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Archive for April, 2007

Tue, April 10th, 2007
BMOC Still a BMOC?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Bertelsmann AG’s buyout of Time Inc.’s Bookspan, which includes the venerable Book-of-the-Month Club, prompts an examination of retail book clubs in the age of Amazon.com. From the Wall Street Journal (“Book-of-the-Month Club to Turn a New Page,” by Matthew Karnitschnig): Book and record clubs have shown surprising resilience in the digital age. More than 20 […]


Mon, April 9th, 2007
Sedaris Speaks
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last night at the Chicago Theater, David Sedaris showed his awareness of the fact-or-fiction controversy by beginning his performance with a disclaimer. He noted that, indeed, not all of the details in the work he would be reading were true–one name had been changed to avoid confusing listeners, and a line of dialog had been rephrased for emphasis. Other […]


Fri, April 6th, 2007
“…a poor man shames us all.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m writing for the May 1 Mystery Issue today. So, without comment, here’s some absolutely worthwhile reading from TomDispatch.com – ”What They Didn’t Teach Us in Library School” — that’s not just for librarians: We offer our staff hepatitis vaccinations and free tuberculosis checks. We place sanitizing gels and latex gloves at every public desk. Who would guess […]


Thu, April 5th, 2007
News Flash: Sedaris a Poor Journalist
Posted by: Keir Graff

In The New Republic, Alex Heard rakes the hot coals under our favorite elf (“This American Lie“): Over the years, as I watched other nonfiction writers go down in flames–Frey, Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, the “monkeyfishing” guy at Slate–I wondered why no one had checked on America’s favorite nonfiction imp. So I decided to do […]


Wed, April 4th, 2007
Murakami and Mortenson and Relin Win the Kiriyama
Posted by: Keir Graff

Pacific Rim Voices announced the winners of the 2007 Kiriyama Prize last week, and here they are: Fiction Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, by Haruki Murakami (Knopf) Nonfiction Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Viking) Interestingly, the subtitle of the nonfiction […]


Wed, April 4th, 2007
As Least You Already Know It Goes Under “R”
Posted by: Keir Graff

Surely you can’t prepare a book for shelving without opening the covers. From In the Bookroom via Galleycat (“Don’t You Dare Open That Potter“): Tucked away in the Library Journal staff blog, there’s a small item about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, specifically about the embargo agreements Scholastic and Baker & Taylor required from potential vendors and […]


Wed, April 4th, 2007
Thomas M. Keneally Wins the Peggy V. Helmerich
Posted by: Keir Graff

I spend a lot of time announcing the winners of famous national and international literary awards, but today I want to mention a very important award that doesn’t generally make a lot of news. (Even I’m guilty of being a bit slow on this — Laurie Sundborg sent me the information two weeks ago and […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2007
Gerrard Head-Butts Pelé
Posted by: Keir Graff

And they just keep coming. The 2007 British Book Awards finally bring the famous “Three G’s” — John Grisham, Ricky Gervais, and Steven Gerrard — together. It’s about time. If only they had all three been there. Lifetime Achievement Award John Grisham Best Read of the Year The Interpretation of Murder, by Jed Rubenfeld (Holt) […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2007
The ABA That Didn’t Merge with the NBA
Posted by: Keir Graff

Boy, I’m out one day with a sick kid and all the news happens. The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of the 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, “recognizing those titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling during the past year, as voted by the owners and staff of ABA member bookstores”: Adult […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2007
McMahon Marketed by Editor
Posted by: Keir Graff

Now it can be told: Neil McMahon’s new editor is — gasp – a guy from marketing. You’ll thrill to the immense respect that Carl Lennertz (Vice President, Independent Retailing) has for “real” editors – and to McMahon and Lennertz’s respect for one another. From Shelf Awareness (“The Author-Editor Duo Behind Lone Creek“): Carl: Omigod, my respect for editors […]





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