Yee-haw! Welcome to the Weekly Round-up, where I lasso up the week’s latest news and rootin’-tootin’ literary articles on the Net!
Not quite ‘new’ news, but there is speculation that JK Rowling’s latest adult book could be a crime novel. (via The Guardian)
Evolved Publishing has a cool promotional event coming up tomorrow, Tuesday March 27th. For one day only, 9 of their e-books and 3 short stories will be FREE on Amazon! Check out their site for the list of titles up for grabs, and don’t miss the freebies!
In local news, the UK’s School Library Association (SLA) criticised an Ofsted report on improving literacy for failing to include school or public libraries in its recommended actions to raise standards of literacy in students. (via The Bookseller)
Agent Rachelle Gardner blogged about 8 things writers should know about Goodreads.
Finally, I’m participating in this year’s Choose Your Own Adventure Bloghop, organised by Kerri Cuevas. If you enjoyed those second-person gamebooks as a kid, stop by on Thursday to read this year’s adventure. The theme: it’s the Chinese year of the dragon this year.
Question: How important are libraries in the drive to promote literacy in children? What impact will library closures have on literacy standards? What other factors should be looked at when seeking to improve literacy?