Friday, January 30, 2004

Friday roundup 

It'll still be brief and mostly crime-fiction related, as I have much catching up to do...

Janet, Janet, Janet. If you're going to read trash and airport books, at least read good ones. Sometimes you just have to yell at your editor or something to make things right.

And for those looking for an alternative magazine that reviews overlooked and other obscure gems, look no further than Slightly Foxed Quarterly, which will launch on 11 March.

The Independent interviews Janette Turner Hospital about subjects that informed her latest book, DUE PREPARATIONS FOR THE PLAGUE--faith, God, and September 11.

Lawrence Block will be the latest recipient of the CWA's Diamond Dagger Award, which will be given to him in London on May 12 after he winds up a massively long book tour for his next novel, THE BURGLAR ON THE PROWL. I know I'm not the only one who thinks it's great news, so congratulations on the honor, Larry.

Massive catch-up on Oline Cogdill's mystery columns: coming up is her review of Walter Mosley's THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT, which she finds wanting compared to his earlier crime novels. Earlier reviews include the latest by PJ Parrish and Jeffery Deaver, as well as books by Dean Koontz, Jerrilyn Farmer and GH Ephron.

Asking Steven Bochco, recently the author of DEATH BY HOLLYWOOD, about sex seems like an odd fit, but somehow, the Sydney Morning Herald deemed it necessary. (link from Ed, who's doing the roundup thing this morning much better than I am.)

Friend and regular commenter James R. Winter will be among the published: he just inked a three year deal with Quiet Storm Publishing for his Nick Kepler PI series. Congratulations, Jim! Sorry to get to the news so late.

And finally, congratulations to Otto Penzler, who we understand has set a date for his wedding, which will take place in early May.

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