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Archive for March, 2007

Tue, March 27th, 2007
Ezra Jack Keats: An American Hero
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has a cool new site. I’m a big fan of his books — and so is my two-and-a-half-year-old son. There’s a lot of information about Keats, his books and characters, and the foundation. (No T-shirts for sale, unfortunately.) Reading Keats’ fascinating life story, it seems all the more amazing that the […]


Mon, March 26th, 2007
Borrowed Book Abuse?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given that I once wrote an essay for the Chicago Tribune decrying the shelfworn condition in which a loaned paperback made its way back to me, I find myself almost gloating at the charges of undue similarity (no one’s saying “plagiarism” but the meaning is clear) levied at New York Times contributor and tome torturer […]


Mon, March 26th, 2007
An Sober Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

Warner Books is changing its name to Grand Central Publishing. From Publishers Weekly (“Warner Gets New Moniker,” by Rachel Deahl): Referring to the new name, senior v-p and publisher Jamie Raab said it more accurately describes what the imprint is and aims to be. Dissecting the name, Raab said: “We are ‘grand’ because we are […]


Thu, March 22nd, 2007
Happy Birthday to Me
Posted by: Keir Graff

One year ago today, I started writing this blog. It was just a lark, really — who knew that in such a short span of time Likely Stories would grow to become one of the publishing industry’s must-reads? (Well, I wish it were one of the publishing industry’s must-reads, but now that that statement is […]


Wed, March 21st, 2007
Jenny Siler on Alex Carr
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Sarah Weinman’s blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, I found a link to Stephen Allan’s Noir Writer and his interview with Jenny Siler. I went to grade school and high school with Siler in Missoula, Montana, and although we haven’t spoken since then (in different grades, we were never more than acquaintances, although I loved […]


Tue, March 20th, 2007
Magnum, A.L.
Posted by: Keir Graff

A bit of background: the Booklist offices are on the east end of the third floor of American Library Association headquarters. The American Libraries offices are on the west end of the third floor. We pass the AL folks in the hall every day and sometimes even engage in idle chit-chat as we wait for the […]


Tue, March 20th, 2007
Calder Calls It Quits
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publishing legend John Calder is calling it a day. From The Scotsman (“Scots literary lion who didn’t wait for Beckett“): HE HAS published some of the most avant-garde writers in literary history, scandalised the establishment and escaped brushes with the law. But now John Calder, Scotland’s greatest publisher and an enfant terrible of the Swinging […]


Tue, March 20th, 2007
Alexander Wins the Jackson
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m through with paying lip service to the threadbare struggle of poets’ lives, darn it. They may ride three-speed bicycles to work (their sack lunches ostentatiously perched in the front basket), but when they get home to their McMansions, they lounge in front of 102-inch plasma TVs while eating foie gras with ladles. First the […]


Mon, March 19th, 2007
The Long-Awaited Orange Prize Longlist
Posted by: Keir Graff

The longlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction, now the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, has been announced. For those unfamiliar with the Orange Prize: The prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in the […]


Mon, March 19th, 2007
Criminal Crime Writer Caught in Copacabana!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Someone could really turn this into a great thriller — but it would definitely help if that someone had some first-hand experience with a scenario like this. From The Guardian (“Militant turned crime writer caught in Brazil“): An Italian former terrorist turned bestselling crime writer who fled France in 2004 to avoid extradition home has […]





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