Our first weekly link is for something a little different: a cinnamon roll recipe. The literary connection? It’s credited to author Jodi Picoult. These “Dark and Dangerous Cinnamon Buns,” originally published in the King Arthur Flour cookbook, sound like a worthy (healthier) challenger to my go-to cinnamon roll from the Pioneer Woman. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!
The literary world was abuzz yesterday about a certain billboard in Times Square. Yes, that’s Jeffrey Eugenides (striding to the top of the bestseller lists?) up there larger than life. The WSJ has the story. We agree, the Marriage Plot is totally “swoon-worthy.”
Steve Jobs’ sudden death was mourned by millions. In a twist of synchronicity, the Millions happened to post a review of his sister Mona Simpson‘s best-known novel, Anywhere But Here, on Thursday morning. It is well worth reading and has me eager to check out Simpson’s work.
We’ve been blogging a lot about books made into films lately, and today I got word of another movie to anticipate: Johnny Depp will produce (and possibly star in) a movie based on the life of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Given Depp’s turns as Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter and J.M. Barrie, this sounds like a casting made in heaven. Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.
One children’s book that’s gotten a lot of buzz this year is Catherynne M. Valente’s debut middle grade novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. From the intriguing title to the gorgeously odd illustrations to the entirely beguiling world Valente has created, it’s a strange and delightful book that packs in a vast amount of references and allusions to myths, fairy tales and classic children’s books. Over at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, blogger Julie Danielson has put up a long and fascinating interview with Valente. You’ll find out, for example, why Valente thinks fairy tales have such enduring appeal, and why when she was a child, she thought that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was “a horror story.” (Beware spoilers for the book if you have not yet read it!)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of BookPage Associate Editor Kate Pritchard’s favorite books of 2011, and in fact Danielson called on Kate to help contribute questions for Valente! For more on this remarkable book, read a review in BookPage, which asserts that Valente “writes beautifully with a rich and deep vocabulary that is every bit as enjoyable as the plot of the story.”
Happy Friday! Do you have any links to share? What are you reading this weekend?