Links and News for January 5th

Local News (Albuquerque, NM, that is.)
Courtney Humphries is coming to Bookworks, January 6 at 7pm, to talk about and sign her book Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan … And the World.

Woody Tasch is coming to Bookworks, January 8 at 7pm, to talk about his book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.

Michael McGarrity is coming to Bookworks, January 11 at 3pm, to talk about and sign his book Dead or Alive.

Industry
Yahoo! News | Borders to drop “sale or return” for HarperStudio book. I have no idea if this is good or not, but changes like this will hopefully shake up the publishing world into thinking about doing things a little differently. That’s nearly always a good thing, right? (via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

Authors
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Profile: Terry Pratchett. A interesting piece on Pterry, who is now Sir Pterry. (via Neil Gaiman’s blog)

Contests
Wendy’s Minding Spot is having a contest to win an ARC copy of Wicked By Any Other Name by Linda Wisdom. Contest ends January 20th, US and Canada only.

As always, the best place to check for new book contests is West of Mars. Updated daily!

Book/Blog Challenges
2009 Blog Improvement Project is starting today. I’m pretty sure you can sign up whenever; I myself am planning to do it, so keep an eye out for my BIP posts if you’re interested in my progress.

Misc
Bobinsky’s Circus. Mr. B from the Coraline movie now has a blog of his own. (via Neil Gaiman’s blog)

Puffin Classics gets shiny new covers. They’re so pretty I want to collect the whole lot!

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