Amanda crushed it last week with this post about book-related Facebook pages you should “like.” Let’s keep the party going! Here are 10 more (this post originally appeared on Book Riot, but since it's Friday, and I know you want to kill time at work, I'm reposting here):
10. Téa Obreht — Last year’s Orange Prize Winner and National Book Award Finalist for The Tiger’s Wife has
a kind of funny, playful tone on her feed. For example: “Dear readers:
do you love David Mitchell? Does his work routinely blow your mind?”
(Yes, and yes.) And, she’s a fairly regular updater with events and
random items of interest.
9. Richard Russo
— With only 8,000+ likes, this feed is woefully under-viewed. Part of
the reason, no doubt, is that page is updated only once every couple of
weeks or so. But you still get good information on Russo’s appearances,
quotes from his (fantastic!) novels, and even multimedia, like this greeting from Helsinki.
8. Matthew Norman — The author of Domestic Violets, one
of the funniest books of 2011, maintains one of the funniest author
feeds, too. He updates pretty frequently with links to interesting
articles, posts about his writing process, reader polls, and general
nuggets of goofiness (eg. “If I never write and publish a novel with the
title ‘Pants Off Dance Off’ I will have failed as an artist.). Give
this one a “like” if you’re in the mood for giggles.
7. Gillian Flynn
— This feed is mostly dedicated to Flynn’s appearances and links to
interviews she’s done. But that’s a good thing, because if you’ve never
gotten to see her discuss her fiction live (I had the pleasure this past
summer), you’re missing out. She’s as good in person as she is on the
page. And as we all know from Gone Girl, that’s VERY good.
6. Philip Roth
— Something tells me Mr. Roth would hate the idea of his own Facebook
feed. Even so, this is a good spot to keep up on Roth’s publishing news —
including links (like this one to his awesome rant against Wikipedia) for his stuff all over the web. Warning: Page may contain crankiness.
5. Gary Shteyngart — Photos and updates from Mr. Shteyngart’s extensive travels populate this feed. Also, dachshund photos. The author of Super Sad True Love Story is rather proud of his wiener dogs.
4. John Irving — Despite the so-so reviews of his latest novel, In One Person, dude’s Facebook page has more than 117,000 likes. Last week, I learned from his page that, after 27 years in print, The Cider House Rules, hit No. 1 on B&N’s bestsellers list. Nice.
3. JK Rowling
— It’s not real difficult to find information about JK Rowling on the
web, but if you like keeping up with the zeitgeist, having her official
FB feed on your newsfeed is a must. She’s at 1.2 million “likes,” by the
way. (Stephenie Meyer only has 18,000+. I find this strangely
encouraging, for some reason.)
2. Sarah Vowell
— One of my favorite FB feeds, this oft-updated one gives you a wide
variety of quirky, but fascinating, content. (Careful if you’re
1. David Foster Wallace
— Of course, there are a ton of DFW-related pages on Facebook, but this
one seems to be the best — offering links to ALL THE DFW-related
content all over the web. (Bonus: Here’s the FB feed of The Howling Fantods,
the DFW fan site. Its content is purely an RSS feed from the site
itself, but it’s still a good way to keep up with what’s going on at the
best DFW site out there.)
And here are a few more for the road — these are great book bloggers with great Facebook pages you may want to consider "liking," also.
4. Book Riot
2. A Home Between Pages
1. Entolmology of a Bookworm
(And, of course, I'd be eternally grateful — and may even buy you a beer — if you'd give The New Dork Review of Books a "like," as well.)