This Week’s Writing Links

The beginning of fall (should) bring productivity back to those writers who are suffering from summer sabbaticals away from their typewriters. It is much easier to force yourself to produce those 1,000 words a day now that the nice weather has left us.

To help you get back on the right track, we have some writing links this week, including Chicago’s One City, One Book for the season (Zusak’s The Book Thief), JK Rowling’s rather quick return to children’s fiction, SF Signal’s podcast about the domination of bleak sci-fi within the genre and the AV club’s review of Slow Apocalypse.

Chicago’s One City, One Book is a program that promotes reading through the selecting of a novel for a city wide book club. This season’s choice is Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, which for those of you that have not read it is a fantastic book. It reminded me of really great YA/children’s books I read as a kid like Maniac Magee, Number the Stars and The Giver. Books that really stay with you long after you’ve read the last lines.

Zusak will be in Chicago at the end of the month to speak about the book. If you are in the area, make sure not to miss it. He will be in town on Oct. 22. You can check the schedule for other Book Thief events this month here.

Other posts to come this week (hopefully): A Looper review, Good Character, Great Speeches Feature and another post on Chapter Pacing. But for now, links!



The Book Thief Is Chicago’s One City, One Book Selection (chipublib)

– JK Rowling’s Next Book To Be A Children’s Book (yahoo)

– Sherman Alexie’s Top 10 Pieces Of Advice For Writers (writersdigest)

– How To Find The Right Agent Webinar: Oct 11 (guidetoliteraryagents)

– 10 Essential Books For Book Nerds (flavorwire)

– Av Club Reviews John Varley’s Slow Apocalypse (avclub)

– SF Signal Podcast: Are Optimistic Sci-fi Stories Gone Forever? (sfsignal)

Rise of Ransom City Sweepstakes (tor)

– Tricia Drammeh’s The Claiming Words Release (amazon)

– Be On The Lookout For Starry Wisdom Library’s Anthology Release (starrywisdom)

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