Good Reading : June 2008
10 good reading ı JUNE 2008 book trivia Another Award for Shaun Tan The Arrival by Shaun Tan has been nominated for a Hugo award in the United States. These are the official awards of the World Science Fiction Society, open to sci-fi, fantasy and horror titles. Tan’s graphic novel has been nominated in the ‘best related book’ category for a title ‘which is related to science fiction, fantasy or fandom but does not qualify for any of the fiction categories’. Tan has also been nominated in the ‘best professional artist’ category. The awards will be announced on 9 August at the 66th World Science Fiction Convention. For a full list of the nominations visit the Hugo Awards website: http://www.thehugoawards.org This into that In Fully Booked (gr June 2005), we featured artist and bibliophile Jim Rosenau who makes the most amazing furniture and artworks from books. He has made reading chairs, tables, bookshelves and bookcases and with each book carefully chosen, his designs are custom-made to reflect the life and personality of the client. Rosenau, son and grandson of publishers, has been exhibiting his work since 2002 and has an upcoming show in Denver in July. The Ladder of Success is based on an idea from Francie Burnham and from bottom to top, the rungs on the ladder read as follows: The Family: Its Function and Destiny, Not Like Our Parents, Moving Up, The Things That Matter Most, Vital Friends, Time Flies When You’re Alive, The Secrets of a Happy Life, The Bright Promise, This Wondrous Way of Life, Anything Can Happen. Rosenau’s website is at www.thisintothat.com Pictured right: the piece is almost two metres (193cm) tall. The vertical rails are made from an encyclopaedia set from the 1940s. Photo by Kim Harrington. Pictured below: Larkitecture. Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp Moves from Page to Screen Mitch Rapp fans will be looking forward to his screen debut now that CBS Films, Simon & Schuster and author Vince Flynn have agreed to establish a global franchise. The action-thriller films based on Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character are tied in with a new agreement between Atria and Simon & Schuster and will result in a four-book global publishing deal for all world rights, including translation and audio. Amy Baer, President and CEO of CBS said ‘With the Mitch Rapp series, Vince Flynn has created a relatable, modern, post- 9/11 hero for the action/thriller genre’. Bits of Books As we all probably spend more time reading emails than we do reading books, why not have bits of books conveniently delivered to your inbox? Well, it makes perfect sense that if books can be serialised in newspapers, they could also be serialised in emails.That thought inspired the inventive folk who established DailyLit.com. Sign up and they’ll send you a portion of the classic or contemporary title of your choice at the time of your choice.These digestible chunks can be read in two to five minutes. Public domain titles are free and copyrighted titles are available via pay per read.Take Moby Dick for example. It’s entirely free and comes in 260 instalments.You can browse the site by title, author or category and there’s also a forum so you can chat with other readers. Clever stuff! Dubai will be the venue for the first ever literary festival in the Middle East next year. The inaugural Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature will take place between 25 February and 1 March 2009 and will be launched at this year’s London Book Fair. The festival will be directed by Isobel Abulhoul, director of Magrudy’s, the region’s leading chain of bookshops, and Bill Samuel, vice chairman of Foyles.