Archive for October, 2007

Booker Backlash
By October 22, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Booker Backlash

After the prize…let there be backlash! In the Guardian (“It’s time to ditch the prize guys“), Robert McCrum calls for reform: For radical reform, the prize, the sponsorship, and probably the administration of the prize, should be transferred to an organisation that understands the subtle and complex opportunities of arts promotion. It’s high time to […]

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A One-to-One Book-to-Shelf Ratio
By October 22, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

A One-to-One Book-to-Shelf Ratio

Via BoingBoing, the perfect bookcases for those who prefer furniture to books: (Thanks, Ben!)

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Coming Soon: The Pretty-Good-Seller List
By October 22, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Coming Soon: The Pretty-Good-Seller List

Clark Hoyt, the New York Times‘ public editor, offers an interesting look at how his paper’s best-seller lists are compiled (“Books for the Ages, if Not for the Best-Seller List“). Even if you feel that there is probably too much attention paid to best-seller lists and starred reviews (as I do), it’s worth reading the article to understand […]

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Welcome to Literary Feud!
By October 19, 2007 6 Comments Read More →

Welcome to Literary Feud!

So apparently, the short-story collection that made Raymond Carver’s reputation, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love (1981), wasn’t really what he had in mind. I should say “allegedly.” Carver’s widow, Tess Gallagher (Dear Ghosts, 2006), wants to publish a retitled version (Beginners) that reverses many of the reputedly heavy edits performed by […]

Coben Update
By October 19, 2007 2 Comments Read More →

Coben Update

I haven’t forgotten about my pledge to read a book by Harlan Coben. It’s taking me longer than I planned, but I did take the first step last night: I bought a copy of The Woods.

Yes, it is all about me–why do you ask?
By October 18, 2007 4 Comments Read More →

Yes, it is all about me–why do you ask?

Just a friendly reminder that, if you’re in Chicago, I’ll be reading, signing, and celebrating the release of my new book, My Fellow Americans, from 5:30-7:30 tonight at After-Words (23 E. Illinois). (If you’re not in Chicago, I’ll still be doing all of the above, but I’d imagine there’s a lot smaller chance that you’ll be able to join […]

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Steal These Books!
By October 17, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Steal These Books!

At the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair, the books were flying off the shelves–and those taking the books weren’t always paying for them. And the publishers didn’t always mind, either. Why? Because the books that get stolen the most at Frankfurt often end up selling the best in bookstores (“Great News: They’re Stealing Our Books!” […]

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You Have the Right to Watch This Documentary
By October 17, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

You Have the Right to Watch This Documentary

I am sworn by law to inform you that hard-working documentarian Dan Kraus (also an associate editor of American Libraries and a frequent Likely Stories tipster) has a new DVD that’s about to “drop” (isn’t that how the kids say it?): Sheriff. I haven’t seen Sheriff yet–Dan loaned me an old screener and then made me promise to […]

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Anne Enright Wins the Man Booker
By October 17, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Anne Enright Wins the Man Booker

Well, well, well. I knew it. Well, I didn’t know it, but in getting excited about the horse race between Lloyd Jones and Ian McEwan, I forgot to insert a line reading, “…but, of course, I’m sure it will be Anne Enright, a real long-shot, who comes from behind to pip them both at the […]

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Lloyd Jones vs. Ian McEwan
By October 15, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Lloyd Jones vs. Ian McEwan

Get your bets down. Jones (Mister Pip), who started as a 20-1 long shot, is now the 6-4 favorite to win the Booker Prize (“New Zealand author biggest literary Booker gamble,” by Paul Majendie, Reuters): Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmakers William Hill, said: “There has never been a betting plunge like this on the Booker.” Those […]

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