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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Tuesday Morning QB  

Kate Elton, who had been associate publisher of the Century imprint of Random House UK, has been promoted to publishing director of Arrow, the company's mass market imprint. She will still, however, keep editing her Century authors, including LIKE A CHARM editrix Karin Slaughter, even as she takes on the added duties.

Anna Blundy is a foreign correspondent who has turned to writing crime thrillers, the first of which, THE BAD NEWS BIBLE, is out now from Headline. She talks to the Evening Standard about how her father's death was a huge influence on the subject matter she tackles in the new book. I'm intrigued because it's set in Jerusalem and wonder how she'll portray the city from a journalist's point of view.

Helga Schneider's mother abandoned her as a child, and the writer always wondered why. Then, in a reunion decades later, she found out the horrible truth: her mother had been a Nazi guard and relished what she did.

Whoopi Goldberg, children's author? Oy gevalt, but it seems to be true as Hyperion has just signed her up for their African-American specialty imprint Jump a the Sun.

Speaking of children's icons, a French author is taking on Disney, accusing the company of ripping off his character, a friendly clown fish named Pierrot, for last year's huge hit FINDING NEMO. Oooh, taking on the Mouse House....I wish him luck.

Michiko raves about Ana Menendez's LOVING CHE, deeming it "an elliptical and finely nuanced meditation on the mysteries of memory and identity." Cool.

Chris Lehmann finds Hanif Kureshi's slim novelette THE BODY to be somewhat wanting in its exploration of the physical human condition (and then plugs the "far better" THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI, which he reviewed a week or so ago.)

David Montgomery of Mystery Ink fame reviews James Carlos Blake's HANDSOME HARRY for USA TODAY, calling it a "smooth, entertaining read."

Alexander McCall Smith, of #1 Ladies Detective Agency Fame, recently hosted an auction of first editions of some of his books to benefit Zimbabwe charities. He raised over 2000 pounds--not a bad sum at all.

Can someone please tell me why any and all articles about Kyle Smith's LOVE MONKEY must feature Scott Mebus's BOOTY NOMAD? This article's the third one in a row, and it's getting kind of ridiculous. I mean, hello? Are they trying to tell us something? Are they Siamese twins or an Ambiguously Gay Duo? I must be enlightened. (link from Maud and Emma.)

Clive Cussler is pissed about the upcoming movie "adaptation" of one of his Dirk Pitt novels. Dude? Just take the money and run like hell; they'll never get the movie to be like the books.....

Sarah Dunant offers up her top ten books on Renaissance Italy, the setting for her newest novel, THE BIRTH OF VENUS.

Lev Raphael really, really likes Daniel Silva's newest novel, calling it "masterful" and a thriller that's "more than entertainment."

Babs Deal, the author of more than a dozen mystery novels (and nominated for an Edgar) has died at the age of 74. (News first seen at Jiro's site.)

Erik Larson is in Michigan to promote the paperback edition of the Edgar-nominated DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, and speaks to the Ann Arbor News about the book.

And finally, dead people do tell tales: Hyperion plans to publish two new books by Mister Rogers. Maybe they'll finally reveal his secret of how he tied his shoes so damned fast! (link from Bookninja.)

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