Curiosities

May 17, 2010

A Literary Thriller 0

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Ahead of next week’s publication of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the battle over Stieg Larsson’s lucrative literary estate. (Thanks, Craig)

May 16, 2010

Spiegel & Grau turns to indies for help 1

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Shaken by scathing reviews from The New York Times and The Washington Post, Yann Martel‘s publisher turns to independent bookstores for help.

May 16, 2010

Martin Amis in The Globe and Mail 0

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Martin Amis is interviewed in The Globe and Mail: “All my novels are feminist from about 1980 on.”

May 16, 2010

Robert McCrum on books 0

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Would you rather have a long literary career, or write a brilliant, successful one-off? Robert McCrum considers the literary career arc.

May 16, 2010

The Versatile PhD 0

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Attention disenchanted graduate students and adjunct professors: There is life and work beyond the ivory tower for doctors of philosophy. If you’re interested in exploring this world of non-professing work, check out the new website The Versatile PhD.

May 14, 2010

First Lines of the New Tom McCarthy 4

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Here are the first lines of the new Tom McCarthy novel, C, forthcoming in September: “Dr. Learmont, newly appointed general practitioner for the districts of West Masedown and New Eliry, rocks and jolts on the front seat of a trap as it descends the lightly sloping path of Versoie House. He has sore buttocks: the […]

May 14, 2010

Striking New Book Covers 1

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The cover art for some highly anticipated forthcoming novels has been unveiled. Both C by Tom McCarthy and Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis are sporting eye-catching designs.

May 14, 2010

Claudel Wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 0

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Philippe Claudel’s novel Brodeck’s Report has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The book was released in the U.S. as Brodeck and sounds mighty intriguing.

May 14, 2010

Bradbury’s Legacy 0

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As Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday approaches, Slate explores why his stories have seeped into the culture.

May 14, 2010

Hollywood and the Brontes 1

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USA Today suggests that Hollywood’s love affair with Jane Austen is ebbing and, with film versions of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights on the way, the bigwigs have moved on to the Brontes.