Review and Reprise 5-23-14

To date, we’ve shipped out 1496 boxes of Wingfeather books to Kickstarter backers. We’re all a little tired and stiff (including Mike, our local postman), but we’ve still got 713 to go before we’re done. If you didn’t back the project on Kickstarter, you may be pleased to know that The Warden and the Wolf King is now available for pre-order in the Rabbit Room store. We’ll start shipping pre-orders on June 24th, so you’ll have it a month before it’s available anywhere else. Once we finish up with Kickstarter rewards, we also expect to have a few spare maps, Creaturepedias, Monster in the Hollows hardbacks, and signed/numbered art prints, which we’ll make available once we have a solid inventory of what’s left. Here’s what’s going on elsewhere in the Rabbit Room:

Carlisle2009RearViewDavid Bruno looked in the rearview and discovered he was the target of the maniacal road rage festering in the car behind him. What he did to incur the wrath aimed his way is still a “Mystery Unsolved”—but we suspect it was either Barbara Lane or Rebecca Reynolds.

press2Melanie Penn’s Wake Up Love is still one of our favorites. Her second album “Hope Tonight” was released this Tuesday—and there was much rejoicing. Ben Shive once again produces, and once again outdoes himself. The record is beautiful, unique, and perfect for the great weather we’ve been having. Here’s the title track. Check out the rest in the store.

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open bookSam Smith’s kids have been in Jennifer Trafton’s online writing class for the past six weeks and have loved the experience. (Full disclosure: Jennifer is my wife.) On Wednesday, Sam took the time to discuss some of his observations of the class, and he commends it highly (he was neither paid nor asked for said commendation). Enrollment for Jennifer’s fall classes will open sometime in the next couple of months.

clovenWarden and the Wolf King illustrator Joe Sutphin has launched a contest called “Create Your Own Cloven.” Don’t know what a “cloven” is? Better grab the first book of the Wingfeather Saga and catch up. Contestants are invited to illustrate their own creations and submit them via Instagram. Three winners will receive a copy of The Warden and the Wolf King signed by Andrew, and doodled in (and signed) by Joe. And take heart, judging will not be based only on skill alone. Both kids and adults are welcome to enter. The deadline for entries is June 20th. Have fun!

Speaking of online writing classes, Jonathan Rogers will be hosting his own creative writing class this summer based on last years Hutchmoot session, “Writing Close to the Earth.” I expect Jonathan will pop up next week with some more information about the course.

RogersversThere’s still time to grab a ticket for Blackbird Theater’s new original play based on John Updike’s novel, Roger’s Version. Don’t miss this great chance for a challenging and thought-provoking evening at the theater. Admission is free to Rabbit Room members, and, by this special invitation only, is just $5 for non-members. This special price is only for the private performance on May 29th. We’ll see you there.

If you recall the epic awesomeness of the Light for the Lost Boy tour, you’ll remember that half of that awesomeness was thanks to the band Caleb, who backed Andrew for the tour. The band has changed its name to Colony House and is just about ready to spring their new album on the world. They just released a video what I assume is the first single. Beware, you’ll have a hard time getting this one out of your head once you’ve heard it. Here’s the video.

TolkienBeowulfAs of yesterday, there’s a new Tolkien book in the world. Tolkien was one of the 20th century’s most knowledgable scholars on the Old English epic Beowulf, and Tolkien’s own translation of the tale is finally available in print. The book contains Toller’s (prose) translation of the poem along with commentary and a couple of other previously unpublished works, “Sellic Spell” and “The Lay of Beowulf.” The book is a beautiful hardback and is now available in the Rabbit Room store.

And finally, here’s Thomas with his review of the new Spiderman movie.

One Minute Review Amazing Spiderman Two from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.