500 New Fairy Tales Found!

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Once upon a time, the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth collected fairytales in Bavaria, which were locked away in an archive until 2012.

On Sept 18, the English/German book version: Original Bavarian Folktales: A Schonwerth Selection: Original bayerische Volksmarchen – Ausgewahlte Schonwerth-Geschichten (Dover Dual Language German) will be available but you can preorder it now.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048649991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486499918

At 304 pages it’s difficult to imagine all 500 tales are there, so it may simply be the fairy tales that are brand new and ones that are wildly different versions of tales with which we are already familiar.

However, a definite New Read Must Have. Wondering what these tales are like? Here is one of the newly discovered stories – The Turnip Princess

A young prince lost his way in the forest and came to a cave. He passed the night there, and when he awoke there stood next to him an old woman with a bear and a dog.

The old witch seemed very beautiful and wished that the prince would stay with her and marry her. He could not endure her, yet could not leave that place.

One day, the bear was alone with him and spoke to the prince: “Pull the rusty nail from the wall, so that I shall be delivered, and place it beneath a turnip in the field, and in this way you shall have a beautiful wife.”

The prince seized the nail so strongly that the cave shook and the nail cracked loudly like a clap of thunder. Behind him a bear stood up from the ground like a man, bearded and with a crown on his head.

“Now I shall find a beautiful maiden,” cried the prince and went forth nimbly.

He came to a field of turnips and was about to place the nail beneath one of them when there appeared above him a monster, so that he dropped the nail, pricked his finger on a hedge and bled until he fell down senseless.

When he awoke he saw that he was elsewhere and that he had long slumbered, for his smooth chin was now frizzy with a blond beard. He arose and set off across field and forest and searched through every turnip field but nowhere found what he was looking for.

Day passed and night, too, and one evening, he sat down on a ridge beneath a bush, a flowering blackthorn with red blossoms on one branch. He broke off the branch, and because there was before him, amongst the other things on the ground, a large, white turnip, he stuck the blackthorn branch into the turnip and fell asleep.

When he awoke on the morrow, the turnip beside him looked like a large, open shell in which lay the nail, and the wall of the turnip resembled a nut-shell, whose kernel seemed to shape his picture. He saw there the little foot, the thin hand, the whole body, even the fine hair so delicately imprinted, just as the most beautiful girl would have.

The prince stood up and began his search, and came at last to the old cave in the forest, but no one was there. He took out the nail and struck it into the wall of the cave, and at once the old woman and the bear were also there.

“Tell me, for you know for certain,” snarled the prince fiercely at the old woman, “where have you put the beautiful girl from the parlour?”

The old woman giggled to hear this: “You have me, so why do you scorn me?”

The bear nodded, too, and looked for the nail in the wall.

“You are honest, to be sure,” said the prince, “but I shall not be the old woman’s fool again.”

“Just pull out the nail,” growled the bear.

The prince reached for it and pulled it half out, looked about him and saw the bear as already half man, and the odious old woman almost as a beautiful and kind girl. Thereupon he drew out the nail entirely and flew into her arms for she had been delivered from the spell laid upon her and the nail burnt up like fire. And the young bridal pair travelled with [her] father, the king, to his kingdom.

The End.

Yes, a bit weird, but wonderful. The prince is neither clever nor heroic. The old witch (princess) and the bear [the King, her father] are the brains. What the moral is, is up for grabs. Probably that young men rarely see what’s right in front of them!

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A final poem for National Poetry Month

Towser is waiting.

Towser is waiting.

Cruise De Luxe

Though bliss it be to grandly roam
In foreign land or sea,
The joy of joys is coming home
To domesticity.
And with content to settle down
From travel wear and tear,
With slippers, pipe and dressing-gown
In snug armchair.

When you have climbed the Pyramid,
Admired the Taj Mahal,
Beheld a bull-fight in Madrid,
Gondoled the Grand Canal,
How gleeful seems the garden patch
With blooms of bonny hue!
How Towser, when you lift the latch,
Leaps up to you.

You’ve drunk gin-slings in Singapore,
Loafed in the souks of Fez,
Sun-bathed on Capri’s silver shore.
And scaled the heights of Eze.
For travel education is,
And how you see and learn,
But, oh! the climax of your bliss
In your return!

Aye, though you comb the blasted earth
And roam the seven seas,
But when beside the quiet hearth
You cull your memories,
Then when the books and friends you love,
You’ll find in peace and rest
The end of travel is to prove
That home is best.

–Robert W Service

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Monday, again. Can’t I get an award for just showing up?

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“Oh, my eyes! Is it really Monday, again?”

Apparently our blogger overindulged this [Super Bowl Sunday] weekend, again. So, here’s some book award news that’s fit to print!

Katherine Applegate has won the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan (Harper). This novel, based on a true story, is narrated by a silverback gorilla that lives in an ill-run roadside attraction with other performing animals; illustrated by Patricia Castelao Costa. (Don’t worry, it has a happy ending.)

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Jon Klassen has won the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal (for Picture Book Artistry) for This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), in which a small fish gleefully steals a hat belonging to a larger fish and tries to get away with it; it was edited by Liz Bicknell.

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For other award winners, check out Publishers’ Weekly extensive coverage.

Fiscal Cliff Dive Into A New Year Giveaway

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Dec 31, we’re giving away the adult romcom murder mystery book, Lily Does Sweden, in our Fiscal Cliff Dive Into A New Year Giveaway.

Also, post a review of your giveaway book and we’ll send you The Extra Man (Bk 3) as a thank you gift. Yep, we’re that nice at the holidays!

If you’re interested in free ePubs, jump over to the giveaway page for all the juicy details.

The Christmas Day Reason To Live Giveaway

Tomorrow Onlygoosekindle Dec 25, we’re giving away the Christmas murder mystery book, A Goose Is Cooked (Bk 2), in our Christmas Day Reason To Live Giveaway. The book is part of a series, but it can be read as stand alone also!

Also, post a review of your giveaway book and we’ll send you The Extra Man (Bk 3) as a thank you gift. Yep, we’re that nice at the holidays!

If you’re interested in free ePubs, jump over to the giveaway page for all the juicy details.

Stick around till Dec 31, and join in the fun of the Fiscal Cliff Dive In A New Year Giveaway! The book will be Lily Does Sweden. 

Stuck in Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! Processing Hell? This way out!

 

As you may recall, we ran into some issues with Barnes & Noble selling the Nook version of our new book Lily Does Sweden. Notably the B&N stated “24-72 hour” processing time to put the book on sale extended to . . . one week, two weeks, three weeks . . .  and counting.

 

At first we thought it might be the content. However, after a bit of a research, turns out a lot of people were having their books stuck in processing limbo for weeks on end.  Not something B&N really wants the world to know, so not something they posted prominently.

The recommendation from B&N on the Support Boards was simply to go in and redo the setup and upload of the title as if it were a brand new book.  According to a few people, who have had success with redoing the title, the redo seem to make the B&N system kick the first version out for sale.

We know. So weird!

Lily Does Sweden was “redone” today. (No, we never stop working!) So, with any luck, it will be up for sale as a Nook this coming week. We’ll keep you all posted as to whether this method really works or not.

 

In the meanwhile, if you’re on Goodreads, sign up for the Lily Does Sweden book giveaway. We’re giving away two autographed and personally inscribed trade paperback copies this month. There you can also download and read the first two chapters of the book.

Or, drop over to Indra’s WP site A Seat At The Feast and check out the TOC and the first chapter, which is on the Lily Does Sweden Page. If you like what you read, $1.99 on Nook, Kindle, or other epub retailers. Trade paperback ($14.99) is already available on B&N and Amazon as well as other retailers.

 

World Book Night 2013, prepare for a howling good time!

Go ahead, be loud, be proud, and set your inner reader loose!

For all you WBN friends and supporters, this is the latest news.

WBN is planning a whole crop of big, late October announcements.

They have an all-new website in the final stages of design, the books for 2013 are chosen, there are new honorary co-chairs to announce, and national media is all lined up.

They will be emailing folks on their lists (as well as notifications on Facebook and by tweet) when the giver application goes live. Once the process opens, you don’t need to rush to apply.  Check out the book list when it’s posted, and start thinking now about where you want to go to personally hand out books on April 23, 2013.

Of note: This year WBN will see a log-in process. They would like you to create a user name and password so both you and WBN can track applications very carefully. It got a bit chaotic last year.

The new WBN website will go up the day of the announcements; the current WBN website is the old one.

You’ll have all of November and into December to enter a thoughtful application, give WBN time to read them, and then they’ll have more exciting news – and of course another amazing time together again in April 2013.

WBN has posted another giver video from 2012!  Check it out: 

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