Friday, October 31, 2003

The end of week roundup 

Although Toronto was lovely and I enjoyed my time there, travelling does put a damper on the natural rhythm of blogging. But I'm back and here's some stuff to catch up on.

Karin Slaughter is interviewed about her latest book at CNN.

Julie Andrews, aside from being famous for musicals, movies, and as Mrs. Blake Edwards, has been a noted children's author for several years now. She's just about to launch her own imprint of books for HarperCollins. One day she'd like to write books for adults but her schedule "doesn't allow for it."

The tortured, tangled history of what used to be Crime in Store, an independent mystery bookshop based in London, has just added a few more twisty strands. After moving to a new location only to have its assets liquidated only a year later, it was revived as Crime On Store after Trevor Doyle stepped in to add some financial fuel. Now, only two months afterwards, things don't look so good as they had been ordered as of yesterday to vacate the premises at 32 Store Street. Doyle claims that the difficulties are due to "solicitors being on holiday" and promises to be in new digs within a few weeks. Much as I'd like to be optimistic, I have a feeling the death knell may be sounding sooner rather than later.

Contrary to the party line, HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman asserts that "publishing is alive and well." Take that statement with all the grains of salt that are necessary.

Recent book deals reported for Ari Fleischer, Christine Todd Whitman, playwright and children's author William Nicholson, and several others.

MobyLives chronicles the trials of Amy Gutman as she struggles with Amazon's new search engine. Don't expect this mess to get resolved anytime soon....

New book reviews: Clive James' collection of poetry is admired, Juli Zeh's novel (translated from German) leaves the reviewer excited and chilled, and Helen Fielding's attempt at a girlie spy novel is examined in great detail.

Seducing Graydon Carter. I agree wholeheartedly, Ms. Spiers, it was very wrong of you to put such an image in our heads. It might even force me to ponder my own tenuous connection to the aforementioned Vanity Fair CEO. But it's so slight as not to be worth mentioning in the slightest.

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