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Archive for February, 2008

Thu, February 14th, 2008
Book It!
Posted by: Keir Graff

The radio show of Booklist‘s own Donna Seaman, Open Books, is now airing on Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, on select Sunday nights. Be sure to tune in this Sunday, February 17, at 9 p.m. (Central) as she talks with author Nancy Goldstein about her book Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist–just reviewed in […]


Wed, February 13th, 2008
Playing Footsie
Posted by: Keir Graff

While I actually own an inscribed copy of Elisha Cooper’s Crawling–which I received, due to an unusual confluence of events, at a Chicago Bulls game–I didn’t know I’d be Trendspotting (TM) until I stumbled across Mimi Schwartz’s Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed.   I realize that two books published five years apart isn’t really a trend–but […]


Wed, February 13th, 2008
“counting the humps”
Posted by: Keir Graff

…and other ways that documentary editors use to determine authors’ intent. On Slate, more on the Robert Frost problem (“The Impossible Art of Deciphering Manuscripts,” by Megan Marshall): One such reference seems to have tripped up Robert Faggen. A passage in which Frost alluded to fifth-century Mediterranean voyager Hanno the Carthaginian came out as “Hannof […]


Wed, February 13th, 2008
Most of You Wouldn’t Pay for It Anyway
Posted by: Keir Graff

More in a similar vein–except substitute Harvard for Oprah. And periodicals for books. From the New York Times (“At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on the Web,” by Patricia Cohen): Publish or perish has long been the burden of every aspiring university professor. But the question the Harvard faculty will decide on Tuesday is […]


Wed, February 13th, 2008
Toma Control de tu Destino
Posted by: Keir Graff

It seems like everybody’s offering free downloads this week. Well, not everybody–some folks are selling by the chapter. But, anyway, Oprah’s offering free downloads of Suze Orman’s Las Mujeres y El Dinero (and its English-language translation, Women & Money, too)–but only until tomorrow evening. And you’re not allowed to share it. Frankly, I’m so concerned about […]


Tue, February 12th, 2008
How do you top a title like If I Did It?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Like this: “O. J. Simpson’s Former Agent to Publish Book: How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder,” by Leon Neyfakh, The New York Observer. Brought to you by Regnery Publishing.


Tue, February 12th, 2008
Lawsuit Roundup
Posted by: Keir Graff

Pol’ Atteu & Patrik Simpson v. Jody (Babydol) Gibson (“Authors of new Anna Nicole book sue their own publisher,” Ben Widdicombe, Daily News): Simpson and Atteu acknowledge signing an agreement with Gibson, but told me Monday they regarded the document as a “draft.” And quite apart from making any money from the book, they say they […]


Mon, February 11th, 2008
Publishers Poise Toes Over Web Waters
Posted by: Keir Graff

Free books (“HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web,” by Motoko Rich, New York Times)… In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert […]


Mon, February 11th, 2008
How to Read Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Or should that be “how-to-read books”? In the Independent, D. J. Taylor’s review of James Wood’s How Fiction Works mentions the “very considerable critical sub-genre: the literary user’s manual.” Which includes: How to Read a Novel, by John Sutherland (2006) How Novels Work, by John Mullan (2006) Fifty-Two Ways to Read a Poem, by Ruth Padel […]


Mon, February 11th, 2008
These Good Reads come Best Recommended
Posted by: Keir Graff

Trying to catch up on a few older items today. The National Book Critics Circle’s “Best Recommended” list is now “Good Reads“–but the new list is still susceptible to some of the same old criticisms, capably voiced by Ron Hogan on Galleycat: If you were ever truly fascinated by what a cluster of people “from […]





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