Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.
Available for pre-order now!
Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions.
Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now.
In Blatt’s newest offering we find out how Vladimir Nabokov used the word “mauve” 44 times more often than one would expect. This makes perfect sense once we find out that Nabokov had synesthesia which meant he would see colours when he read or wrote a certain letter or word. This is particularly telling as he tended to use colour within his writing at four times the rate as other authors.
Hardback release: 14th March 2017. Kindle release: 23rd March 2017. Mark your calendar now!
Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster’s co-authored book I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is available to buy now.
Full of humour and hijinks, this book tells of when Ben and Eric go on an epic road-trip in an attempt to see 30 baseball games, in 30 stadiums, in 30 days…. But can they achieve it?
Author KC Land, aged 24, recently wrote and self-published her debut storybook Negan The Stardust, which attempts to explain one of the first and most important questions we ask: what are we made of, and where did we come from?
Land’s story is of a brave stellar atom named Negan who wanders with her friends Carbon and Hydrogen towards Earth after her own home is destroyed in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova.
The idea first came about when the author-whose real name is Casey Keene Stakland- was dealing with intense questions from her son.
“My son started asking some big questions such as ‘Why are we real?’ and ‘How did we get here?’ at the tender age of three. I tried at first to explain simply that we are real because we can make choices and that we all came from our mothers’ tummies, but he was obviously not satisfied with these answers and continued to ask.”
Now today we hear the news that there are two new Doctor Who stories coming later this year and female authors are again the flavour of the day. However, we’re in for a real treat this time as the two new stories are written by award winning Naomi Alderman (The Power), and Juno Dawson.
The ‘Creative call to arms’ will combine Neil Gaiman’s words with striking illustrations from Chris Riddell, drawn from speeches, poems and creative manifestos Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world.