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Archive for July, 2010

Fri, July 30th, 2010
Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]


Tue, July 27th, 2010
Minority Report: “The New Jim Crow;” Sparking a Social Movement?
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

First day on her job as the director of the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in Northern California,  Michelle Alexander saw a bright yellow poster declaring: “The drug war is the new Jim Crow.” Skeptical, she went on to work. But within ten years she would accept the declaration on that […]


Tue, July 27th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Lee Child’s Jack Reacher
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, is writing, and maybe even directing, an adaptation of One Shot (2005), one of Lee Child’s novels about Jack Reacher, the former military policeman who keeps winding up knee-deep in trouble. This is very good news. The Reacher […]


Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Murderati, Tess Gerritsen asks, “Why the hell won’t they review my book?!!!” and pretty much answers her own question. My visit to the Inquirer was a sobering look at how tough newspapers have it these days, trying to keep up with all they have to cover.  Every author wants attention, but one look at […]


Thu, July 22nd, 2010
Reading the Screen: Jaws
Posted by: David Pitt

You probably heard that a 15-foot great white shark was spotted recently off Cape Cod’s Nauset Beach (if not, you can read about it in the Cape Cod Times). Which, I think you’ll agree, is sufficient justification to talk about Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel. Jaws, the novel, was a […]


Wed, July 21st, 2010
I Write Like James Ellroy, Who Writes Like David Foster Wallace
Posted by: Keir Graff

So this I Write Like thing has gone viral. Using a simple tool, people can have their writing analyzed and learn whether they write like Margaret Atwood or Stephen King. And it was only a matter of time before writers played with it, too. The results are amusing: Margaret Atwood, it turns out, writes like Stephen King. (The Huffington […]


Fri, July 16th, 2010
Cory Doctorow and I Narrate “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
Posted by: Keir Graff

…along with 299 other people. (Cory Doctorow, thanks for lending your celebrity to this blog post!) As anyone who read “Do-It-Yourself Audiobooks” knows, I’m in love with the sound of my own voice. (The problem is finding other people who love that sound, too.) Give me a microphone and a script, and I’ll narrate anything. Heck, I’ll […]


Fri, July 16th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Getting Freaky Deaky with Elmore Leonard
Posted by: David Pitt

Freaky Deaky, Elmore Leonard’s 1988 novel about ’60s radicals making an comeback in the ’80s, is being turned into a movie. Apparently — see this article at deadline.com – the writer-director, Charles Matthau, is making some changes to the story, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Quentin Tarantino made some alterations to Rum Punch […]


Thu, July 15th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Super Sad True Love Story
Posted by: Keir Graff

With Daniel Kraus on vacation in the wilds of . . . somewhere (all I can remember is that he decided not to go to Montana, a regrettable decision if ever there was one, even if there is a new puppy involved), I’m taking it upon myself to guest-author this week’s Book Trailer Thursday. Why? […]


Tue, July 13th, 2010
Awards Round-Up
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Here’s a quick n’ dirty round-up of literary award winners from June and July: The IMPAC Dublin Awards named Gerbrand Bakker’s debut The Twin the 2010 winner. The Locus awards have announced their 2010 winners, which includes Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan. See the rest here. The Mozart Season won the 1991/2011 Phoenix award. For more information visit the Children’s literature Association website. Continuing […]





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