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Archive for April, 2007

Fri, April 20th, 2007
Crime, Sci-Fi, Sports, and Historical Fiction–Business as Usual
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been an interesting few of weeks of book reviewing. First, I did a bunch of stuff for the May 1 Mystery Gazetteer: The Museum of Dr. Moses, by Joyce Carol Oates (Harcourt); Mr. Dixon Disappears, by Ian Sansom (Harper); The Follower, by Jason Starr (St. Martin’s); Chain of Evidence, by Gary Disher (Soho), and three freshly […]


Fri, April 20th, 2007
Honoring the Honored
Posted by: Keir Graff

Still catching up.  The indefatigable award-givers at PEN have inaugurated the PEN/Borders Literary Award, for “a truly distinguished American writer whose critically acclaimed work helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways.” I know, I know: with criteria as specific as that, you’re probably wondering who on earth they could find […]


Wed, April 18th, 2007
The Car Crashes Won’t Be Simulated
Posted by: Keir Graff

Speaking of Dickens, I had fully intended to write about Dickens World and Harry Potter World, whose impending existence I only became aware of thanks to Galleycat (“Books into Theme Parks,” by Sarah Weinman): First is the announcement that Dickens World, a theme park devoted to – you guessed it – the work and life of […]


Wed, April 18th, 2007
The Heir of Dickens?
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes, and I’m falling behind. But I liked this article in Sunday’s Guardian (“The great unknown,” by Louise France), about “one of those authors of whom literary editors have never heard, and readers can’t get enough.” The result is a narrative which might not be elegant or literary; […]


Tue, April 17th, 2007
Orange you glad I didn’t make a pun?
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2007 Orange Prize shortlist has been announced: Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Knopf) Arlington Park, by Rachel Cusk (Farrar) The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Grove/Atlantic) A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese) The Observations, by Jane Harris (Viking) Digging to America, by Anne […]


Tue, April 17th, 2007
Cormac McCarthy reportedly “tired of being honored”
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced, and clearly the judges have been watching Oprah. Here are the winners for Letters, Drama, and Music: Fiction The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf) Drama Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire History The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, by Gene […]


Mon, April 16th, 2007
A Pride of Writers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Also from GalleyCat, the shortlist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award (“For Five Young Writers, a Library’s Lions Roar,” by Ron Hogan): The Children’s Hospital, by Chris Adrian (McSweeney’s) The Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier (Pantheon) Whiteman, by Tony D’Souza (Harcourt) The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin (Putnam/Marian […]


Mon, April 16th, 2007
Picking “Webscabs”
Posted by: Keir Graff

Dr. Howard V. Hendrix, vice-president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, thinks some of his peers are selling themselves short — by giving away their work. From Galleycat (“Who Gives Away Books Online? ‘Scabs,’ Says Prominent Sci-Fi Writer,” by Ron Hogan): Dr. Howard V. Hendrix (left), currently winding down his term as the vice-president […]


Mon, April 16th, 2007
I have cereal boxes on mine
Posted by: Keir Graff

Maybe the first time a Web site has been built on a refrigerator: Miranda July’s No one belongs here more than you. Clearly she’s creative at more than just writing short stories. Ms. July cites another interesting site promoting another book with an interesting title (even if that title isn’t a complete sentence): Then We Came to […]


Fri, April 13th, 2007
We just offered her a contract
Posted by: Keir Graff

My brother, Sean, sends me hilarious family updates via e-mail. The photos are great — he’s a professional photographer – and the dialog, recorded by both Sean and his wife, Kirstin, is better than most Off-Loop theater. (The thoughts of their tiny geniuses, Wilhelmina and Oscar, make me think of the Royal Tenenbaums minus the dysfunction.) Anyway, Wilhelmina, at seven years old, has already discovered a secret […]





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