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Thursday, January 08, 2004

Suppertime snippets 

The SF Chronicle features six Bay Area mystery writers in a long feature published today. Included in the roundup are Marcia Muller, Ayelet Waldman, Cara Black and Jacqueline Winspear. (link from Mark.)

Also at the Chronicle is a lengthy feature on Joan Didion talking about her ties to California, her latest book, and New Year's resolutions. The story, incidentally, was filed before the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne.

The Boswell company has reigned supreme in Cocoran, CA for decades. They practically own the town, running a major business, the newspaper, and much more. It all started with Col. J. G. Boswell, a man who ventured West to make his fortune in cotton. A biography critical of Boswell and the company was published last fall, and has sold well in various Cali towns: except Corcoran. Guess they aren't so keen on their original benefactor getting dissed....

Latest reviews at the Independent: Graham Caveney gives THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE a glowing rave; Aamer Hussein feels similarly about THE NAMESAKE; and Jane Jakeman examines two instances of Roman historical fiction (a subgenre I'm fond of but don't read enough of, alas)

Publishing News presents their longlist of the 25 most influential people in publishing. Cast your vote for the winner.

Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin novels are a huge success around the world, and as of this year, are available in English. MURDER ON THE LEVIATHAN is the second to be translated, and Akunin speaks about that, and the series in general, at the Bookseller.

And finally, a little poetry, courtesy of crime fiction genius Donna Moore ("a born writer"---Alexander McCall Smith)

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