by Juliette Fay
Our favorite links this Friday are here for your edification, entertainment and possible monetary enhancement. (Wouldn’t that be nice!)
The Most Highlighted Passages From Classic Books (Huffpo Blog)
Earlier this year, Amazon’s Kindle team revealed which passages are highlighted most frequently across all of their ebooks. Unsurprisingly, lines from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy topped off the list of most-highlighted quotes, followed by passages from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Mellor Book Prize
“The Suzanne and James Mellor Prize of $50,000 is awarded annually to the author of the best proposal for a scholarly book on an individual woman artist or subject related to the mission of NMWA. The deadline for the 2014 Mellor Prize is January 1, 2015.”
If you happen to be writing a biography of a woman, you might not mind getting $50k in the process, right?
The New York Times Book Review Revamps Best Sellers Lists (New York Times)
“Entirely new lists to The Times include: Travel; Humor; Family; Relationships; Animals; Religion, Spirituality and Faith; and Celebrities with more rolling out in 2015.”
It will probably become a publishing industry sport to predict which book will make which lists. For instance, does Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You fall under Humor, Family or Relationships?
Salem (Massachusetts) Literary Festival Nov. 6 – 9
“There are events for both readers and writers plus some fun events (a cocktail party and a live storytelling event at PEM) so we’re hoping you’ll find something to your liking.”
Great line-up of authors and events!
My personal favorite: “Read lots of 1 star reviews of books you liked.” But the other 5 are pretty good, too.
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write (Arts.Mic)
“No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms.”
Interesting in that it refutes a long-held stereotype of writers: that we are all depressed!