Art & Lit News: Book Bandits, Catching Fire, and How to Be Alone


“The Wind in the Willows” book bench


  • The poem “How to Be Alone” by Halifax poet Tanya Davis that went viral on YouTube has now become an illustrated book.
  • The Globe and Mail offers their guide to the 100 best books of the year.
  • In news that does not surprise me at all, a study shows that young adults prefer printed books to their electronic compatriots.
  • Harry Potter still rules: the Philosopher’s Stone has just been voted the UK’s favourite children’s book.
  • Read the epic tale of a Tennessee library vs. their elusive book bandit and learn that the most coveted library books are those on pregnancy and dream interpretation (what?).
  • In news guaranteed to make you feel worse about yourself this Welsh romance author has just been named one of the world’s most influential teens.
  • For the next ten weeks in London, you can park yourself on one of their Book Benches anytime you need a literary break.
  • Selfie has just been named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year and linguists around the world weep.
  • This is a significant decision in the world of publishing and copyright: Google Books has won its case for putting fully digitized books online for free.
  • Independent bookshops (yes, they still exist!) are giving their quirky recommendations for Christmas.

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s box office numbers have apparently been disappointing, despite rave reviews.
  • Maybe I should call this Screen-to-Book: the Ron Burgundy memoir is a thing that really exists.
  • And in a similar vein, Cary Elwes is also writing a memoir, about the filming of The Princess Bride.
  • More screen-to-book: celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die.
  • The new 007 novel reportedly features a Bond more like the books than the movies.
  • The dreaded Fifty Shades movie has officially been pushed back to February 2015, among a myriad of other difficulties (ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?).



Karri is a music teacher, an author and an indie publisher from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her novella, The Con, explores the frighteningly fascinating world of fandoms, and she is currently working on her first full-length novel, Bent. Connect with her at