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Archive for August, 2007

Tue, August 14th, 2007
O.J. Simpson isn’t the only pariah with a book in him
Posted by: Frank

News of Karl Rove’s imminent departure and book-writing plans prompted the Associated Press to ask publishers to share their opinions on a potential memoir from the controversial White House adviser referred to by President George W. Bush variously as “the architect,” “boy genius,” and, perhaps most poignantly, ”turd blossom.” Highlights: “‘If he’s ready to talk about what he’s […]


Mon, August 13th, 2007
They are not a crook!
Posted by: Frank

In its continuing quest to squeeze every last drop of schadenfreude from the legal woes of the media mogul formerly in charge of its cross-town rival, the Chicago Tribune delivers a long preview of Conrad Black’s upcoming Richard Nixon bio. Reporter Susan Chandler uses one of the Trib’s trademark moves to great effect–couching a snarky […]


Sun, August 12th, 2007
Cultural Observateurs
Posted by: Kaite

The two sources I trust the most have finally weighed in on the Harry Potter phenomenon. On the front page of the Book Review, The New York Times printed a review that revealed no major spoilers (although if you’re not aware of the ending by now, it’s time to sublet that granite subterranean flat you’ve […]


Sat, August 11th, 2007
Saturday Book Suggestions
Posted by: Neal

It is hot here and thunderstorms are brewing – which makes it the perfect time to escape into a story. The Religion by Tim Willocks is a nice way to disappear for a while. The first of an expected trilogy, The Religion chronicles the escapades of Mattias Tannhauser, a truly resourceful man. He is set […]


Fri, August 10th, 2007
Secrets of the Readers’ Advisors: Revealed!
Posted by: Kaite

I think we’ve been outed. Pierre Bayard has blatantly stated what we librarians only whisper to each other in dark corners of conferences, confess in encrypted emails to our closest pals, grudgingly admit over the fourth or fifth bookardi and cola at Librarian’s Anonymous meetings. We haven’t read everything. In his soon-to-be published treatise, How […]


Thu, August 9th, 2007
Havoc Wreaked–Cheap
Posted by: Kaite

Di Herald’s kick-ass readalike on Kick Ass Heroines reminded me of why I wanted to play striker for Manchester United and use a meter maid for goal practice this morning. I wasn’t parked more than ten minutes! It wasn’t even 8 a.m.! And she saw me coming to move my car! But the more I think about […]


Thu, August 9th, 2007
Final chapter of a noir trilogy sees the light after author’s death
Posted by: Frank

Ghosttown, the third novel in Mercedes Lambert’s trilogy featuring L.A. attorney Whitney Logan, comes out from Five Star this month. Lambert was the pen name of Douglas Anne Munson, who died of cancer in 2003. The first two Logan books, Dogtown and Soultown, will be reissued by Stark House next spring. All three were written […]


Wed, August 8th, 2007
Well, sometimes we think we can
Posted by: Neal

There must be something in the water. Like Katie, I have been thinking about book jackets, prompted by the work of Joyce Saricks. Joyce is Booklist’s readers’ advisory (RA) columnist (see At Leisure with Joyce Saricks). She recently wrote a column on book jackets which outlines how useful jacket art and text can be when […]


Wed, August 8th, 2007
A Blog Built for Two (or more)
Posted by: Kaite

Scootch OVER, Frank! I want a turn. Frank, you amaze me. I cannot fathom how you are able to keep up with all the breaking news in the book biz. And provide pithy commentary. You get my brain buzzing about reading and writing. Now I have something to mull over in staff meetings. I appear to […]


Tue, August 7th, 2007
But will he continue to star in “Shark”?
Posted by: Frank

In a big transaction after the waiver deadline, literary critic James Wood has been called up from his longtime Triple A team, the New Republic, to the New Yorker’s major-league club, the New York Times reports: “In some literary circles, Mr. Wood has been described as a brutal critic who has debunked many of the […]





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