I haven’t read Jenna Bush’s Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope (HarperCollins), but I was intrigued by Ben McGrath’s description in the New Yorker (“First Book“): The book has a spare, verging-on-hardboiled prose style ("’How did your parents die?’ Ana asked. ‘They were sick," Berto said. ‘Mine, too.’"), and suggests that Jenna may yet have a future […]
Archive for October, 2007
I can’t seem to leave the New York Times site today. For instance, have you heard of “libel tourism”? Me neither. Rachel Donadio explains (“Libel Without Borders“). And David Brooks ponders how Jack Kerouac’s On the Road went from being “a burst of rollicking, joyous American energy” to “the book you want to read if you find Sylvia […]
Joe Keenan has won the 2007 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel My Lucky Star. The runners up? Bob Newhart (I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!) and Merrill Markoe (Walking in Circles before Lying Down). That’s a lot of TV talent for a book prize.
So now Little, Brown won’t be publishing Tintin in the Congo at all (“Little, Brown Cancels Tintin in the Congo,” by Lynn Andriani, Publishers Weekly): Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which had been planning to publish Tintin in the Congo, a book criticized for its racist, Colonial-era depictions of Africans, has quietly pulled the […]
I guess this is the publishing world’s version of reality TV shows (“Amazon Launches Debut Novel Contest,” Publishers Weekly): Amazon is getting into the author-writing contest arena, launching the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award today in cooperation with Penguin and Hewlett-Packard. Amazon will accept submissions through November 5 and the winner will have his or […]