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Archive for February, 2009

Tue, February 17th, 2009
Is The Owl in Daylight what it seems?
Posted by: Keir Graff

From The Guardian, a noteworthy tale of self-publishing (“Widow self-publishes ‘recreation’ of Philip K Dick’s final novel,” by Alison Flood). Tessa Dick, the “fifth and final wife” of Philip K. Dick, “has reworked the novel the legendary science fiction author was working on when he died in 1982.” It’s not at all clear how much […]

Fri, February 13th, 2009
Quickly: Banning Books, Speaking Freely, Faking Memoirs, Stealing Books, Feeling Sorry
Posted by: Keir Graff

And what a week it was. All right, fine: weeks. A few miscellaneous links I can’t delete without sharing . . . . The editorial board of the New York Times makes a good point (“Banning Books in Miami“): The Miami-Dade School Board’s decision is not only unconstitutional, it is counterproductive. If the board wants […]

Thu, February 12th, 2009
Featherproof Not Featherweight
Posted by: Keir Graff

A new, old idea. The old part: books by subscription. The new part: limited editions based on the number of subscribers. Tiny (but scrappy) Chicago publisher featherproof now has its first imprint, paper egg. (Bring back uppercase letters, say I . . . wait a minute . . . bring back copyeditors who enforce consistent […]

Thu, February 12th, 2009
Lincoln Prize Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

It’s Lincoln’s 200th Birthday and in his honor, two Lincoln Prize winners were named by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute yesterday. Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy and the Civil War won Craig L. Symonds a bronze cast of Lincoln and $25,000. This is the second Lincoln Prize win for James M. McPherson, […]

Thu, February 12th, 2009
Dial A for Awards
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’m not the first to make the observation that the annual ALA Youth Media Awards feel like the Oscars. (If only there were a red carpet and all the authors were there to clench their jaws and clap robotically when they didn’t win.) And you know that part in the Oscars when that accounting dude […]

Wed, February 11th, 2009
Can’t I Just Be Alone with My Books?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Oh, great. More thoughtful.

Wed, February 11th, 2009
The Tomes They Are a-Changin’
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just asking: when did tome become synonymous with book? I ask because, in a Chicago Tribune article about the Kindle yesterday, the writer stated how many “tomes” the device could carry. Talk about a tin ear for the English language. My trusty Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (though a print artifact, only marginally a tome) […]

Wed, February 11th, 2009
‘East of the Sun’ named Romantic Novel of the Year
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Conveniently in time for Valentine’s Day, the Romantic Novel of the year was announced by the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. The shortlist included: Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern Before the Storm by Judith Lennox Sophia’s Secret by Susanna Kearsley The Last Concubine by Lesley Downer But the honor went to Julia Gregson for East of […]

Tue, February 10th, 2009
Exclusively Yours
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you haven’t seen our Booklist Online Exclusives newsletter yet, check it out. (And then sign up.) What’s a Booklist Online exclusive? Funny you should ask: Booklist Online exclusive reviews complement Booklist‘s already extensive print coverage, allowing us both to review some subject areas in greater depth and to weigh in more quickly on titles […]

Mon, February 9th, 2009
Spoken Word Grammy Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

For the four of you that watched the Grammys last night, I’m sure that you were watching to: A) see if there was indeed going to be a live-broadcast birth, as M.I.A. looked about ready to pop, and; B) find out who won the Spoken Word Grammys . . . why else? If you didn’t […]

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