Archive for January, 2007

Mailer Still Enjoys Fighting (Words)
By January 31, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Mailer Still Enjoys Fighting (Words)

Norman Mailer may not be feeling up to head-butting, sitting on, or stabbing anyone these days, but he’s still good for a war of words. As Rush and Molloy reported in last Friday’s New York Daily News, even if Michiko Kakutani isn’t reviewing his books for the New York Times, it’s still her fault that […]

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"In the old days…Even the hate mail was pretty well thought-out."
By January 30, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

"In the old days…Even the hate mail was pretty well thought-out."

On Salon.com, Gary Kamiya offers a balanced, thoughtful essay (“The Readers Strike Back“) on the rapidly evolving — and somewhat off-balance – relationship between writer and reader. The reader revolution has also provided an unprecedented snapshot of America. Anyone who surfs the Web looks out over democratic vistas that Walt Whitman could only imagine. The switchboard […]

Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
By January 29, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

British publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson (an imprint of Orion Publishing Group) is launching a new line called Compact Editions (strapline: “Great Books in Half the Time”) in spring. From the Guardian: [The publisher] claims that market research shows many readers are put off by the “elitist” image of classics and by their daunting length and small print. […]

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Sidney Wins the Oprah
By January 29, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Sidney Wins the Oprah

So, as many of you already know, Oprah finally put an end to the suspense and announced her new book club selection: Sidney Poitier’s The Measure of a Man (I made this starred review public so you can read it even if you’re not a Booklist Online subscriber). Some people have speculated that Oprah is hoping that the […]

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National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Nominees
By January 25, 2007 4 Comments Read More →

National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Nominees

More catching up. Last Saturday night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their 2006 awards. Winners will be announced March 8. A partial but nearly complete list: Nonfiction The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq, by Patrick Cockburn (Verso) The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children […]

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2007 Edgar Nominees
By January 25, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

2007 Edgar Nominees

Still catching up…way back on last Friday, the Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on April 26 (attendees can choose from steak, salmon, or mystery meat). For a full list, click here. A partial list is below: Best Novel The […]

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Your "New York Times" Review: $399
By January 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Your "New York Times" Review: $399

Amazon.com‘s new POD division, BookSurge.com, offers DIY authors a menu of services that make the early days of self-publishing (“Where do you want us to put these boxes of books, sir?”) look like the Dark Ages. But in Slate’s Hot Document column, Bonnie Goldstein discusses an a la carte item that goes Kirkus Reviews‘ Kirkus Discoveries one better: […]

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Patron Wins the Newbery, Wiesner Wins the Caldecott, Etc.
By January 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Patron Wins the Newbery, Wiesner Wins the Caldecott, Etc.

I spent Monday morning frantically formatting the American Library Association award winners and linking them to their Booklist reviews. A partial list is below–a less partial list is here. You sure can’t accuse ALA of being stingy when it comes to literary awards. (A special shout-out to former Booklister John Green for his Printz Honor book, An […]

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Reports of This
By January 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Reports of This

Things have been so quiet here that readers will be forgiven for thinking I died. Fortunately, I was only in Seattle. I was there for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, where I had the opportunity to show Booklist Online to a lot of people, and also to get a lot of really useful feedback from people […]

Who's Doing What Now?
By January 18, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Who's Doing What Now?

All right, so there’s a gentleman (and I use the term loosely, very loosely) who not only doubts that I’ve written a novel using his name–he goes so far as to suggest that “Keir Graff” is merely a pseudonym he employs for his own work. Or words to that effect.

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