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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Weekend Update 

The longlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year has been announced.

Susanna Moore's IN THE CUT will be seen in theaters everywhere soon, with Meg Ryan in the starring role. Now she has a new book out, ONE LAST LOOK, and the New York Times presents a thoughtful review.

Seamus Heaney talks about his collaboration with Ted Hughes on a poetry project and how that affected both their lives.

The UK Edition of the McSweeneys Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales is out, and Elaine Showalter likes some of the stories--especially Sherman Alexie's--but isn't convinced by others.

The nominees for the Nero Wolfe Awards are out:

GONE FOR GOOD, by Harlan Coben (Delacorte)
THE WEEPING BUDDHA, by Heather Dunn MacAdam (Akashic Books)
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Matin's Minotaur)
OPEN AND SHUT, by David Rosenfelt (Mysterious Press)
WINTER AND NIGHT, by S. J. Rozan (St. Martin's Minotaur)

The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet held in New York on December 6.

Claire Zulkey's weekly interview is with Susannah Breslin. She talks about "postmodern pornographic literature", why she killed her blog, and how to mix humor, sex and literature together.

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