Friday, October 28, 2011

One Q Eight Four!

When you're raffling signed copies of Haruki Murakami's long-awaited epic 1Q84 at a midnight book launch party, you obviously pull the tickets out of an empty case of Sapporo.

Check out some pictures of the event on Knopf's tumblr and at the Citrus Report.

And thanks for coming out, everyone! Let's do this more often, eh?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a lovely, bookish Spike Jonze video

Has everyone seen this yet? It's a short and lovely stop-motion animation set at Shakespeare and Company, the vaunted English-language bookshop in Paris. Enjoy.

Spike Jonze: Mourir Aupr├Ęs de Toi on

Or click through to see it bigger; it's worth it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

the Tuesday interview: Hannah Moskowitz

[courtesy of our fine friend at royalquietdeluxe]

There's something about Hannah Moskowitz. She's sorta funny and real. She's written these wonderful books that all the reviewers call raw and poetic and they're right. And she tweets a lot. I started with Break, about a boy who sets out to break every bone in his body. But of course, there's Invincible Summer and you can preorder the hardback of Gone, Gone, Gone now.

RQD: What are you working on now? What interests you about these characters?

Hannah Moskowitz: Right now I'm working on another draft of (what is currently titled) Marco Impossible, my next middle grade book. It's told from the POV of the best friend of an openly gay 13-year-old, so I get to play with a lot of stuff that you don't usually see in MG. There's kissing.

RQD: What other art or artists play a role in your work?

HM: Tom Stoppard, definitely, as far as plays go. Motion City Soundtrack, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bright Eyes for music.

RQD: What book, story or poem do you return to over and over?

HM: Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay. I have no idea how many times I've read it.

RQD: What are you reading now?

HM: Right now I'm working on Now Playing, the sequel to Stoner and Spaz, but it's taking me a while because I'm an English major and I have to read a lot for school. My reading-for-pleasure time is very limited during the school year. It pretty much sucks.

RQD: What did you read as a kid?

HM: I read a TON of Middle Grade from a very early age; my mom used to read it to me when I was very young. And since I still read it, that's the age group that feels so timeless to me. There's a part of me that will always be twelve, I think.

Album cover: Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs