“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
So John Green reviewed Eleanor & Park inThe New York Times this weekend, and I don’t have enough exclamation points to express how I’m feeling.
If you’d like to read my book, you can find it in lots of great bookstores — and online here:
PSST! You have exactly one chance to see Rainbow Rowell at a public appearance in NYC. Don’t miss it!
What did Chinese authorities do in July 2009 when tensions between the predominantly Muslim population of China’s Xinjiang province and authorities escalated into violent riots? They turned off the Internet in Xinjiang. This inspired China scholar Jason Q. Ng to devise a computer script to test all 700,000 terms in Chinese Wikipedia to see which ones are routinely censored on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, which currently has over 300 million users.
The result was the groundbreaking and highly praised Blocked on Weibo blog, expanded here into a book. Ranging from fairly obvious words, such as “tank” (a reference to the “Tank Man” who stared down the Chinese army in Tiananmen Square) and the names of top government officials (if they can’t be found online, they can’t be criticized), to deeply obscure terms, such as “The Four Gentlemen” (though it means a set of four traditional flowers, it can also refer to various quartets of dissidents) and “hairy bacon” (a coded insult for Mao’s embalmed body), Blocked on Weibo collects many of the phrases that could get a Chinese Internet user invited to the local police station “for a cup of tea”—a euphemism for being illegally detained by the authorities.
An invaluable guide to sensitive topics in modern-day China, Blocked on Weibo exposes the fissures between the idealized society that Chinese authorities dream of having and the actual one that Chinese netizens are creating each day.
A serious nonfiction Tumblr book deal — congrats, Jason!
Next Thursday, Tumblr will be celebrating Book Expo America at our favorite bookstore with three of our favorite authors! This is a meet up for readers and writers of all ages, with drinks for the adults and swag and short, funny readings for everyone! Here for BEA? Work at a publisher? Love Tumblr? Love books? Love people? Any of the above — this party is for you!
Ruth wrote Defriended, a creepy mystery about murder and online romance. Eliot wrote Endangered, a National Book Award finalist about bonobos in The Congo. Rainbow wrote the NY Times bestseller Eleanor &Park, a Tumblr favorite about weird kids in love. They are all terrific, so don’t miss it!
Skipping ahead to ALA Annual in Chicago next month, here’s something you might want to add to your schedule if you’ve been intimidated by Tumblr. Library Journal book review editor Molly McArdle, Tumblr keeper Rachel Fershleiser, and librarians Erin Shea and Kate Tkacik will walk you confidently through the hows and whys. I will be there, as I am still learning Tumblarian-ese.
We are so excited to have a big discussion about this! Please join us!
Last night at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, we had a glorious launch party for the wonderful Tumblr-born book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. The night featured stories of being not-quite-grown-up from some of the Internet’s funniest writers: Kelly, Julieanne Smolinski, Lindsey Weber, Christine Friar, Caragh Poh, John Asante, and Kelly’s editor Meredith Haggerty. Our guest bookseller Word Brooklyn sold out of every last copy! If you need a great graduation gift, a guide to life, or a bunch of hilarious Tumblrs to follow while you procrastinate everything you’re supposed to be doing, we’ve got you covered.
Dad: Are you nervous?
Me: I’ve been so nervous for three days that I think I’ve just flatlined and realized that I’ve sucked before on stage and I can suck again no problem. I’ll just go home and cry. Or — no — I’m going to cry and then get drunk and cry some more or maybe actually just get angry and then I’ll go home.
Did you guys hear that Caragh is reading at the Adulting party on Thursday? Don’t miss it!