Monday, November 03, 2003

Monday Morning QB 

Robert Birnbaum's latest interview at Identity Theory is with Vendela Vida. She seems like a smart enough cookie, I'll give her that. But her whole thing about Snarkwatch attempting to "stamp out" snarky reviews? Not by a long shot.

"James Ellroy's Feast of Death", a documentary by the man who brought us the marvellous THREE KINGS, is airing on Showtime tonight. I've never met Ellroy, but based on interviews and those who have met him, he's quite the character, to say the least. Anyway, the ever-ubiquitous Virginia Heffernan has more to say about this.

Only five days ago, Iain Duncan Smith was tossed out of the Conservative party. Now he's on the campaign trail again--this time to hawk sales of his debut thriller, The Devil's Tune, out later this month.

Meanwhile, the saga concerning THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL just gets more tortured. To recap: Asne Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, came across Shah Mohammed Rais, his bookshop, and his family while covering the war in Afghanistan. She wrote a book about him highlighting the differences between his prosperity and the way he treated his family, especially the women. The book became a huge success first in Norway, then abroad (it's only just out in the UK and US.) He got pissed, and now he's suing for slander.

Why is the Giller Prize so popular in Canada? Television, according to the Toronto Star's Philip Marchand. That and because literary people love a good award ceremony. God knows there are enough awards in the mystery world, although nothing on TV as of yet. Still, perhaps the promise of cameras would make the Edgar Awards all the more livelier. (link from Moby.)

OLIVIA JOULES AND THE OVERACTIVE IMAGINATION (yikes, doesn't that sound like a Harry Potter title? Must be intentional) was reviewed heavily over the weekend. The Telegraph rather liked it, The Guardian thinks Fielding is "past her sell-by date," while the Sunday Times (no link available) doesn't think that much of the book either.

January's review of the day is Caroline Adderson's second novel, Sitting Practice.

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