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Archive for November, 2006

Tue, November 21st, 2006
Celebrities’ Insipid Memoirs
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Guardian, John Crace discusses the British flood of ”celebrities’ insipid memoirs.” The names–Gary Barlow, Victoria Beckham, Pete Bennett, David Blunkett, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Jade Goody, Jordan, Kerry Katona, Peter Kay, Chris Moyles, Gordon Ramsay, Wayne Rooney, Janet Street-Porter, and Terry Wogan–won’t all be familiar to American readers, especially the soccer players. But the […]


Mon, November 20th, 2006
Publisher
Posted by: Keir Graff

So News Corp. is canceling If I Did It–both the book and the TV show. From the AP, via the Washington Post: NEW YORK — After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special “If I Did It.” “I and senior management agree with […]


Mon, November 20th, 2006
Class of 2k7
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been widely reported that publishers now expect authors to do more and more of the heavy lifting when it comes to promoting their books–up to and including lifting actual boxes of books. Of course, writers aren’t always skilled at publicity, marketing, and sales. Many of them became writers in the first place because their imaginations weren’t captured […]


Fri, November 17th, 2006
The Wheel of Life
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about what I’m reading, and with the weekend holding out its hand, it’s probably going to be a bit longer still. (“The weekend holding out its hand”? How do I think of these gems? How about, “With the weekend waiting to take me in its tender embrace”?) The truth […]


Thu, November 16th, 2006
Richard Powers Wins the National Book Award
Posted by: Keir Graff

As reported last night by our New York correspondent, John Green, Richard Powers has won the National Book Award for fiction. Well deserved, in this humble blogger’s opinion. The full list: Fiction: Richard Powers for The Echo Maker (Farrar) Nonfiction: Timothy Egan for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the […]


Wed, November 15th, 2006
Another Famous Golfer
Posted by: Keir Graff

So O. J. Simpson did it. No, not that. Obviously he didn’t do that–he was acquitted. I’m referring to the fact that, as previously posited, O. J. Simpson has indeed written a memoir (or had someone write one for him) in which he will explain how he would have killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, […]


Wed, November 15th, 2006
Alice Cooper and Bob Hope
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publishers Lunch reports the sale of a new celebrity memoir: Rock star and scratch golfer Alice Cooper’s ALICE COOPER, GOLF MONSTER: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, a golf and recovery memoir that chronicles Cooper’s devotion to a game that helped him battle his demons and overcome alcoholism, promising to be “completely candid […]


Tue, November 14th, 2006
Misspent Adulthoods
Posted by: Keir Graff

My recent post about McGoorty Day made me think about my other favorite books about pool and billiards. I’ll save the how-to books for another list, but this mix of narrative nonfiction, biography, and fiction should satisfy anyone who wants to steep in the seedy milieu of poolrooms. The Bank Shot and Other Great Robberies, by Minnesota […]


Thu, November 9th, 2006
Lam Wins the Giller
Posted by: Keir Graff

Vincent Lam, a Chinese-Canadian emergency-room doctor, has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his short-story collection, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. (The book has not  been published in the U.S.) Over 515,000 people watched on television (this is Canada, after all), as he received the $40,000 prize (that’s about $35,450 U.S.). And it pays to have a mentor: Lam’s career […]


Tue, November 7th, 2006
Zweibel Wins the Thurber
Posted by: Keir Graff

Alan Zweibel (The Other Shulman) has beat out Kinky Friedman (Texas Hold ‘Em) and Bill Scheft (Time Won’t Let Me) to win the Thurber Prize. The results aren’t on the Thurber House site yet, though, so here’s the Washington Post article. Writing humor has got to be the toughest kind of writing there is. If an author writes […]





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