Sunday, March 21, 2004

And even more update 

George Pelecanos continues to be covered extensively in the news. ">He's interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about all the usual stuff that reporters are supposed to ask authors when they show up in town, and Robin Vidimos of the Denver Post follows suit with another glowing review.

David Montgomery reviews David Liss's A SPECTACLE OF CORRUPTION for the Boston Globe. He's rather dazzled by the sequel to Liss's Edgar award winning A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER. Also at the Globe is James Sallis' profile of Joe R. Lansdale and his eclectic career, which continues with his new book SUNSET AND SAWDUST.

Speaking of Liss, he's interviewed in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the new book and about how his own Jewish heritage informed the writing of his novels, along with his history background.

Simon Winchester is interviewed in the SF Chronicle about his fascination with earthquakes. He's in San Francisco to teach and to research the 1906 earthquake--no doubt for a book that will be published commemorating the quake's centenary in a couple years' time. Also at the chronicle is a lukewarm review of Ali Smith's newly released short story collection THE WHOLE STORY AND OTHER STORIES (which has been out in the UK for well over a year), another rave for Sarah Dunant's THE BIRTH OF VENUS, and Christine Thomas isn't exactly fawning over Landsdale's latest, saying "it fails to engender sympathy for any character, let alone an impetus to consider their experience, flaws or the late-starting mystery the plot eventually perches upon." Ouch.

John Orr rounds up some new crime fiction releases for the San Jose Mercury, but more interestingly, reveals that Martin Cruz Smith is writing another Arkady Renko novel at the moment, which will take him back to Moscow and deal with the Chernobyl disaster in some way. Hmm.

Romance writer Melanie Craft is better known for being the wife of high-tech mogul Larry Ellison. The Chronicle follows her for an entire day, looking at her writing patterns, ordinary things and oh yeah, being Mrs. Larry Ellison. Can't forget that.

Henry Kisor rounds up what's ahead for "Baseball Lit"--and believe me, there are plenty of offerings on that list.

And finally, publishers are realizing that some books have broad based and crossover appeal. That's why Harcourt is reissuing Yann Martel's THE LIFE OF PI in a trendy children's book format--and making it six dollars cheaper. Judy Stoffman looks at this new trend for the Canadian Press.

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