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Thursday, March 11, 2004

Roundup time 

And we begin with George Pelecanos' new book HARD REVOLUTION, which is all over the place of late. It was only a matter of time before Janet Maslin got her hands on it. Does she like it? Of course she does! Evidently the accompanying CD is "a beaut" as well. Thing is, much as we know she adores his work, maybe after 3 rave reviews in a row, someone else ought to try him out. Michiko, perchance?

Meanwhile, Pelecanos talks more to USA TODAY about the impetus for the book, and how he tried very hard to keep things as authentic to the book's setting and time--DC in 1959-68--as he possibly could. And in a profile today at the Washington Post, Pelecanos sums up why he writes about DC in all its frailties and flaws: "I love this city." And the next book, his 13th, is already turned in. Look for DRAMA CITY in stores next year (but hey, Little Brown? Don't need to send out the ARCs so early. Make us wait. I'm sure it'll be worth it.)

So Martin Amis can't get a book deal in the US? Like Moorish Girl pointed out last night, are we really supposed to give a toss? Maybe it means that Andrew "Superagent Hated by All" Wylie really isn't as wide-reaching and influential an agent as he's cracked up to be. What's especially interesting is that the article was written by Hugo Lindgren, who has since defected to New York Magazine to be Adam Moss's minion over there

The five finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize in non-fiction have been announced. They include "Winnipeg-based writer Warren Cariou, Isabel Huggan, who resides in France, Ottawa's Gertrud Mackprang Baer and two Torontonians -- Margaret MacMillan and J. Edward Chamberlin. " The Globe and Mail has more information on the nominees.

Don Coles has published his first novel, DOCTOR BLOOM'S STORIES, at the ripe old age of 76. He's published 10 volumes of poetry, so why did he switch to the novel form now? The Globe and Mail attempts to answer this riddle.

Agent Peter Straus is always on the lookout for the next hot thing. And what was it? A children's book by Charmian Hussey, published by a small press in a print run so small booksellers wouldn't sell for less than a thousand pounds. Now Straus has taken Hussey on as a client and is shopping the book worldwide (first item.)

Tim Dorsey got another local review of his newest book, CADILLAC BEACH, but the Orlando Sentinel felt it was a "wildly uneven" tale.

With the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Movie inching ever closer to production, Alexander McCall Smith is getting a bit worried about who will be cast. He wants "a traditionally built lady, which means a substantially built lady, who is capable of getting across what it is to be a substantially built lady from Botswana." So I guess Whoopi Goldberg will be out of the running then....

Marian Keyes has come a long way since she was first published by an Irish publisher and trotting around London bookshops hoping booksellers would stock her books. Now she's moving past the "chick lit" genre that made her a bestseller, broadening her horizons. She speaks to The Bookseller about her latest career direction.

Jacqueline Wilson talks more about how she survived an 8 hour signing with 3,000 children waiting to meet her and get their books signed. Hurculean? Definitely.

Somali-born author Waras Dirie is recovering from injuries after a stalker attacked her in Vienna. She had just left her place in Cardiff the week before to get away from him, but unfortunately, it didn't seem to work. A bloody sad story.

And finally, Ed's on a freaking roll of late, but I'm not totally sure I needed to know all his states of deshabille. But nobody rants like he does. And thank god for that.

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