Archive for September, 2007

The Other James Frey
By September 13, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

The Other James Frey

And, just asking: what effect, if any, has all this had on the career of James N. Frey, who has written fiction and nonfiction (each, we think, under the correct category)? And why has James N. Frey always used a middle initial despite the fact that he started writing years and years before James Frey? And what is James Frey’s middle intial? Oh: […]

Whoa.
By September 13, 2007 2 Comments Read More →

Whoa.

From the New York Times (“Book Deal for Writer Who Fabricated Parts of Memoir,” by Motoko Rich): James Frey, the author who admitted making up portions of his best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," has signed a new book deal for his novel "Bright Shiny Morning," with HarperCollins. The dollar figure was not disclosed. So […]

What's Right and What's Fair
By September 12, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

What's Right and What's Fair

Found this via The Elegant Variation, labeled “Bitter Author Alert!“–Peter Sacks, author of Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education (Univ. of California), confesses that he is underappreciated: Meanwhile, a thousand splendid authors, working in relative obscurity, have written a thousand splendid books that you will never hear about. We splendid authors […]

Eggers Wins the Heinz
By September 12, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Eggers Wins the Heinz

Dave Eggers (What Is the What) seems to be one of those love-him-or-hate-him writers. Because his life story was so integral to the launching of his career, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to separate his personality from his product. He’s been called “Saint Dave”–and not by the lovers. But, setting his work aside for the moment, he sure […]

Still Waiting for the Definitive 9/11 Novel?
By September 11, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Still Waiting for the Definitive 9/11 Novel?

In a brief article in USA Today (“Novels about 9/11 can’t stack up to non-fiction“), Bob Minzesheimer notes that nonfiction about 9/11 outnumbers novels by a staggering ratio: Six years after the twin towers fell, enough non-fiction has been published about Sept. 11, 2001, to fill an entire section of a bookstore: 1,036 titles, according to Books in Print. […]

Harper Lee's Stalker
By September 10, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Harper Lee's Stalker

In The Biographer’s Craft newsletter, Charles J. Shields, author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Holt), writes about how to write a biography when the subject won’t cooperate: This led to a practice that became habitual. I was always polite and discreet, even when people questioned my integrity. “Why don’t you just leave Nelle alone?” […]

Andrew Roberts Wins the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot
By September 10, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Andrew Roberts Wins the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot

Who can resist an honor with a moniker like the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award? Not me, that’s for sure. Well, Andrew Roberts won it, for his History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 (HarperCollins). Read the press release here. (Warning! PDF!)

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories, News
Interviews with Your Favorite Writers
By September 10, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Interviews with Your Favorite Writers

I’m pleased to help spread the news that Booklist Adult Books Associate Editor Donna Seaman has a very nicely redesigned site for her radio show, Open Books. There’s a nifty media player that allows you to listen to and download interviews of Michael Chabon, Sandra Cisneros, Jane Hamilton, Jamaica Kincaid, A. M. Homes, James McManus, Nikki […]

Getting It Wrong
By September 10, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Getting It Wrong

In Sunday’s New York Times (“No Thanks, Mr. Nabokov“), David Oshinsky’s look at Knopf’s rejection file reveals that even a “gold standard” publisher makes some errors in judgment: For almost a century, Knopf has been the gold standard in the book trade, publishing the works of 17 Nobel Prize-winning authors as well as 47 Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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The Mystery of Grace Paley's Life and Art
By September 10, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

The Mystery of Grace Paley's Life and Art

On Slate, Jess Row has a nice appreciation of Grace Paley (“Enormous Changes in Very Small Spaces“): Perhaps the most unresolved tension in Paley’s work lies between her unyielding political idealism (raised by proud and combative socialist parents, she always described herself as a “somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist”) and her acute, even overwhelming […]