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Gatsby-Era Pastimes that Are Still the Bee's Knees

By Kathryn_WilliamsJune 7, 2012
We know it doesn't come out until December, but we're so excited and we just can't hide it. Baz Lurhman (of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge fame) is making The Great Gatsby into a movie, and it's got... More  →
Gatsby-Era Pastimes that Are Still the Bee's Knees

A Sparkler Eulogy for Ray Bradbury

By ContributorJune 6, 2012
Every time an author dies, a heavily populated planet in another galaxy combusts. Well…hopefully not, but it still really stinks when a literary contributor to our society passes on! And thus dear Sparklers, I regret to inform you that science fiction extraordinaire, Ray Bradbury, died... More  →
A Sparkler Eulogy for Ray Bradbury

Camp NaNoWriMo: Your Summer Writing Challenge

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJune 6, 2012
If you're like me, you always wish you could do NaNo in November, but you never do. Because, well, there's all those dumb exams. Plus the holidays; because really, who wants to be struggling to write over Thanksgiving? (Okay, the answer to that is clearly... More  →
Camp NaNoWriMo: Your Summer Writing Challenge

Writing Tips from a Bestselling Novelist

By EmmaJune 6, 2012
As aspiring novelists, we’re always looking for advice from people who have actually written and published books. So we were really excited when we found out we’d get to interview Alyson Noël. She’s a #1 New York Times bestselling writer of teen fiction, which means... More  →
Writing Tips from a Bestselling Novelist

REVIEW: The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi

By Paul KirschJune 6, 2012
Though it has some quality characters and a thought-provoking title, The Drowned Cities falls short of answering the one question that made me pick it up in the first place: What's up with those drowned cities? This book portrays a post-apocalyptic, mid-conflict... More  →
REVIEW: The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Blogging the B&N.com Must-Reads: Perfect

By ContributorJune 5, 2012
Okay, I know I promised you guys Dead to You by Lisa McMann, but I lied. Or, more accurately, I underestimated how popular it was (I’ve been on the hold list at my local library for three weeks now). So I decided to move on... More  →
Blogging the B&N.com Must-Reads: Perfect

Writer Wars: The Sixth Sense

By Chelsea DaggerJune 5, 2012
Thanks to doofy Haley Joel Osment and the scariest movie of all time, there's a common misconception that the "sixth sense" is the ability to see dead people. WRONG. Extensive research (conducted by me and my homemade robot, Clark) has proven definitively that... More  →
Writer Wars: The Sixth Sense

Send in Your Literary Fan Art!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJune 4, 2012
In case you hadn't heard yet, Books Week is happening next week on SparkLife. There are plenty of ways you can get involved, but thanks to rasha.black, we have a new one: send us your fan art!We know for a FACT... More  →
Send in Your Literary Fan Art!

Finally: A Book-Scented Perfume!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJune 4, 2012
Now, here's something we don't talk much about on SparkLife: perfume. BUT. This one is worth talking about, because someone has finally created a perfume that captures the scent of a new book. That's right, Sparklers. For only $115, you can buy your very own... More  →
Finally: A Book-Scented Perfume!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer Is Disappointing

By Emily WinterJune 4, 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite teen books—a super dark coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky. The original text follows Charlie, a teen who's more than awkward—he's terrified of life. And that makes sense: His best friend has committed suicide, and... More  →
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer Is Disappointing