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Archive for September, 2007

Thu, September 20th, 2007
And in this corner, weighing in at 128 pixels….
Posted by: Keir Graff

Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible, 2007) vs. Larry Doyle (I Love You, Beth Cooper, 2007). (Read about it on Galleycat.) I’m not sure if I even understand what set Grossman off, but I like the way he throws down the gauntlet. “Be it known that my mother has written a stiffly worded letter to the […]


Thu, September 20th, 2007
The old-fashioned book review: “shaky, moribund, or in the advanced stages of rigor mortis”?
Posted by: Keir Graff

For those who were unable to attend the Columbia Journalism Review panel on the vanishing book review, you can read worthwhile reports by Ed Champion and James Marcus. Be prepared to block out some time, especially if you intend to read the piece that got the ball rolling, Steve Wasserman’s “Goodbye to All That.” (And if […]


Thu, September 20th, 2007
Budding Russian Novelists Take Note
Posted by: Keir Graff

Luke Harding had an interesting piece (“Move over Tolstoy“) in the Guardian yesterday about Boris Akunin (aka Grigory Chkhartishvili) author of the Erast Fandorin novels (The Winter Queen, 2003; The Turkish Gambit, 2005; The Death of Achilles, 2006; Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, 2007). Described as “the country’s most successful contemporary author and in those terms the […]


Wed, September 19th, 2007
Ludlum Still Dead, Still Publishing
Posted by: Keir Graff

Apparently it takes a while for U.S. newspapers to reach Australia. Six weeks after the New York Times (“The Ludlum Conundrum,” by Richard Sandomir) explored the phenomenon of Robert Ludlum’s incredible post-mortem productivity, The Age (“The Ludlum conspiracy,” by Rob Sharp) gets in on the act. The author’s estate works like a “film studio,” we are told, […]


Wed, September 19th, 2007
Frey’s Agent Enters the Fray
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the New York Observer (“Reconstructing Frey“), Leon Neyfakh examines James Frey’s new book deal in the context of his agent’s efforts to make the name “James Frey” fall more trippingly from our lips. Thus Mr. Simonoff and HarperCollins took the first step in what will likely be a long, painstaking campaign to rehabilitate the […]


Tue, September 18th, 2007
Greenspan on Rand
Posted by: Keir Graff

The New York Times (“Ayn Rand’s Literature of Capitalism,” by Harriet Rubin) takes a 50th-anniversary look at “one of the most influential business books ever written”: Atlas Shrugged. One of its most influential fans? Alan Greenspan, whose own book will come out on Monday. The former Fed chairman even played the role of book critic, sort of, […]


Fri, September 14th, 2007
Interview: L. Jon Wertheim
Posted by: Keir Graff

In his books, L. Jon Wertheim, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, offers inside-out looks at sports. In Venus Envy (2001), he explored the insular world of women’s tennis. In Transition Game (2005), he used a high-school team to show the way basketball is changing. (Even Foul Lines [2006], a novel he co-wrote, is a tale of NBA innocence lost.) And in his new book, […]


Thu, September 13th, 2007
Batuman, Braunstein, Ekiss, Garcia, Grotz, and Goddard Jones Win Jaffes
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t usually link to many awards for up-and-coming writers, in part because the writers often don’t yet have any books I can link to. But what the heck, the six emerging women writers who have won the 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards will have books before you know it, and we call all look […]


Thu, September 13th, 2007
After This, a Moratorium on Fred Goldman-Related News, Too
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been observing an unofficial moratorium on O.J. Simpson-related news, but in today’s Washington Post (“Throwing the Book at O.J. Simpson“), Neely Tucker uses the events surrounding the publication of If I Did It as a lens through which to examine Fred Goldman and his single-minded focus on getting back at the man he believes killed his son–and I […]


Thu, September 13th, 2007
A Rare Defeat for Rowling
Posted by: Keir Graff

The favorite author of young British adults? Not J. K. Rowling. From the Guardian (“Dahl beats Rowling as young adults’ favourite author“): Roald Dahl remains the most popular children’s author among young adults, a survey has found. JK Rowling, whose first Harry Potter book sparked a publishing sensation when it hit the bookshelves 10 years […]





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