Trailer Failures (and Wins): Melville House announces the winners (and losers) of their Best & Worst Book Trailers Awards. Winners include Going West by Maurice Gee (which made the blogging rounds a few months ago) and the quietly charming i am in the air right now by Kathryn Regina. Less impressive trailers include "Biggest Waste of Conglomerate Money" and "Most Annoying Performance by an Author."
Books vs. Bands:Jeffrey Wasserstrom points out the parallels between author tours and rock concerts, admitting, though, "There aren't quite enough overlaps to compile a top ten list of book tour/band tour parallels, but here's a top five one." [Via The Huffington Post].
HeLa on TV:Rebecca Skloot's bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks just achieved another level of infamy, apparently inspiring a recent episode of Law & Order. The plot? "Nathan died in 1959, but his cells, known as NaRo, were the first to stay alive in culture.The immortal NaRo cells are sold to research centers around the world by Hema Labs, whose founder took the cells from Nathan Robinson without his permission." [Via GalleyCat]