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Fri, October 25th, 2013
Flappers and Button Men: Touring the World of “Dollface”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t usually write about book launches, but then again, the most interesting thing I could say about most book launches is that a lot of people stood around drinking cheap wine from plastic cups and wondering why the cheese is always cut into those little cubes. Last night, however, I joined a group of […]

Mon, August 15th, 2011
Save the Monstrumologist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Pellinore Warthrop, the arrogant, brilliant hero of Rick Yancey’s thrice-starred Monstrumologist series, is in trouble. Snap to, Will Henry, and rescue your master! Or that’s what we would say if this was a story. Unfortunately, it’s a very real tale of art versus commerce, and the only one who might be able to help is […]

Fri, September 18th, 2009
Weeklings: Best-Sellers Past, Present, & Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

I know something happened this week–everybody was talking about it. Writing about it, even. Something, something . . . some guy published a book? Oh, yeah! Dan Brown thrilled the world by finally–finally–giving us The Lost Symbol. The New York Times, which really is getting the hang of this breaking-the-embargo thing, wrote, puzzlingly, that Brown […]

Wed, August 19th, 2009
Lazy Awards Round-Up Post
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Here’s a quick ‘n dirty look at who won/was nominated for what in the last week: Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader, 2008) won the 2009 Baccante literary prize. She will be recognized at a ceremony on September 26th in Matera, Italy. Author/illustrator Gail Gibbons (Tornadoes, 2009) will receive the prestigious Regina Medal on April 7, […]

Fri, April 17th, 2009
2009 Indies Choice Book Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The results are in for the 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards: Best Indie Buzz Book (Fiction) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press) Best Conversation Starter (Nonfiction) The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead) Best Author Discovery The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David […]

Tue, April 14th, 2009
I Am a Twit
Posted by: Keir Graff

-terer. And I’m not twitting you. You can follow my unvarnished, 140-character musings on life, the universe, and everything (related to books, that is) at I still have mixed feelings about this stuff–I really do fear that we’re getting so glued to our social media that we are losing our ability to think, reflect, […]

Tue, April 7th, 2009
Everything’s Coming Up Apocalypse
Posted by: Keir Graff

Now this is smart: a used books merchant doing read-alikes. A while ago, I got an e-mail from AbeBooks touting their “End of the World Literature – Post-Apocalyptic Fiction” list. While it includes many titles that I included on my “Core Collection: Before and after The Road,” there are titles that I either missed or […]

Fri, March 13th, 2009
Quickly: Great Bookstore, Villainous Bookmen, and Bad Timing
Posted by: Keir Graff

A few recent news stories that have stuck in my head . . . . At a time when independent bookstores seem like an endangered species–when even the chains that have displaced them are closing branches (see Bill Ott’s Back Page)–it’s comforting to read about an old-fashioned bookshop that is still thriving. In the Guardian, Jeanette Winterson […]

Thu, February 26th, 2009
Advertising Copywriters Take Note
Posted by: Keir Graff

Usually I don’t pick on self-published authors–they already have enough of an uphill battle without me piling it on. But, of the many many many press releases I receive on a daily basis, this one just made me . . . well, I’ll say “smile.” Under the subject heading “AUTHOR RETIREMENT CLEARANCE SALE!!!” I received this […]

Fri, November 14th, 2008
The Writer of The Dragon Tattoo
Posted by: Keir Graff

Maybe I’m just a soft-hearted guy who’s more interested in books and movies than in news about how much money books and movies earn, but NPR’s segment yesterday (“The Making of a Posthumous Best-Seller“) about Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo left me cold. The focus of the piece wasn’t so much about the book or its author as […]

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