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Archive for January, 2007

Wed, January 31st, 2007
Mailer Still Enjoys Fighting (Words)
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Tue, January 30th, 2007
"In the old days…Even the hate mail was pretty well thought-out."
Posted by: Keir Graff

On, 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 […]

Mon, January 29th, 2007
Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Posted by: Keir Graff

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. […]

Mon, January 29th, 2007
Sidney Wins the Oprah
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Thu, January 25th, 2007
National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Nominees
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Thu, January 25th, 2007
2007 Edgar Nominees
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Wed, January 24th, 2007
Your “New York Times” Review: $399
Posted by: Keir Graff‘s new POD division,, 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: […]

Wed, January 24th, 2007
Patron Wins the Newbery, Wiesner Wins the Caldecott, Etc.
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Wed, January 24th, 2007
Reports of This
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]

Thu, January 18th, 2007
Who’s Doing What Now?
Posted by: Keir Graff

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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