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Archive for October, 2010

Sun, October 31st, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Thing
Posted by: David Pitt

If you’re a fan of science fiction movies, you probably already know that a prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) is being filmed. It promises to explain just what went on at the Norwegian base prior to the events we saw in the movie. A lot of people consider The Thing to be a […]

Fri, October 29th, 2010
Weeklings: The Novel’s Dream of Itself, E-books on Campus, Google’s Poetry Translations, Prolific Authors, Prison Books, and Sterling’s Gold
Posted by: Keir Graff

There sure are a lot of pieces about the relationship between books and paper, which makes sense. We need a lot of thinking to make sense of this changing media environment. Much as I had a hard time working up the energy to read yet one more take, I was glad I read Tom Chatfield’s “Do […]

Mon, October 25th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Hobbit (Finally)
Posted by: David Pitt

Back in March, I talked about the upcoming movie version of The Hobbit.  Since then there have been some setbacks — the original director left the project, for example — but, according to this article at, the movie’s back on, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson behind the camera. A good and […]

Fri, October 22nd, 2010
Weeklings: Digitizing Our World, The Word Made Flesh, Short Book Titles, and the Quotable Tom McGuane
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Treehugger, Jaymi Heimbuch rounds up “7 Major Ways We’re Digitizing Our World, And 3 Reasons We Still Want Hardcopies.” It’s the latter 3 that get to me–take THAT, people who claim that paper books are bad for the planet!–and more fuel for my fear of all my information going up in a . . […]

Thu, October 21st, 2010
Awards Roundup: Mystery Edition! featuring JK Rowling
Posted by: Courtney Jones

This week’s roundup has been dominated by the mystery prizes awarded at BoucherCon by the Bay last week. In addition to the Derringers and the Barry and Macavity award announcements, there were some big winners for the Anthony awards: Best Novel The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny Best First Novel A Bad Day for Sorry, by Sophie […]

Thu, October 21st, 2010
Reading the Screen: A Wizard of Oz Prequel?
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this article at Cinematical, it looks like the awesome Sam Raimi will be directing a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, with — get ready to be excited — Robert Downey Jr., as the Wizard. (That guy there, to the left, is Frank Morgan in the 1939 film.) According to the article, the […]

Wed, October 20th, 2010
War and Peace: The Battle Is Over
Posted by: Keir Graff

I have a nice fat copy of War and Peace sitting on my shelf. And, this morning, I finished reading Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece–without even opening the covers. How did I manage that feat? Via e-mail. Way back on February 27, 2008, in a post titled “If I Start Now, I Can Be Done by December […]

Sun, October 17th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Secretariat
Posted by: David Pitt

Secretariat, the new movie about the 1973 Triple Crown winner, is based on William Nack’s 1975 book Big Red of Meadow Stable: Secretariat, The Making of a Champion. Here’s a look at the movie:   Big Red of Meadow Stable  – reissued recently as Secretariat: The Making of a Champion — is considered to be […]

Wed, October 13th, 2010
Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Finkler Question beat out early favorites The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell, and Tom McCarthy’s C for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Jacobson, a self-described “Jewish Jane Austen,” gave his lively acceptance speech last night at London’s Guildhall. For more on Jacobson’s surprise victory visit the Man Booker website.

Tue, October 12th, 2010
Cookbooks in the Library: Your Questions Answered
Posted by: Brad Hooper

On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, Booklist hosted the webinar “Breaking New Bread: Cookbooks in the Library,” sponsored by Wiley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Storey Publishing. Our distinguished panel was made up of Michael Friedberg, Marketing Manager at Wiley; Katrina Kruse, Marketing Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Amy Greeman, Publicity Director at Storey Publishing; Mark Knoblauch, […]

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