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Fri, July 19th, 2013
Pseudonymous
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  ”Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]


Fri, March 9th, 2012
Overlooked Books: The Novels of “Edgar Box”
Posted by: David Pitt

Gore Vidal has a pretty interesting bibliography: the novels Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln, Hollywood, and the groundbreaking The City and the Pillar, for example, not to mention various essays, screenplays, and whatnots. You probably know all that already, but you might not know this: in the 1950s Vidal wrote three crime novels under the pseudonym Edgar […]


Fri, January 14th, 2011
Today Show: Snooki Trumps Newbery, Caldecott
Posted by: Courtney Jones

In case you need more proof that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is a monster and must be stopped, she’s written a book. She wanted to surprise everyone by writing fiction.  Don’t get too excited, A Shore Thing is basically a novelization of her life, with plenty of GTL* for everyone. To add insult to injury, the Today […]


Sun, September 26th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Samuel Holt
Posted by: David Pitt

In 1986 a new mystery writer, Samuel Holt, appeared on the scene. His first novel, One of Us is Wrong, starred a fictionalized version of the author, an actor called Sam Holt, who went from playing a criminology professor on a hit TV series to solving crimes in real life. You might not have heard of Samuel […]


Thu, May 27th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Just in Case
Posted by: David Pitt

I read on joblo.com that The Genesis Code (1997), a thriller by John Case, is being turned into a movie. David R. Ellis, who gave us the splendidly wacky Snakes on a Plane, is set to direct. Whether this means Case’s story about murder, conspiracy, DNA research and the Roman Catholic Church will be turned […]


Fri, February 26th, 2010
Weeklings: Toyota, James Frey, Charles Bukowski, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Posted by: Keir Graff

Charles Pellegrino’s The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, a grim reexamination of the first wartime use of the atomic bomb, relies extensively on first-person accounts. Unfortunately, according to the New York Times (“Doubts Raised on Book’s Tale of Atom Bomb,” by William J. Broad), one section of the book relies on the […]


Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Seems Like It Would Be Easier to Lie On the Page Than on Camera
Posted by: Keir Graff

All right, this will be my last fraud-related post of the week. Probably. On Media Assassin, Harry Allen has video of Margaret Seltzer, aka Margaret B. Jones (Love and Consequences, 2008), explaining what her upbringing was like: “We used to say, growing up, ‘I’m not from America, I’m from South Central L.A.’” Ouch! (Via.)


Tue, February 5th, 2008
The Name Was Plagiarized, Anyway
Posted by: Keir Graff

A great detective story, starring journalist and author Robert Fisk. From The Independent (“The curious case of the forged biography,” by Robert Fisk): Needless to say, I noticed one or two problems with this book. It took a very lenient view of the brutality of Saddam, it didn’t seem to care much about the gassed […]


Tue, January 15th, 2008
Playing Hard to Get
Posted by: Keir Graff

A long but interesting piece on author anonymity–and pseudonymity–in the Guardian (“The great unknown“). The proudly bylined John Mullan examines the reasons that writers, from Sir Walter Scott to Joe Klein, have chosen to hide in plain sight. His conclusion? That writers don’t do it because they’re afraid: Indeed, in these cases as in many […]


Thu, September 20th, 2007
Budding Russian Novelists Take Note
Posted by: Keir Graff

Luke Harding had an interesting piece (“Move over Tolstoy“) in the Guardian yesterday about Boris Akunin (aka Grigory Chkhartishvili) author of the Erast Fandorin novels (The Winter Queen, 2003; The Turkish Gambit, 2005; The Death of Achilles, 2006; Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, 2007). Described as “the country’s most successful contemporary author and in those terms the […]





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