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Archive for November, 2007

Tue, November 13th, 2007
Jiang Rong Wins the Man Asian
Posted by: Keir Graff

You thought the Man Booker Prize was yesterday’s news? Think again! Chinese writer Jiang Rong has won the first-ever Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Wolf Totem. From Reuters (“Chinese writer wins first Man Asian literary prize,” by James Pomfret): “He was completely unknown, this book came completely left field,” said Jo Lusby, general […]


Tue, November 13th, 2007
Norman Mailer, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

Out of the office yesterday, observing (as suggested by the schedule of my younger son’s daycare) Veteran’s Day. So much to catch up on. For instance, Norman Mailer’s passing. The Mediabistro Morning Newsfeed did a great job of rounding up the most noteworthy of the many obituaries and tributes, but I’ll link to only one, Jay Parini’s respectful […]


Fri, November 9th, 2007
Loved the Book, Hated the Movie
Posted by: Keir Graff

Another link to the Onion? What is this, Friday? Yes. Their print list of “5 good books made into not-so-good movies” is expanded to 20 online. With YouTube links. If you haven’t seen the film version of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick, you’re in for a…what’s the opposite of treat? From “Lost In Translation: 20 Good Books […]


Fri, November 9th, 2007
Another Children’s-Book Character Dragged Out of the Closet
Posted by: Keir Graff

And the children’s-book revelations about sexual orientation just keep on coming. From America’s Finest News Source, The Onion (“R.L. Stine Reveals Slappy From Night Of The Living Dummy Was Gay“): NEW YORK – Children’s author R.L. Stine broke his long-held media silence Monday to announce that Slappy, the evil ventriloquist’s dummy from the Goosebumps Night […]


Thu, November 8th, 2007
More Art Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

I Love Libraries has an article from Virginia Libraries (“Text, Image, and Form: The Altered Book Project“) featuring even more altered books. I’m so uptight about my own books that I won’t even dog-ear them, but I love this stuff: Books with pages missing. Torn books. Books with writing, underlining, and drawing in them. These are usually a […]


Thu, November 8th, 2007
Ban Book TV, Suggests Author
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Guardian books blog (“Literary TV to put you off reading forever“), Daniel Kalder offers the producers of Book TV some useful suggestions to improve their programming. But here’s the short version: For the sake of literacy in the US, Book TV must be taken off the air. Well worth reading.


Thu, November 8th, 2007
MacPherson Wins the Sperber
Posted by: Keir Graff

Myra MacPherson, who wrote All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone (Scribner) has won the 2007 Ann M. Sperber Biography Award. She’ll pick up the hardware (I like to think it’s a golden tape recorder, or perhaps bronze ears) on November 27 in New York. (Spotted this on The Biographer’s Craft newsletter.)


Wed, November 7th, 2007
Hay Wins the Giller
Posted by: Keir Graff

Elizabeth Hay has won the Giller Prize for her novel, Late Nights on Air (McClelland & Stewart, 2007). From Reuters (“Former broadcaster wins Canada’s top literary prize“): A novel by a former radio broadcaster in Canada‘s north won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most lucrative and prestigious prize for fiction. Elizabeth Hay’s “Late Nights on […]


Wed, November 7th, 2007
Conservative Authors to Publisher: Liberalize Revenue Sharing
Posted by: Keir Graff

If the allegations are true, then I must say that I am shocked–shocked!–that a conservative book publisher would underpay its authors. Why, that would be like a conservative clothing manufacturer underpaying the workers who sew the shirts and pants. Never happen! From the New York Times (“Conservative Authors Sue Publisher,” by Motoko Rich): Five authors have sued […]


Tue, November 6th, 2007
Noooooooooooooo!
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Guardian (“Libraries to be ‘new channel’ for direct marketing,” by Richard Lea): A scheme to put thousands of advertisements into library books will find borrowers taking home a little more than they had bargained for. Up to 500,000 inserts a month are due to be handed out by libraries in Essex, Somerset, Bromley, […]





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