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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Tuesday morning QB 

We lead off with Chris Lehmann's review of VERNON GOD LITTLE. He didn't like it. At all. Calling it a "teeth-grindingly feeble stab at satire and virtual random-search engine of potty humor." Wow, think that'll be on the blurb in the US trade paperback edition?

Brazilian author Rubem Fonseca is the winner of the 2003 Juan Rulfo Literature Prize. He received it from Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a ceremony held in Mexico a few days ago.

SF Said is the winner of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize for Children's Literature, the only prize voted on by school pupils. His win was for the age 6-8 division. Other winners are listed here.

Lynne Truss's EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES, a book about how to use grammar properly, has proven to be an unexpected success in the UK. The Guardian profiles the author and this new phenomenon.

The Globe and Mail gets on the Martin Amis promotional gravy train. So does the National Post. Why do I keep linking to all of these interviews when they pretty much say the same thing over and over again? Hell if I know.

Random House UK is doing some serious reshuffling, as they merge their fiction divisions into one greater whole. Whether this is good or bad remains to be seen....

Adapting books to film is an awfully hard endeavor, and most movies don't stay all that faithful to the book. Which authors are actually happy with the results, rather than cashing the cheque and pretending the movie version doesn't exist? USA Today finds out.

Newsday looks at REVOLVE magazine, the Cosmo-meets-Christian values glossy for girls.

John Le Carre is rather pessimistic about the state of the world, feeling that there is no room anymore for "optimistic novels" and that despair has set in. (Link from Maud.)

Jim Fusilli rounds up crime fiction for the Boston Globe, particuarly focusing on Pete Dexter's new novel TRAIN.

Finally, Timothy Noah of Slate provides us with the most sought-after feature at Amazon: its customer service number. Which happens to be 1-800-201-7575. (link from Moby.)

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