Linkbait: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Patrick Ness accepts Carnegie medal with fierce defence of libraries

One of my favorite (YA) authors, Patrick Ness, has won the Carnegie medal for book 3 of his Chaos Walking series, Monsters of Men (from @Candlewick). Good on ya, @Patrick_Ness! In the main link above, Ness used his time at the podium to attack the British government's budgetary policies slashing support for libraries. He also praised librarians & libraries:

"Librarians open up the world," he said. "Knowledge is useless if you don't even know where to begin to look. How much more can you discover when someone can point you in the right direction, when someone can maybe even give you a treasure map, to places you may not have even thought you were allowed to go? This is what librarians do."

Q & A with Patrick Ness and Denise Johnstone-Burt

Related to the previous item, an interview on PW.com between Patrick Ness and his Walker Books editor, Denise Johnstone-Burt, mostly covering their work on his new book, A Monster Calls (coming out in the US from @Candlewick in Sept 2011).

Fanmail FAQ: Looking for Good Books….

Contemporary fantasy legend Patrick Rothfuss has posted a terrific series of reading lists to his blog.
List one: his general "you oughta read this" SF&F list – 40 books/series.  
List two: 20 books/series that were his runners-up, the ones that he felt bad about leaving off the first list.
List three: 25 books/series he's been meaning to read but hasn't gotten to yet.

And as always, where one writer has left his comments open, his fanbase floods in to offer commentary, criticism, corrections. 276 comments as of now. 

Lucky Peach

Some seriously great food writing, celebrity chef access (Momofuku's David Chang) and foodie chops, with McSweeney's attitude. Issue One is focusing on ramen. RAMEN! And it features Harold McGee, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, Wylie Dufresne, and more.

Go find a copy and dig in. Bring your chopsticks.

Did My Brother Invent E-mail With Tom Van Vleck (Part One)?

Errol Morris goes LOOOONG in his Opinionator blog on the NYTimes.com site with the first part (of five) investigating his older brother Noel Morris's role in the invention of email at MIT in the Sixties. Always fascinating.

also: Part Two  Part Three  Part Four  Part Five