Literary mentors, Justin Bieber and a new book club

I just got a great compliment. Somebody told me I write like Canadian author Margaret Atwood, known for novels like “Cat’s Eye” and “The Blind Assassin.”

Unfortunately, the comparison didn’t come from one of my editors.

Instead, I received the compliment from a website familiar with just one of my newspaper columns.

I’m still pretty flattered. Nothing beats receiving kind words from a piece of technology.

I Write Like, a website recently profiled on the Los Angeles Times’ book blog, “analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.”

Beyond that, there’s not too much information regarding the site’s methodology.

When I entered a blog post on the site, it told me I write like Cory Doctorow, a Canadian-born writer who co-edits popular blog Boing Boing.

My final impression?

I Write Like didn’t teach me much about writing style, but it did suggest I have hidden ties in Canada.

(Non-Canadian outcomes are available. Just not for me, apparently.)

Pop culture books

Have you always dreamed about a Justin Bieber comic book? How about a self-help manual penned by “The Situation” from MTV’s “Jersey Shore”?

Fortunately, both works will soon be a reality.

A Justin Bieber biography told in comic book form is in the works. It comes courtesy of Bluewater Productions’ “Fame” series, which also offers comic book biographies of stars like Lady Gaga and Robert Pattinson.

If Bieber’s life story doesn’t excite you, focus your energy on “Here’s the Situation,” a book “The Situation” will reportedly release in the future.

With luck, we can look forward to all sorts of “Jersey Shore” wisdom — no commercial breaks required.

New book club

If you’re tired of discussing literary complexities with your dog, try a new local book club.

The group’s next meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at Cheddar’s, 5555 Whittlesey Boulevard.

They will discuss “Bird in Hand,” a 2009 by Christina Baker Kline. The book tells the story of two marriages.

You’re invited to meet with the club and help them plan their next selection. Click here to learn more about the local group online. You can also e-mail

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at or 706-571-8516.