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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Tuesday news 

#1 on the bestseller list in China is David Beckham's autobiography. It's all part of a trend, as imported bestsellers are now doing big business in that country.

To celebrate its own milestone of 100 million books in print, The Guinness World Book of Records is hosting events around the world today, including a gathering of 500 children in New York City for an attempted record-breaking "simultaneous balloon pop."

The BBC really isn't good at playing by the rules, are they. Looks like the brouhaha about re-enacting THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is really biting them in the ass, as Salinger and his agents are exploring the possibility of a lawsuit.

Booksense and The History Channel find they are a natural fit, and are working together on retrospectives of JFK Jr.

January Magazine features a favorable review of Stewart O'Nan's new novel.

Michiko reviews Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first volume of memoirs--and actually likes them. She's capable of it, but sometimes I forget.

Mark Timlin rounds up crime fiction for the Independent on Sunday. Not bad but I do wish he'd lay off the attempt at misogyny, as evident in the opening line of his review of the Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb Hybrid REMEMBER WHEN:

After one for the men (and boys), here's a book definitely aimed at women, which is probably why it left me cold.

I mean, give me a break here. If you don't like it because the writing's bad or you have issues with plot or substance, fine. But that it's aimed at women? Blergh.

Neal Pollack responds to his "takedown" by David Kamp of the New York Times. I'm sure the tape he mentions will show up on the web at any moment now. (link from Moby.)

Finally, because I don't mention it enough here, I present a collection of photos taken at Bouchercon by paparazzi to the crime stars, Ali Karim. This one may be my favorite, and then there's Ian Rankin holding a paper airplane.

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