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Weekly Roundup for 7/19/13


Every Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and features from around the web. This week’s roundup comes to you from Akashic interns Melissa Bean and Gabriella Balza.

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Even though there is now a barrier around Oscar Wilde’s grave so you can’t kiss it, you should still stop by if you’re ever in Paris. See the other 49 places Flavorwire says every literary fan should go.

Who Said It: Pablo Neruda or Taylor Swift? (This is when you slowly realize that you actually know all of Taylor Swift’s songs and you don’t know how to feel about it.)

Now that Amazon is dominating everything, booksellers are filling their stores with the scent of chocolate in hopes of boosting sales. We think this is a worthy opponent to the Kindle.

Here are 10 writing tips that Joyce Carol Oates, the ever-prolific author and Akashic contributor, shared on Twitter this past week.

Maybe I wasn’t reading To Kill A Mockingbird close enough in middle school, but I never realized exactly how young Scout was. Check how astute you are about famous literary characters’ ages with this Flavorwire list.

J.K. Rowling kept the ending of the Harry Potter series a secret the whole way through, but it turns out that her pseudonym for her new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, wasn’t as successful (although it wasn’t her fault!). In light of the discovery, copies have been flying off the shelves (before the news broke, it had sold under 2,000 copies). In a lot of ways, this whole saga shows the power of well-cultivated name. But Anna Maxtead with the Daily Telegraph writes about the other side of this story: the appeal of writing under a pseudonym, even if you are J.K. Rowling.

Posted: Jul 19, 2013

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