Wednesday Fun Day! (8/17/2011 Edition)

Wednesday Fun Day! (8/17/2011 Edition)

My friends, Hawaii was a dream come true! Just look how happy I was at my underwater tea party. I spent 90% of my time on the beach, eating pineapple, reading great books, and working on my sunburn. I'm also pretty sure I saw a turtle.

During my absence some serious shenanigans were afoot:

Talia fell into deep despair over my absence and caught THE FLU! Don't worry; she made a full recovery in time for my return. I felt horrible for her until I realized she totally spilled the beans on the top secret three armed dino project. Now that the dinos are out of the bag, I'll make sure to keep you updated on all of our 2012 YA business.

The 2011 PEN Literary Award winners were announced and we have a few favorites on the list: Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations, which won the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire, which won the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. There were quite a few exceptional runners-up on the list from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, as well.

The Arizona Republic wrote a feature story on one of our favorite blogging librarians, Lesa Holstine! Check out the picture they included of Lesa with some great Macmillan books. Photo credit: Carlos Chavez.

It turns out HBO likes Tom Perrotta's post-Rapture novel, THE LEFTOVERS, almost as much as the EarlyWord Galley Chat crew because they're adapting the novel into a tv show! See details here.

We'll be announcing the winner of THE OMEN MACHINE Awesome Stuff Giveaway this Friday, so check the site and your email!

And finally, tomorrow I'll be posting the beachy stuff contest I promised you guys in return for being good while I was gone.