Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Choice linkage 

This is the only time I'll link to an article about it because god knows there will be a truckload before the book is out: Bill Clinton's memoirs will be published in late June, and he'll be at Book Expo America in Chicago flogging the book. Sonny Mehta, Knopf's larger-than-life impresario, is editing Clinton's book, entitled "My Life." No doubt the major American papers will serialize the serious parts, while the UK tabloids will focus on the naughty bits.....

Before John Gregory Dunne passed on a few months back, he'd completed his final novel, which is out now. Michiko reviews it and finds it "gripping" and generally a fine novel of social commentary.

Whenever I read a book in translation, I always wonder how much of what I read is the author's voice and how much is due to the translator. Toshiki Taguchi, a Japanese translator who's worked on crime fiction, offers his take on the business for the Yomiuri Times.

Walter Mosley spoke to NPR's Cheryl Corley about his new book, THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT, and the themes he is trying to explore in his work.

The Times-Picayune are big fans of John Connolly's BAD MEN, commending the author for his gifted storytelling and his deft writing. Works for me.

CNN takes a look at John Lawton's new spy novel BLUFFING MR. CHURCHILL and is highly, very highly impressed, essentially saying this author can play with the big boys of espionage fiction.

And finally, USA Today has a long review and profile of Steve Almond's new non-fiction tome CANDYFREAK. The last word? Some of Almond's signings will have a tasting segment, "during which attendees can sample the sweets so thoroughly researched and lovingly described in Candyfreak." Oh crap, I'm going into sugar shock right this second....

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