Thursday, April 01, 2004

Around the horn 

CanWest Global, the conglomerate responsible for Global TV and other things that the late great Izzy Asper decided to acquire during his life, is going into book publishing. Although CanWest has published books in the past, now they are really organizing a publishing unit for real, I guess.

USA Today has launched a searchable database of bestseller lists going back ten years. The geek in me is very happy about this.

The auctions have ended, and all sorts of folks have bought the right to have their name as a character in books by Maeve Binchy, Phillip Pullman, and many more, to benefit torture victims.

Late but interesting: the Seattle Times reviewed two first novels by Panos Karnezis and Clare Dudman, and Aaron Hamburger's short story collection. Diversity? You bet, and each is deemed very worthy of the paper's attention.

Another new review of HARD REVOLUTION, but this one's from England, and written by noir afficionado John Harvey. He basically calls this book Pelecanos's best one yet, certainly "his most satisfying one so far." I'm not inclined to disagree, really...

When a bill went before Canadian Parliament to merge the National Archives with the National Library of Canada, the folks who drafted it managed to slip in a clause that would extend copyright protection of unpublished works for authors born between 1930 and 1949, called the "Lucy Maud," (Montgomery, who died in 1942.) But when Jean Chretien left office, a bunch of bills were tabled, including this one. Is the copyright provision dead in the water? The Globe and Mail attempts to find out.

Hey wait a minute, why is someone writing a Babe Ruth biography when Robert Creamer did it so well 30 years ago? But Jim Reisler's new book focuses on one year--1920, when he uncorked 54 home runs, a record by a long shot. Jonathan Yardley reviews Reisler's book and finds it an interesting appendix to Creamer's definitive account of the baseball legend.

Denise Hamilton, the author of the LA-based Eve Diamond novels, was recently interviewed on NPR to talk about her books and where she fits in with the tradition of LA crime fiction stretching back to those usual guys (you know, Chandler etc.)

And finally, wtf? Polling people on who Tom Cruise's next partner should be, let alone picking Nicole Kidman as the top candidate? God, people are weird. Or just not with-it on some things.

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