‘The Casual Vacancy’ will go on sale September 27th, 2012 and marks the author’s first departure from the wizard-world of Harry Potter since the series took the world by storm. Rowling’s publisher, Little Brown, also released a summary of the new story’s plot: “When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.” source
Dani, my birthday is coming up. ^^ (*cough*buymethis*cough*).
Greenhorns | The Next Generation of American Farmers
50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement
“A community of more than 5,000 young farmers and activists, the Greenhorns are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny and sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.”
Breaking J.K. Rowling News of the Day: News from the industry vine this morning is that J.K. Rowling has officially signed a book deal with Little, Brown, and will soon be releasing her highly anticipated Harry Potter follow up.
No word yet on title, plot, or publication date, but word is that the book’s target audience will be adults.
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series,” said the author in a press release.
The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.
Next on my book list.
I’m reading this book right now and it’s pretty much blowing my mind. Yes, it’s about farming … but it’s also a holistic and soulful study of life. It’s beautiful and practical. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” as they say…. CHECK IT OUT!
The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons
The Contrary Farmer by Gene Lodgson
Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon by Pablo Neruda
Alternative Urban Futures: Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities throughout the World by Raquel Pinderhughs
It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life by Keith Stewart
The New Organic Grower: a Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, by Eliot Coleman
Read the reasoning and thought behind each selection.
Finally getting around to reading #4 on my vacation!
A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes.
The Espresso Book Machine has access to 500,000 different books - the same as 23.6 miles of shelf space - and can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine minutes.
Pages are printed at a rate of over 100 per minute and are then pressed, glued and cut to produce a pristine book.
Users simply pick the book they would like on a screen and wait for it to be printed … it certainly is a novel way of getting a new book.
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