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September 19, 2006

Ed Champion: Nemesis 1

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Ed Champion has a nemesis, Time magazine book reviewer Lev Grossman, as we discover in Grossman’s latest column. Though somewhat tongue in cheek, Grossman is basically asking bloggers to use their power for good. All in all, it’s far more civilized than Steve Almond’s pathetic attempted takedown of Mark Sarvas in Salon from a year […]

September 18, 2006

Brooklyn Book Festival Dispatch 0

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An old friend sent in this report from the inaugural Brooklyn Book Festival Leaving to the New York Times, for the moment, the question of whether Brooklyn circa 2006 can fairly be compared to Paris circa 1930, it would have been apparent to anyone attending Saturday’s 1st Annual Brooklyn Book Festival that the borough has […]

September 17, 2006

NYT Book Review News 0

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I’m not really one to analyze the New York Times Book Review, but I noticed that the section got a couple of mentions in the journalism industry magazine Editor & Publisher. The first points out that the section’s online version has introduced a new bestseller list, one devoted to politics. The usefulness of such lists […]

September 17, 2006

On Recommending Books 1

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In the Contra Costa Times, librarian Julie Winkelstein pens a thoughtful little column about the challenges of recommending books and receiving recommendations from others. I also realized that although I have come to accept that my recommendations aren’t always taken, I still find it difficult when I don’t like a suggested book. It makes me […]

September 17, 2006

Cyborg Shoppers 0

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Bookseller Chick describes what is currently the bane of booksellers everywhere: those Bluetooth cell phone headsets. In the past, once this formerly erratic behavior was observed the bookseller could then take extra caution or at least have an answer to give other customers if they came up and complained about the person talking to themselves, […]

September 14, 2006

Booker Shortlist – With Excerpts! 0

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Forget the longlist. The Booker Prize shortlist is here, and favorites Peter Carey and David Mitchell didn’t make the cut, clearing the field for lesser known writers as the Guardian describes. Those that did make the list are: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai – Excerpt The Secret River by Kate Grenville – Excerpt […]

September 14, 2006

On Paranoid Writers 0

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Ed hones in on a favorite excuse that wannabe writers use to explain why they don’t have an agent or aren’t getting published: The point of all this is that if you’re a writer clinging to the stubborn notion that someone is out there to “steal” your work, and if you are letting this get […]

September 14, 2006

Books as Objects: Drug Mules 1

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I happened upon this story about a scheme to smuggle drugs into a Michigan prison using library books. From the Muskegon Chronicle: Inmates at the prison in eastern Montcalm County communicated with somebody on the outside, providing titles to check out from the Madison Square branch library on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The […]

September 14, 2006

Edward P. Jones in the News 0

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A pair of Edward P. Jones items that are getting mentioned everywhere but deserve a link from me too: A thorough look at Jones’ ouvre to date in Harper’s. (via YPTR) Part one of an interview with Jones at After the MFA. (via Pinky)

September 14, 2006

Flying with the Boy Wizard 0

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JK Rowling nearly had “to stow her top secret notes for book seven” of the Harry Potter series when flying from New York to England recently due to restrictions on carry on items. “They let me take it on thankfully, bound up in elastic bands,” she told fans on her Web site and attested that […]