Monday, December 01, 2003

Evening roundup 

Originally this was slated for mid-morning. However I did not take into account the fact that it's rather hard to do regular updates when your pupils are horribly dilated (ironic that I was far-sighted for several hours when the eye doctor deemed my vision "near-perfect" and my eyes "healthy." It does seem weird to be one of the few souls who does not have to wear glasses, at least for a few more years yet.)

In any case, I opened up my local paper and found Dennis Lehane staring back at me. A welcome sight as he posed in a Vancouver-area bookshop. The interview was fairly standard, though informative as well.

La Maslin is proving rather prolific in the reviewing department this week, having magically answered my call to review something more worthwhile than James Patterson's latest tome. This time she sets her sights on THE MURDER ROOM, P.D. James' newest Adam Dalgliesh adventure.

The Glasgow Herald presents a long feature asking authors for their best books of the year. The Evening Standard does as well.

What's the party type du jour amongst the tony Washingtonian set? Why, the book launch, of course. A chance to hobnob with the upper echelons of politics, media, and book publishing. It's important to buy a book or two, of course. The only problem from a publishing standpoint is that these bashes don't exactly sell a lot of books. Simple correlation: the amount of free booke is inversely correlated with the number of books sold. Remember that for future reference... (link from Publisher's Lunch.)

Kinky Friedman has decided to run for governor of Texas. Frankly, he's got a hell of a good chance to pull it off. He's certainly one of the more unique candidates going....

The latest issue of Holt Uncensored looks at how a new deal signed by President Bush would expand media ownership, allow for more mergers, and generally be bad news for publishing. There's also a transcript of Nicki Leone's audio editorial explaining her position on Stephen King's NBA achievement. Yes, we're already sick of the subject, but Leone has an interesting viewpoint that makes enough sense to me, even if I don't necessarily agree with her position.

The SF Chronicle interviews author Victor LaValle, who seems to specialize in "oddball African-American fiction."

And finally, after reading this particular story, all I have to add is: try saying that man's new name three times fast.

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