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Thu, February 19th, 2009
Blah Blah Blah
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the off chance that you missed it, here’s the interview I did last night:


Tue, February 17th, 2009
If I Twittered, This Would Be a Tweet
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given the problems in publishing, this line, from Nicholas Rankin’s review of Valerie Holman’s Print for Victory (British Library), is provocative. From the Times Literary Supplement: Even though book publication was halved in the war, book sales doubled and booksellers made money. (Or was that too wordy?)


Tue, February 17th, 2009
Is The Owl in Daylight what it seems?
Posted by: Keir Graff

From The Guardian, a noteworthy tale of self-publishing (“Widow self-publishes ‘recreation’ of Philip K Dick’s final novel,” by Alison Flood). Tessa Dick, the “fifth and final wife” of Philip K. Dick, “has reworked the novel the legendary science fiction author was working on when he died in 1982.” It’s not at all clear how much […]


Fri, February 13th, 2009
Quickly: Banning Books, Speaking Freely, Faking Memoirs, Stealing Books, Feeling Sorry
Posted by: Keir Graff

And what a week it was. All right, fine: weeks. A few miscellaneous links I can’t delete without sharing . . . . The editorial board of the New York Times makes a good point (“Banning Books in Miami“): The Miami-Dade School Board’s decision is not only unconstitutional, it is counterproductive. If the board wants […]


Thu, February 12th, 2009
Featherproof Not Featherweight
Posted by: Keir Graff

A new, old idea. The old part: books by subscription. The new part: limited editions based on the number of subscribers. Tiny (but scrappy) Chicago publisher featherproof now has its first imprint, paper egg. (Bring back uppercase letters, say I . . . wait a minute . . . bring back copyeditors who enforce consistent […]


Fri, February 6th, 2009
The Future of Books Is as Bright as a Computer Monitor
Posted by: Keir Graff

(My digital to-read stack may not be cluttering my physical desktop, but it sure feels heavy all the same . . .  ) Ready to think about the future of books? These days, I can hardly stand to do anything else. Join me! In January, in Time (“Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature“) Lev Grossman […]


Fri, January 16th, 2009
Buying Reviews and Undropping F-Bombs
Posted by: Keir Graff

An update on David Carnoy’s Knife Music: just before New Year’s, I noticed a review of the book in Kirkus Discoveries. The review praises the pacing and prose, and sums up by calling it a ”gripping thriller debut that is just what the doctor ordered.” A review almost any writer would kill for–and which any writer can apply […]


Wed, January 14th, 2009
Quickly: Presidential Authors, Holocaust Memoirs, Literary Prizes, Prophet Centers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Not to be outdone, Dick Cheney is writing a book, too (Galleycat): In an interview with Sean Hannity, he explained that he had “a few scores to settle,” and hoped the book could top off his legacy. But the consensus seems to be that the best writer to occupy the White House in modern times–well, […]


Tue, January 13th, 2009
Quickly: Penguin Memoir, Obama Bucks, Abusive Blurbs, All Work and No Play
Posted by: Keir Graff

Tom Tomorrow tackles the memory crisis (“This Modern World,” Salon). A bunch of publishing types speculate on how much money Barack Obama will earn for his memoirs (“How Much Will Obama Get for His Memoirs?” New York). Funny, funny, funny: Larry Kirshbaum, agent and former CEO, Time Warner Books: “With Dow 9,000 as a base, […]


Tue, January 13th, 2009
Of Wovels and P-Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

On NPR, Rick Kleffel talks to Victoria Blake of Underland Press about a new form of fiction: the “wovel” (“The Wovel: Literary Alternative to Browsing Blogs“). Basically, it’s a serial novel with a Choose Your Own Adventure twist at the end of each installment–the readers vote on what should happen next. Voting is open from Monday […]





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