Many have commented to me personally how my two have stretched a bit lately for these weekly posts. So much is happening I find it difficult to weigh news on the scale of importance to each of you readers. Top Twos-Day began almost a year ago, and it’s evaluation time:
I would like some feedback about the Top Twos-Day posts: do you enjoy two snippets or would you prefer more news?
That out of the way, let’s move to the news this week…a trilogy of sorts.
Think of the first one as a Public Service Announcement.
Recovered from Black Friday? Did you have any cash for the day after…Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you have a bit jangling in the couch or under your bed, grab it and your credit card because this coming Saturday, December 1, is Take Your Child to a Bookstore day. More than 45 states in the U.S., along with “…three Canadian provinces, England, and this year, even the Gold Coast of Australia,” will join in this 3rd annual celebration of the printed book. Many stores are featuring merchandise gifts, author readings and signings, plus opportunities for young readers to ring up their purchases on the cash register. Find participating stores here…
Trending: history. NBC plans to launch a series in the spring of 2013 about President George Washington. With the popularity of Lincoln, and from such greats as “…Barry Levinson, who will executive produce and direct the pilot,” comes the “…new series based on the acclaimed book “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow.” Speaking of TV, in the category of Stranger Than Fiction, can anyone say they’ve seen “Killer Karaoke”? TruTV premiered the show hosted by Steve-O on November 23, which some are calling a cross between American Idol and Fear Factor – not for the faint of heart. “Contestants will sing while standing in a pool of snakes, getting shocked, fending off attack dogs, and many more fearful, extreme circumstances.” Who’s up for this one?
In the publishing sphere, HarperCollins/News Corp is slinking around again, this time they’re sniffing up the skirts of Simon & Schuster. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, HC wants to streamline and focus more on editing and marketing *snort*…I smell another merger. “News Corp is in the process of splitting into two listed companies, one containing entertainment assets, the other containing publishing assets including the Journal and HarperCollins. The new publishing company, according to the Journal, is expected to have a significant amount of cash on hand,” The Wall Street Journal quotes, and remember, they’re part of the package of conglomerate News Corp, though they say a deal is not imminent *double snort*. From where is all that significant cash pooling?
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