Friday, November 07, 2003

And here's the news 

The BBC's Big Read has been dramatizing several novels as part of the campaign to see which is better. When they did J.D. Salinger's THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, evidently they forgot to ask permission. Salinger doesn't like when people forget to do that, and he's rather pissed.

A Dutch appeals court has blocked publication and sales of the Russian book TANYA GROTTER, saying it's ripping off J.K. Rowling's books. I'm sure this story isn't over yet. Meanwhile, ORDER OF THE PHOENIX finally gets published in Germany. What took so long?

Naturally, with all the hype, someone (namely the Guardian) has to interview Helen Fielding about her new book.

Martina Cole is one of the most popular crime writers in the UK, as this interview points out. Her East End-set books have really struck a chord with the masses as they chronicle lives of poverty and crime in a salty, earthy manner. Although some writers are jealous of Cole's success (I've heard some of the griping myself), many should take after her in terms of how she supports young and up-and-coming writers. At Crime Scene this summer, she was on a rather contentious panel talking about whether "crime is a matter of class." She handled herself very well, and at the end, shocked and delighted the crowd (and the panel) by holding up an advanced reader's copy of Richard Burke's psychological thriller FROZEN (due out in early January from Orion). Cole also supported Mark Billingham's career early on when she bought hundreds of copies of his second novel, SCAREDY CAT, to give to her friends, urging them to read the book. She might not be to everyone's taste but I do admire her a great deal.

The letters at Mobylives are amusing me greatly. Especially (as of now) the second letter from the top, that the reason for touring is to "attract groupies." Hell, they should have asked me about that, although since it (my first published article, I might add) is more than 2 years old, it does seem rather quaint......

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