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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

The morning roundup 

Faber & Faber is a distinguished publisher of many fine books, including this year's Booker Prize winning VERNON GOD LITTLE. But they make most of their dough off the royalties of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical CATS, and as those dwindle, they must find a way to recover.

It wasn't enough that Andrew Motion wrote a rap piece. Now he wants to find England's "greatest football chanter". The catch? No obscenities. That's like a game without any form of soccer hooliganism....

Tom Bower's BROKEN DREAMS is the winner of the William Hill Sports Prize.

Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin has recently published the third installment of her autobiography (she's only 41.) It's banned in her home country and in India because evidently some people got quite angry at how sexually explicit the book is, especially poet Syed Shamsul Haque.

Michiko finds the latest installment in Bruce Wagner's Hollywood Trilogy to be "an entertaining satire, but not as well-rounded as the preceding book." Chris Lehmann of the Washington Post Book World (also known as the Antic Husband) reviews the book as well.

Meanwhile, the Times also features a long profile of Thomas Eidson, the author of the book that has been turned into the movie "The Missing." The Boston Globe runs a similar profile as well.

The Independent enjoys Jane Juska's A ROUND-HEELED WOMAN; this book has been out a while in Canada, and struck me as a very honest portrayal of an older woman's emerging sexuality. I, too, hope we hear more from the author.

Hot on the heels of the Globe & Mail's profile, the Toronto Star interviews Audrey Niffenegger.

Both authors and readers agree: Tim Winton is Australia's favorite author this year.

Terry D'Auray at Trashotron looks at several crime novels with gay themes or protagonists, including the books of Joseph Hansen and Michael Nava.

Finally, Oline Cogdill's mystery column takes a look at Don Bruns' new Florida-set novel, Barbados Heat.

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