Thursday roundup: Audies winners, book perfume, world-wide-weirdness

As some of you suspected (I’m looking at you, Stacy), since The Nightmare Thief won an Audie Award I’ve been whooping and hollering and doing the Snoopy dance. I’ve also written 5,000 words and cleaned my office and have of course been keeping a watchful eye on what’s happening in the world. So here are some links:

First, the official list of the 2012 Audie winners and finalists. I’m honored that my book won out among such stellar company.

Second, a charming article from the New York Times about the atmosphere at the awards ceremony.

It was an audience that knew its art. When the presenter Lorelei King flawlessly, even musically, pronounced the name of the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, someone gasped and then issued a reverent “Wow.”

Which particularly delights me, because Lorelei King narrated the British editions of China Lake and Mission Canyon for BBC Audio. She’s a champ.

Third, moving on to more esoteric book news: if your e-reader is making you nostalgic for the crisp scent of ink on paper, fret no more. There’s a new perfume that makes you smell like a freshly printed book.

The scent promises to “relax you, like when you read a book, to a level of meditation and concentration.” With packaging by Karl Lagerfield, “Paper Passion” can be yours for only $115.

And to answer your question: No, I won’t be buying it. When the magnitude 10 earthquake hits and I end up buried beneath the thousands of books that fill my house, I want the rescue dogs to dig me out. I don’t want them to sniff the debris and scamper on to the next pile of wreckage, tongues lolling, thinking, Nope, nothing in that last pile that didn’t smell like books. Nosiree.

Next, weird news:

Cheese rolling is back, and it’s going rogue: “Rogue cheese rolling race held in Gloucestershire.”

It’s been two years since the annual Gloucester cheese rolling competition was banned on health and safety grounds. But yesterday hundreds took to Cooper’s Hill, at Brockworth for a rogue event.

Hardcore thrillseekers staged their own unofficial event after the world-famous Cheese Rolling was officially cancelled in 2010.

Competitors took part in four races down the 1:2 gradient slope – three men’s races and a women’s – with the final men’s race held with a ”Jubilee cheese”.

Several hundred spectators watched as the athletes pursued the Double Gloucester cheese down 200 metres of slippery, wet grass, brambles and nettles.

They slipped, somersaulted and tumbled their way to the bottom of the hill in spectacular fashion and the first person to grab the cheese won.

“Come to the Dark Side. We have cheese.”

And what would a day be without the latest appearance of the King of Kings? Jesus found in Texas bathroom mold.

SPLENDORA, Texas, May 31 (UPI) — A Texas family says they are getting strength from an image of Jesus they found in the mold growing inside the shower of their home.

Chyanna Richards… said the appearance of Jesus’ image has meaning.

“Maybe it means something. Maybe look into yourself and see if you need to change something in your life,” she said.

Maybe. Maybe look at that moldy wall real hard and see if you need to change something.

And finally…

“‘Last Family On Earth’: Spike Reality Show Gives Bunker As Prize.”

NEW YORK — The Spike television network is airing a competition this fall to award a fortified bunker to a family that believes the end of the world is near.


The network said Tuesday that its six-episode series called “Last Family on Earth” will feature survivalists competing to show how tough and resourceful they are. The winner gets an underground bunker in an undisclosed location.

At last I have a chance to get that wilderness vacation home I’ve always dreamed of. Kids, get out the Apocalypse Kits, smear on some camouflage face paint, and pull on your ghillie suits. Let’s win ourselves a bunker.

4 responses to “Thursday roundup: Audies winners, book perfume, world-wide-weirdness

  1. Looks like zombie-Jesus holding a raygun…

  2. Looks like a hippie ringing a doorbell.

  3. I absolutely love the things you find…

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