Twilight trendspotting: The Daily Beast forecasts which new series are poised for mega-popularity now that Twilight is over. Among them are Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy, Fallen by Lauren Kate, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but we think they missed a major contender: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures. (Vampires are so last year).
Moody tweets: Jacket Copy reports on Rick Moody's Twitter experiment: a short story called "Some Contemporary Characters," conducted in collaboration with Electric Literature, that follows a man (older) and a woman (younger) getting to know each other after meeting online. JC is mildly critical of the process, since the story is getting fed out simultaneously by multiple Twitter accounts (and I agree this could be kind of confusing), but so far I like where it's going. About 2 hours ag "I think he wore an earring at some point, you could see the little divot in his earlobe"”how long ago and why?"
For fans of Confederates in the Attic and The Guinea Pig Diaries: NPR contributor Charlie Schroeder has signed with Penguin to write Re-Enactor: Learning About History One Bloodless Battle at a Time. This sounds like a good History Channel special.
Judging books by their (new) covers: You may have noticed we're a little jacket-obsessed lately, so this piece of news on a new look for Margaret Atwood caught my eye. These covers do seem poised for a younger audience (a la Penguin Classics new "couture" editions), but something about the photo-illustration mashup jars me a little. What do you think?
Moving & shaking: Greg Kincaid's A Dog Named Christmas trots up our daily list, thanks to yesterday's Hallmark Hall of Fame special. (I didn't watch this, but have it on good authority that it is a major tear-jerker.) --Anne