Archive for September, 2007

Hmm….
By September 26, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Hmm….

Anyone know of any others? (Free for all spotted on Kaite’s Book Shelf.)    

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Agents: Useless or Merely Ineffectual?
By September 26, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Agents: Useless or Merely Ineffectual?

There’s been some upheaval at one of England’s top literary and acting agencies, the details of which aren’t terribly important to anyone except to industry watchers and top literary and acting talent. It did, however, result in a commentary (“Agent provocateur,” the Guardian) by Martin Wagner which is worth the time of anyone who aspires […]

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Stuart Dybek Is a Genius
By September 25, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Stuart Dybek Is a Genius

Speaking of geniuses, beloved Chicago author Stuart Dybek (I Sailed with Magellan, 2003) was just called a genius, too–and this high praise has even higher financial rewards than the Frank O’Connor (rich though that award may be): he’s been named a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, with a cushy payout of a cool half mil over five […]

Miranda July Wins the Frank O'Connor
By September 25, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Miranda July Wins the Frank O'Connor

Apparently unsatisfied with a career as filmmaker, video star, website designer, and author–now she’s become an award-winning author as well. Richard Lea reports in the Guardian that Miranda July has won the Frank O’Connor for her collection No One Belongs Here More Than You (“Award-winning film-maker scoops short story prize“–what, not “short-story”?). Not only did she beat out Alice Munro […]

Posted in: Book Awards, Book News
Um…30? .0017?
By September 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Um…30? .0017?

The National Book Foundation has announced the 2007 5 under 35. I know, it sounds like a math problem, but it’s about writers: Now in its second year, 5 Under 35 highlights the work of the next generation of fiction writers by asking five previous National Book Awards fiction Winners and Finalists to select one […]

What I Would Read If I Liked Reading
By September 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

What I Would Read If I Liked Reading

In the New Yorker, Austin Kelley examines the Strand Bookstore‘s Books-by-the-Foot service (“Books in Bulk“). I would have thought that the primary client would be set designers, but it turns out the Strand does a fair amount of business with private libraries, too. Not only are they providing books for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, […]

Posted in: Book News
Does that mean we can exchange friendship rings?
By September 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Does that mean we can exchange friendship rings?

From across the pond, a too-rare sentiment in the ongoing print-vs.-blogs campaign: blogs and reviews should be best friends. Awww. No, seriously: awww. Natasha Tripney is writing about theater reviewing (or, if you prefer, theatre), but it works anyway. (Thanks, Frank!)

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Interview: Jonathan Messinger
By September 21, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Interview: Jonathan Messinger

The short stories in Jonathan Messinger’s Hiding Out offer what Booklist reviewer Mark Eleveld calls “a sliding scale of solipsism”: characters retreat, hide, obsess, find themselves in the wrong situation, and struggle to connect. In my favorite story, “Hiding Out,” a lonely guy sends e-mails to himself, reluctantly attends his bloviating boss’ birthday bash, and […]

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Blurbs Away!
By September 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Blurbs Away!

Over at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, Sarah Weinman looks at the Denver Post‘s look at blurbing (“Not all blurbs are created equal,” by Robin Vidimos). Conclusion? They work. I’ve actually heard publishers say that blurbs aren’t that important, but I think they do make a difference when it comes to books. (The film industry has […]

The More You Think about It, the More Sense It Makes
By September 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

The More You Think about It, the More Sense It Makes

Sometimes you see the same thing on several different blogs, and how you cite it simply depends on the order in which you read the blogs. (Making the case that you should name your blog “AAA Litblog”.) Anyway, via BookDaddy via Bookslut, it’s Beckett for Babies: Brilliant. I hope somebody publishes this.