Net news: 21 November

1. More from Neil Gaiman (aka God) – here’s his take on The Simpsons, courtesy of  Spinoff Online.

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/19/neil-gaiman-on-his-simpsons-appearance-teen-lit-and-trolls/

2. Breaking Dawn is nearly breaking box office records, so the academics are sitting up and taking (more) notice of the phenomenon.  Check out the following light-hearted approach from GoodReads which made me wonder: 1) Does anyone else see the similarity between US political preferences and Twilight readers?  And 2) Should Barack Obama be afraid … very afraid?

http://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/321-do-you-live-in-the-twilight-belt-infographic

3. Readers Feast new location unveiled.  Just in from The Age, news to delight  Melburnians and all those who mourned the closing of this iconic Melbourne literary landmark.  It’s baaack .. and in time for Christmas!

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/a-new-feast-for-lovers-of-books-20111117-1nl29.html

4. Fancy a celebration of home grown crime? The Sisters in Crime 18th Annual Scarlet Stiletto awards for short stories (including a prize for Young Writers) is happening in bloodcurdling style this  Friday.  Follow this link to find out when and where:

http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/content/18th-annual-scarlet-stiletto-awards

5. UK author Michael Morpurgo talks about his book War Horse,  about one horse’s experiences of World War I, which became a sell-out play and is soon to be a movie by Steven Spielberg. There’ wasn’t a dry eye in the house when I saw the trailer last week – I predict this’ll be a big hit next year when it arrives in cinemas here.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/audio/2011/nov/11/war-horse-michael-morpurgo-podcast

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