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January 30, 2005

Generations of Winter by Vassily Aksyonov 1

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Generations of Winter was originally conceived as a mini-series for PBS, but when the project was shelved, Vassily Aksynov’s publisher convinced him to make a novel out of the project. The novel was published in the US in 1994, and 10 years later, in late 2004, a mini-series based on the novel made it to […]

January 29, 2005

Marketing books like movies 0

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This Reuters article describes how the British publishing house, Jonathan Cape, was forced to release Ian McEwan’s new novel, Saturday, early because the Evening Standard broke a publicity embargo and ran an interview two weeks to soon. Naturally, other newspapers, not wanting to be scooped by the Standard, also ran stories about McEwan’s book too […]

January 27, 2005

Coming to a Theatre Near You 0

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EW has a story today that Robert Zemeckis will direct the film version of The Corrections. Tom Hanks is always in Zemeckis movies. Does this mean that Hanks will be in the movie? Would he play Gary? (shudder) Jonathan Franzen, who is highly unlikely to be in charge of casting, nonetheless has some ideas: “If […]

January 27, 2005

Great book list at TEV 0

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To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Mark has posted a really good list of books about the Holocaust. I highly recommend it.

January 26, 2005

TV book club goes farther afield 0

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As TV book clubs fall by the wayside in terms of the public’s interest, the “Today Show” club appears willing to make some more off-beat, interesting selections. The most recent pick, chosen for the club by Walter Mosley, is Graceland by the Nigerian Chris Abani. The book, about a Nigerian Elvis impersonator trying to survive […]

January 25, 2005

Some Links 0

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“I’ve never actually read the books that I’ve blurbed.” – Nick Tosches in Bookforum That terrific Kenneth Tynan piece on Johnny Carson that Tingle was looking for. Want to bone up on philosophy, but can’t quite find the time? Try Squashed Philosophers. The CS Monitor gives capsule reviews of the NBCC fiction finalists, in case […]

January 24, 2005

Staying Sane: A Year in Reading (Part 4) 0

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I could not stop. I became a Calvino junkie and read The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount, two separate stories collected in one volume as suggested by the titles, and a book along the same lines as The Baron in the Trees. The stories are about an exemplar non-existent knight that the king’s army […]

January 24, 2005

Beatrice Multi-tasking 0

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Book blog fans: you may want to point your browsers to Beatrix, a new blog at ArtsJournal by Ron Hogan, the proprietor of the well-know blog Beatrice. With this impressive bit of branding, Ron has really locked down the “women’s names that begin with Beatri-” market.

January 23, 2005

Critics’ Finalists Announced 0

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Much as The 9/11 Commission Report made big headlines for its non-fiction National Book Award nomination, the nomination of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Vol. 1 for best biography by the National Book Critics Circle (though I’m told the book is deserving of this honor) will likely steal the spotlight in terms of news coverage of the […]

January 22, 2005

Murakami movie and more 0

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A Japanese movie based on the Haruki Murakami story “Tony Takitani” will get a US release this summer, according to this report. The film will have its North American debut at Sundance this Sunday. Meanwhile the Village Voice says Murakami’s new book Kafka on the Shore “is so strange that even its chestnuts take on […]