The Thursday Book Beat: Lois Lane is Starring in Her Own YA Novel

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Switch Press Publishing A Lois Lane Young Adult Novel

May 2015. Switch Press. Lois Lane: Fallout. Gwenda Bond. Book. YA.I was sad when I heard that Dean Tripp’s proposal for a graphic novel series about the adventures of a young Lois Lane wasn’t given the greenlight by DC Comics. Guess what, Lois Lane fans? The dream of a story starring the intrepid reporter is not dead! It lives through Switch Press’ young adult novel, Lois Lane: Fallout, that will be written by Gwenda Bond.

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool.

Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy…

I’d give my right arm to read this…

Library Gets Social Worker to Work With Homeless Patrons

The D.C. Public Library has added a social worker to its roster to help deal with the ever present homeless population that walks through its doors. As a frequent user of the library, I can understand its importance to those who are not only homeless, but also to those who are struggling financially, because it offers free access to books, computers and opportunities to not only learn but to search for jobs as well. Jean Badalamenti, the social worker in question, will be taking on the issue of homelessness and libraries from a big picture perspective like teaching staff how deal deal with homeless patrons, de-escalation, overcoming the stigma of homelessness and even discussing the overall issue of homelessness in the city.

Although homelessness may seem to be an intractable issue, Badalamenti is upbeat. “I think it’s pretty amazing that DCPL saw a need. Instead of turning away from the problem . . . let’s embrace everybody who’s here. And let’s figure out how we can serve them better.”

The Washington Post

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Yup. I just said that.

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard Team Up to Bring Us Inferno

The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown. September 15th 2009. Random House. Doubleday.Dan Brown. Inferno. May 13th 2013. Random House. Doubleday.

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are teaming up again to add a third film to the Da Vinci Code series based on the Dan Brown‘s book series. The film will be based on Inferno. This piece of news was particularly interesting to me because Inferno is the fourth book in the series so it looks like they’ll be skipping The Lost Symbol. I wonder why…

British Readers Are Really Into Foreign Literature

Seems like British readers are really getting into foreign literature like Scandinavian author Jo Nesbø. Penguin Classics is even publishing a collection of Arabic short stories: Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange, which will be the first time in 1,000 years that it’ll be translated into English. I know that I’ve been devouring Scandinavian noir fiction lately and wonder if this trend also includes the rest of the west.

Paper Lantern Lit Launches, The Studio, A Digital Imprint

In its original incarnation, The Studio was intended to be a curated clearinghouse of previously self-published books that warranted more attention. “We struck up a partnership with a company that uses data to sift through tons of self-published books to see which ones are selling and getting better reviews,” Oliver said, referring to The Studio’s publishing partner, Vook. “Then we’d acquire the ones we thought held great promise, edit them in the way that we do any book, give them great titles, covers and marketing plans, and republish them.” Subsequently, the imprint’s list has evolved to now include PPL originals – books cooked up by Oliver and her staff with debut or established authors attached.

Publisher’s Weekly

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Ardo Omer

Ardo Omer

Former WWAC editor. Current curmudgeon and Batman's personal assistant. Icon art by Diana Sim.