Byrt’s weekly blog ramble (9/24)


Bethany Keeley points out unnecessary quotation marks

Terry Pratchett forges his own sword


Philip Pullman is tired of present tense narratives

– Next week is ALA’s annual Banned Books Week – sign up for the webinar featuring Judy Blume, or check for events in your area

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

– Elizabeth Moon‘s thoughts on citizenship, posted on 9/11


Laurie Halse Anderson‘s response to the man trying to ban her bookSPEAK and the flood of support

Heather Brewer and Rachel Caine interview each other

– The Cherie Priest interview from DragonCon

Jane Yolen on writing her 300th book

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (The Nanny Diaries) talk writing together, Justin Bieber, and writing YA


– A large snippet from Ilona AndrewsBayou Moon – out next week

– Read chapter one of Patricia Brigg‘s upcoming release, Wolfsbane, the long awaited sequel to Masques

Clash of the Geeks!

Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi and Subterranean Press are proud to announce the publication of Clash of the Geeks, a special and fantastical electronic chapbook featuring stories by Wheaton, Scalzi, New York Timesbestseller Patrick Rothfuss, Norton Award winner and Hugo Best Novel nominee Catherynne M. Valente, Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Rachel Swirsky and others, for the benefit of the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America.

The chapbook is free to download, but voluntary payment is strongly encouraged, via Paypal or by tax-deductible donation forms, both linked to later in this entry. All proceeds from this chapbook will go to the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America.

Please enjoy the stories, link your friends to this page — and give!