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Monday, March 15, 2004

The Ides of March 

Which brings to mind my favorite quote about it: "I told him, Julie, don't go!" But I'll save any rhapsodizing about that particular sketch for another time, perhaps, and just go straight into the usual pile o' linkage:

And what's really, really hot right now? Japan, actually, as fans are clamoring for Japanese authors to be translated into English. The New York Times takes a look at two publishing companies, Vertical and Kondasha, that specialize in this subgenre.

This year's Book Expo America will be held in Chicago, but after that, it's going back to New York. And it looks like it'll be staged in New York every other year from now on, based on the smashing success of the 2002 BEA. Hmm, maybe one of these years I'll actually get to attend, and New York works pretty well (though Javits is kind of evil and cavernous, but hey, it is tailor-made for trade shows.)

Add Clive Woodall to the list of those who "struck it rich" based on one novel. His children's book ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY has nabbed a $1M film deal from Disney, and now he can cut down on his working hours as a supermarket manager. Dude, I'd just quit the freakin' day job as soon as you possibly can.

Canongate Publisher Jamie Byng has been listed as one of the UK's most Influential Men Under 40, according to the Scotsman. Influential, certainly, but how about controversial? He's certainly that as well...

The achievements of women in publishing will finally be recognized in prize form. According to the Bookseller, "The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, worth £3,000, will be awarded biennially to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in any area of book publishing in the UK."

Patrick Anderson is quite keen on George Pelecanos' HARD REVOLUTION but does point out a salient fact, that many readers might shy away from Pelecanos's oeuvre because it's violent, drenched in soul music, and "takes racism for granted." Sure, they are not easy reads, but Anderson's final paragraph really pushes the bottom line across incredibly well:

But no one who lives in this city and reads fiction and cares about the world we live in can afford not to read these books. They are reports from front lines that are only a few miles away, unblinking looks at a reality that is all around us, that perhaps we think we have known for years, and yet most often we have never really known at all.

Lev Raphael is back with his mystery roundup for the Freep, and the verdict: so-so on the newest Kinky Friedman, mostly positive for the new Robert B. Parker, and a bigtime rave for Laurie King's THE GAME.

With St. Paddy's Day around the corner, Katherine Powers of the Boston Globe takes the time to expound on the virtues of Flann O'Brien. I have one of his books in the TBR pile (thanks, Jen!) and hope to get around to it soon, once I'm finished with those pesky review copies to read.

Mark Haddon is interviewed by the Canadian Press about, well, the usual stuff, really. He's still amazed by the success and acclaim of CURIOUS INCIDENT and talks a bit about his next project.

Elmer Kelton is one of the few writers who specializes in Westerns in the throwback-y sense, and the Denver Post really likes his latest one, VENDETTA.

Yesterday I linked to Dan Rhodes' tribute to Patrick Hamilton; now Laurie Thompson offers up a similiarly glowing tribute to the WWII-era English author in the Independent.

Wait, hold on a minute--didn't we have this fight last year with Fox News and Al Franken? Just replace "Fair and Balanced" with "Stupid White Men" and Fox News with HarperCollins and well, you get the drift....

And finally, Lauren Henderson goes to the hairdresser and emerges....with straightened hair? Hah? Is she gonna keep it? I wonder if we'll see the fruits of her labors in the next author photograph....

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