Critical Linking: December 7, 2013

New Adult is a buzzy new category for books geared toward readers — mostly women — who have grown out of young adult books and are ready for some romance. New Adult has a promising future, if it becomes an easy-to-recognize genre.

In an effort to cement its presence — and highlight its authors within it — Simon & Schuster launched the Hot Bed on Friday. 

That’s an…interesting choice of name.


Amazon Publishing has launched a new imprint, StoryFront, that aims to publish “high-quality short fiction across genres.” Amazon has already been experimenting with short fiction through Kindle Singles and Day One, a weekly literary magazine that launched in October.

A thing to watch.


With its dystopian vision of Big Brother surveillance, historical revisionism and public mind control, it remains one of the great novels of the English language.

But George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was almost never written after its author came close to drowning in a whirlpool after a boating accident halfway through writing it, his son has revealed.

Orwell is such a fascinating character.




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