But check this out. Anyone notice anything interesting?
WSJ Hardcover Fiction, week ending June 5, 2011
The Kane Chronicles, Book 2: The Throne of Fire
Rick Riordan/Hyperion Books
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss/Random House Children's Books
Dreams of Joy
Lisa See/Random House
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro/Little, Brown
Charlaine Harris/Ace Books
John Sandford/G.P. Putnam's Sons
Michael Scott/Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Well, there are dark themes, certainly.
But even better: half of this week's fiction bestsellers are for children.
Yup. Tell that to your writer friends at your next cocktail party. Or to the next person who says, "Oh, kids' books--uhhh--that's nice, I edit/write serious adult nonfiction. About war."
Incidentally, I went to the party that had Snarky rather angry (and considering hulk smashes) last year--yes, because we were snarked at for not waiting for the one pair of tongs per table. (See Breaking News: Cheese Plate at Brooklyn Mingle Excellent, OR: How to Throw a Successful Publishing Party.) And the cheese was, once again, excellent. And there were more tongs.
|This was Snarky last year. Okay, not really. He did not attack cabs. But this is what he would have looked like, had the server come back again to complain about his lack of tong usage.|
So, look for some Snarky this summer.
Hope you're well and writing--and, in your spare time, having picnics. I keep looking longingly at the park. Sigh.