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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Wednesday tidbits 

A Brazilian court is about to rule whether the grandfather of Gabriel Garcia Marquez will get his military honors back and be promoted to general--sixty years after the man's death.

Bill Perrie is organizing an unusual task: a pub crawl all across Canada. "It should take about five months," the optimistic man says. The question is, how trashed will everyone be by the time they reach Vancouver?

John Cusack, Monica Bellucci, and Billy Bob Thornton will star in the movie version of Scott Phillips' THE ICE HARVEST. Harold Ramis will helm the movie, which is due to begin shooting in April.

Susan Shapiro, who interviewed five ex-boyfriends for her new memoir THE FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, is interviewed in today's Freep. The book's not chick lit by any means; according to Shapiro, it's meant to be "soul baring."

Myles Knapp rounds up the latest in "tripe fiction" (I swear, this label exists; check your nearby Canadian big-box bookstore for this), including Reed Arvin's THE LAST GOODBYE, for the Contra Costa Times.

What kind of genre is most popular with prisoners? Crime fiction, naturally, according to those who keep watch over the prison libraries. Especially popular are authors like John Grisham and Martina Cole. (registration required.)

The 2004 Kiriyama Prize for works in English with any relation to Pacific Rim subjects has been announced. In fiction, the nominees are Monica Ali, Peter Carey, Shirley Hazzard, Shan Sa, and Samrat Upadhyay. (link from the Literary Saloon, which has more extensive coverage of the matter.)

And finally, Mark links to a story about a lawyer who paid money to be in Elmore Leonard's newest book. This kind of thing is ridiculously common in the mystery world; for example, at last year's Bouchercon, they held an auction the second night of the convention, and by far the most popular items were "win a place in Author X's next book." I think someone paid like $12,000 to be in Lee Child's upcoming book, THE ENEMY. What's nice about this, though, is that in almost all cases, the money is donated to the charity of the author's choice, so they benefit greatly from these auctions.

Me, I didn't have to pay to be "Tuckerized" (as the saying goes.) Although in one case, I'm really still not sure how I ended up in the book....

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