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Archive for July, 2008

Mon, July 21st, 2008
Journalist Slights Novelists
Posted by: Keir Graff

Likely Stories was less story-filled than usual last week because I was home with a sick kid–interestingly, he felt well enough to demand that I build train tracks for him most of the time he was awake. Fortunately, a lot of people seemed to enjoy the Booze and Books post. Keep the comments coming! In […]


Tue, July 15th, 2008
Booze and Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

I received this link from a number of sources–Book Club Girl‘s Bastille Day pairing of books and French wine–but I kept deleting it. The commercial tie-in turned me off, for starters, and the list just didn’t seem that great, either. The Count of Monte Cristo? Mon dieux! Then the ever-watchful George Eberhart sent the list to me, […]


Tue, July 15th, 2008
What I Looked Like at My Summer Conference
Posted by: Keir Graff

While I was reading at the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in Anaheim, out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone taking my picture. (And this despite the strict “no paparazzi” clause in my contract.) Although the picture-taker lacked the multi-pocketed safari vest and pants that are the uniform of the working photographer, […]


Tue, July 15th, 2008
What I Said at My Summer Conference
Posted by: Keir Graff

When I was in Anaheim, William Taylor of Ingram Library Services interviewed me on the exhibit floor, asking me about my new book, One Nation, Under God. You can stream or download the podcast by following this link. There’s a point about two minutes in where I completely lost my train of thought, but it […]


Mon, July 14th, 2008
Quote of the Day
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, Quote of Last Thursday, but it’s still good. Obama via Galleycat: Over the course of four years I made time to read all of the Harry Potter books out loud to my daughters. If I can do that and run for president, then you can find time to read to your kids.


Mon, July 14th, 2008
Dastardly Plan Foiled by Librarians
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t know why, but this made me think of Michael Gruber’s excellent Book of Air and Shadows. Oh, wait, I know why. (Although this is more Donald Westlake than Gruber.) New tag: Life Imitates Art. (Although we know where Art gets his ideas.) From the Guardian (“Man held over theft of Shakespeare first folio,” by […]


Mon, July 14th, 2008
Hard Case Crime Is a Pulp Machine
Posted by: Keir Graff

. . . and I mean that as a compliment. From a news release dated today: New York (July 14, 2008) – Charles Ardai, Edgar Award-winning author and creator of the acclaimed pulp mystery series Hard Case Crime, today announced a new series of pulp novels scheduled to debut in the summer of 2009: The […]


Fri, July 11th, 2008
Titillating Tidbits
Posted by: Keir Graff

In her starred review of American Wife, Joanne Wilkinson definitely captures the nuances of Curtis Sittenfeld’s fictionalized account of Laura Bush’s life–but Booklist word counts don’t allow her any room for excerpts. Interested parties can visit Radar (“American Wife: Laura Bush Explored“) for that. Warning: Imagined descriptions of the President’s private parts lie on the other […]


Fri, July 11th, 2008
Midnight’s Children Is Best of the Booker
Posted by: Keir Graff

Or should that be Midnight’s Children are Best of the Booker? I never can figure out the Queen’s English. From the Beeb (“Rushdie Wins Best of Booker prize“): It is the third Booker award for the author, who was also the winner of the Booker of Bookers in 1993. “Marvellous news – I’m absolutely delighted […]


Thu, July 10th, 2008
His LibraryThing User Name is ArtGarf63
Posted by: Keir Graff

Don’t ask me why I was looking at Art Garfunkel‘s Web site this morning–hey, I said “don’t ask”! I knew you would ask. OK, I was writing the “teaser” text for a “Noteworthy” review on the Booklist Online home page (for the book Impossible, by Nancy Werlin): If the song “Scarborough Fair” brings to mind the […]





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