Archive for March, 2008

Oh Yeah? Well, Why Don't You Fake News Writers Go on Strike and Let Us Know How It Goes
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Oh Yeah? Well, Why Don't You Fake News Writers Go on Strike and Let Us Know How It Goes

The headline is funny, the story not so much. Maybe it hits too close to home. Or maybe–despite whatever grain of truth this piece of satire contains–it’s actually wrong. From the Onion (“Novelists Strike Fails To Affect Nation Whatsoever“): LOS ANGELES – The Novelists Guild of America strike, now entering its fourth month, has had no […]

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News of the Weird
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News of the Weird

Mystery solved, apparently. From the Telegraph (“German pilot shot down Little Prince author,” by Henry Samuel): A former German World War II fighter pilot has claimed he shot down French literary hero Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, 63 years after the event. However, Horst Rippert, 88, said he would have held his […]

The Novel: A History
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The Novel: A History

It takes the New Yorker a little longer to catch up with a story, of course, but when they do, the results are usually worth reading. Referencing Margaret Seltzer, Jill Lepore (“Just the Facts, Ma’am“) examines the lies of history, the truth of fiction, and men’s and women’s preferences for each. She asks “What makes a book […]

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READABLE VS. DISCUSSABLE
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READABLE VS. DISCUSSABLE

A friend told me recently about a discussion she led that didn’t go well.  “They hated the book!” she said, referring to her group, which has been meeting at the local library for many years.  “They said it was the worst book I’ve ever asked them to read.  They said they could hardly get through […]

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The Double Bind

The Double Bind

Chris Bohjalian is the kind of author who tackles timely issues.  He crafts his fiction around topics like midwifery or animal rights or sexual identity and then humanizes and fleshes out the topics with characters and plot.  Another popular author who does this is Jodi Picoult.  I compare these two authors a lot. (Oh, and […]

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Wordless book: Discuss

Wordless book: Discuss

Seems kind of unusual, asking a book group to discuss a book without text. But I think it’s possible. Especially with The Arrival by Shaun Tan. This haunting, poignant and compelling picture book tells the classic story of an immigrant coming to a new country. The nameless male protagonist (a husband and father) leave his […]

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What We Never Discuss: the Physicality of Books, Part 1
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What We Never Discuss: the Physicality of Books, Part 1

The riddle? What’s that thing called – the kettle? The device that’s going to replace books in the future – the rattle? It will come to me. One thing book junkies never talk about is what we FEEL when we read. That’s why people who aren’t book junkies can think an electronic gizmo could induce […]

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REaD ALERT!
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REaD ALERT!

The fifth issue of Booklist Online REaD ALERT went out…um…Wednesday. I forgot to mention it until now. (And I forgot to mention the fourth issue entirely, apparently.) (Sign up here.)

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Novel Writing Made Easy
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Novel Writing Made Easy

Actually, I don’t think I can blame Ed Champion for this one. The last video was funny. I don’t think this one is supposed to be funny. Don’t feel obligated to watch the whole thing. Please.

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2008 Commonwealth Regional Winners
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2008 Commonwealth Regional Winners

The 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional winners have been announced. Africa Best Book: The Hangman’s Game, by Karen King-Aribisala (Peepal Tree) (Nigeria) Best First Book: Imagine This, by Sade Adeniran (SW) (Nigeria) Canada and Caribbean Best Book: The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill (HarperCollins) (Canada) Best First Book: The End of the Alphabet, by CS Richardson (Doubleday […]

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