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Wed, March 18th, 2009
Just Twitting You
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, according to an article on Bookseller.com, which I found out about through the ArtsJournal‘s excellent daily newsletter, the author R. N . Morris is republishing his 2007 crime novel, A Gentle Axe, in a surprising fashion. Not content with hardcover and paperback — and, I pre sume, audiobook, Morris is serializing A Gentle Axe […]


Fri, February 20th, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf Jr., R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times (“Alfred A. Knopf Jr., Influential Publisher, Dies at 90,” by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt: When he was discharged, he telephoned his father, who asked what he planned to do for a career. “I guess I’m going to work for you,” he said, and did. We’ve seen a lot of big names passing […]


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, […]





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