index.

Careful, there are spoilers: The Mary Sue compares and contrasts the live-action Locke and Key with its graphic novel source material, especially the series ending.

Honestly, I linked to this one just for its great title.

Here’s another charming, if slight, article about smart birds, worth it for the video of the cockatoo Snowball dancing. I’m pretty sure Snowball not only varies his moves, but changes tempo at one point. In other words, he’s a better dancer than I am.

Here’s Kristen Chenowith singing “Taylor, the Latte Boy.” Why? Because she’s got a great voice and I like it.


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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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