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Thursday, January 15, 2004

A slow Thursday 

So far, so slow, but here's a few choice cuts:

Hot on the heels of his security issues in India, Salman Rushdie's getting involved in moviemaking. He'll pen the screenplay to "The Firebird's Nest", which will look at a middle-aged writer's romance with a much younger woman. Guess who's playing the leading lady? Padma Lakshi...Rushdie's much-younger girlfriend. And it's not based on his real life? Uh-huh.

And according to Mark, seems Rushdie's India trip was research for his upcoming novel, though it won't be ready for a couple more years yet.

Toby Clements of the Independent calls Matthew Pearl's THE DANTE CLUB "an unusually arresting piece of crime fiction." Ian Thomson likes the book quite a lot as well.

Whitney Pastorek reviews Colin Harrison's THE HAVANA ROOM, a thriller that's been getting a heap of buzz as well. Although, as Maud points out, it's the kind of book that really only works in New York, it works awfully well.

A little late is Oline Cogdill's latest crime column; a nice review of Charles Todd's standalone THE MURDER STONE, a look at the Dick Francis Companion, and a thumbs-up for Denise Swanson's PBO.

Why are people so fascinated by the Romantic Era? Byron, Shelley, Keats--living fast, dying young. You know, kind of like rock stars. But such fascination isn't likely to go away soon--in fact, it's multiplying.

In aping the well-known and well-regarded Edinburgh Fringe festival, a group of Scottish authors are getting together to organize the Edinburgh Book Fringe Festival, to be slated for this summer. It's designed to promote lesser-known Scottish authors. Works for me.

And finally, what's the secret to finding a husband? According to Australian author Rachel Greenwald, it takes some careful planning, increased activity and oh yeah, a really good push-up bra.

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