Critical Linking: October 26, 2013

Barnes & Noble’s refusal to carry Amazon titles mattered less for Amazon’s niche-y science fiction, romance and mystery books, which it could target to very specific audiences on its website. But the big, general titles that Kirshbaum wanted to publish needed more of a push from bookstores, and they didn’t get it.

Perhaps the dreamed too big, considering the bridges they burned.

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NBC’s Murder will revolve around a hospital administrator/amateur detective (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel. It’s set in a day where sensational headlines fuel the news and focuses on the character’s fascination with true crimes, which propels her to become an active part of the investigations.

There aren’t a lot of people who could fill Angela Lansbury’s shoes, but Octavia Spencer might just pull it off.

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Profits from the book festival go towards libraries, Title I schools and other programs promoting a culture of literacy in Texas. The event has contributed over $2.5 million in grants to almost 600 libraries in Texas. In addition, it has donated an estimated 49,000 books to children in Title I schools.

I’m going to fangirl over authors, and it’s for a good cause!

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