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Archive for September, 2008

Fri, September 12th, 2008
Friday Funnies
Posted by: Keir Graff

From America’s Finest News Source (“National Endowment for the Arts Funds Construction of $1.3 Billion Poem,” The Onion): WASHINGTON—The National Endowment for the Arts announced Monday that it has begun construction on a $1.3 billion, 14-line lyric poem—its largest investment in the nation’s aesthetic- industrial complex since the $850 million interpretive-dance budget of 1985. “America’s […]


Wed, September 10th, 2008
Quickly: Booker, Rushdie, Rowling, Palin, Challenged Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Booker shortlist has been announced: Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger), Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture), Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies), Linda Grant (The Clothes on Their Backs), Philip Hensher (The Northern Clemency), Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole)–but no Salman Rushdie (The Enchantress of Florence). Why not? The book wasn’t good enough (“Rushdie […]


Mon, September 8th, 2008
Sherry Jones Finds U.S. Publisher for Jewel of Medina
Posted by: Keir Graff

According to Publishers Weekly, Sherry Jones’ Jewel of Medina will be published in the U.S. by Beaufort Books (“Beaufort to Publish ‘Jewel of Medina’,” by Jim Milliot). You may remember Beaufort as the house that picked up O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It. So clearly, it’s a matter of principle with them.


Mon, September 8th, 2008
Robert Giroux, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

Robert Giroux, a literary lion and the only surviving namesake of fabled publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux, has died (“Robert Giroux, Editor, Publisher and Nurturer of Literary Giants, Is Dead at 94,” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times). They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to, and publishing sure ain’t like it used […]


Fri, September 5th, 2008
People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead Pipped at the Post by Greek Rural Postmen
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Diagram of Diagrams, odd book titles’ equivalent to the Best of the Booker, has been announced, with Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers edging out People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It and How to Avoid Huge Ships (“Greek postmen win […]


Thu, September 4th, 2008
Quickly: Meanie, Medina, Authoritarianism, Wao!
Posted by: Keir Graff

For authors and would-be authors, a valuable reminder that, when basing your characters on real-life people, you should change more than just the names. Like their gender, for instance. Or your mean-spirited worldview. (“Director: Library Diaries Author Invaded Patrons’ Privacy,” American Libraries) Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina will be published after all, in Britain […]


Thu, September 4th, 2008
Interesting Timing
Posted by: Keir Graff

In Time (“Mayor Palin: A Rough Record“), Nathan Thornburgh’s examination of Sarah Palin’s political past turns up a noteworthy allegation: Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language […]


Wed, September 3rd, 2008
Those Drunken, Vomiting Writers Were So Adorable
Posted by: Keir Graff

I filed this away some time ago and never got back to it, but it’s too good a conversation starter to trash. In the New York Post (“Writers on the Rocks“), the memorably named Justin Rocket Silverman (I’ll bet you can anagram the hell out of that), asks, “So has the literary lush all but dried out?” [Strike "So" […]


Wed, September 3rd, 2008
Crime Doesn’t Pay–but Poetry Does
Posted by: Keir Graff

Louise Gluck (Averno, 2006) has won the Wallace Stevens Award, and with it, 100,000 smackers. The announcement comes via the Associated Press. Although the award is administered by the Academy of American Poets, I visited their Web site just now and could find no mention of the news on the front page or even in the […]


Tue, September 2nd, 2008
The Book Cover in the Mirror
Posted by: Keir Graff

And while I’m cribbing from Galleycat, I love this stuff:





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