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Thu, August 30th, 2007
Powerful Vindication, Sort Of
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Turcotte family has settled their lawsuit¬†against Augusten Burroughs and St. Martin’s, reports the Boston Globe (“Family settles with ‘Running with Scissors’ author, publisher,” by Rodrique Ngowi): Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin’s Press, agree to call the work a “book” instead of “memoirs,” in the author’s note and to change the acknowledgments page in […]


Thu, August 9th, 2007
Final chapter of a noir trilogy sees the light after author’s death
Posted by: Frank

Ghosttown, the third novel in Mercedes Lambert’s trilogy featuring L.A. attorney Whitney Logan, comes out from Five Star this month. Lambert was the pen name of Douglas Anne Munson, who died of cancer in 2003. The first two Logan books, Dogtown and Soultown, will be reissued by Stark House next spring. All three were written […]


Mon, August 6th, 2007
A fake Apple honcho a day makes the publishers pay
Posted by: Frank

Another blog book (I’ll never type “blook,” no blook references here so look elsewhere if you like the look, sound and mouthfeel of blook) made headlines over the weekend, as the New York Times outed the Forbes technology writer behind the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs blog after following the trail of breadcrumbs contained in […]


Fri, July 20th, 2007
Poor, Unpublishable Jane Austen
Posted by: Keir Graff

Yet another why-don’t-publishers-recognize-good-writing story (“The author and the Austen plot that exposed publishers’ pride and prejudice,” by Steven Morris, The Guardian). I’m shocked, shocked that contemporary publishers don’t want to publish something that seems as if it was written 200 years ago. Even if they didn’t recognize that it was Jane Austen, they may have […]


Tue, July 3rd, 2007
Will the JT Leroy verdict set a precedent?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Galleycat had an interesting take on the Laura Albert/JT Leroy verdict last week (“But What If “JT Leroy” Wasn’t a Fraud?“): Even if one maintains reservations on the appropriateness of the lengths Albert went to in order to ensure “JT” was the public face of her work – and acknowledging the point that signing a […]


Fri, March 30th, 2007
Will the real Mrs. Shelley please stand up?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Okay, I’ve completely missed the latest development in this nearly two-century-old controversy. Fortunately for me, Dan Kraus trolls for book news in the unlikeliest places. To be fair, I’m sure it was a saved keyword search that alerted him. Or maybe he found it on Salon first. Long story short: there’s long been suspicion that […]


Wed, March 21st, 2007
Jenny Siler on Alex Carr
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Sarah Weinman’s blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, I found a link to Stephen Allan’s Noir Writer and his interview with Jenny Siler. I went to grade school and high school with¬†Siler in Missoula, Montana, and although we haven’t spoken since then (in different grades, we were never more than acquaintances, although I loved […]





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