Thursday, November 13, 2003

News for the day 

HarperCollins UK is revamping Perennial, their paperback line. They'll be adding new content like author interviews, CVs, and additional information to "freshen up" the look.

100.000 copies of Madonna's new book will be given away to school teachers as a venture of the Scholastic Book Fair and Penguin, who publishes the book in the US. I guess the sell-through on that is pretty minimal....

Bernard-Henri Levy, most recently the author of WHO KILLED DANIEL PEARL? is interviewed by the Toronto Star. The book, recently translated into English, has sold 70,000 copies since its release.

Douglas Glover's ELLE won the Governor-General's Prize for Fiction yesterday, beating out Margaret Atwood, among others.

J.M. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for Literature. But the question is, will he show up? And if he does, will he attempt to be in the voice of his character, Elizabeth Costello?

And finally, Andrew Wood has written The Pigeon Conspiracy, an apocalyptic novel about what would happen if pigeons ruled the world. God, what a horrible, horrible thought. Pigeons are evil. When I first heard Tom Lehrer singing about Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, I cheered. I get close to a bunch of pigeons and they don't do anything. Nothing! Stupid buggers. Er, anyway, I think I might track this book down....

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