Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Links, links, baby, just the links 

And oh, where to start? Well, why not with the author of my favorite book this year, Eoin McNamee? Not only did he have a very compelling essay about blending fact and fiction (as demonstrated in David Peace's polarizing GB84) in last week's Guardian, but both the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Yomiuri gave THE ULTRAS some seriously positive platitudes.

Caroline Adderson, the author of SITTING PRACTICE, has won the Ethel Wilson Prize, given to the best work of fiction by a British Columbia writer.

Noah Richler, in Sunday's Toronto Star, uses his review of Miriam Toews' new book (which he enjoyed) as a means of ripping into Ryan Bigge's article in the National Post some days back about how much of a crying shame it is that there are no Young Turks taking on the CanLit establishment. Well, some youngsters aren't very good at imagining how they could ever get old. Me, I figure if I have to suffer a few wrinkles and jowls to gain some well-needed wisdom, I'm probably coming out ahead...

Also in that edition of the Star was Jack Batten's newest crime column, offering up a double dose of Dortmunder with the short story collection THIEVES' DOZEN and the new novel THE ROAD TO RUIN.

I wouldn't normally link to anything remotely involving Plum Sykes because god knows the saturation point was reached ages ago, but god, this "profile" in the Sunday Telegraph was freakin' hilarious. The headline--"Bergdorf Bitch"--pretty much says it all. (First seen on Gawker.)

I'm really just pointing people to this review for the headline on the main books page of USA TODAY: "A Finnish, gay version of 'The Hobbit?" As it happens, the review was written by Ellen Hetzel, one of the notorious Book Babes.

William Boot of the Bookseller isn't terribly impressed with Penguin's new venture Good Booking, designed to tempt 16-30something males back to reading books by foisting "cool fiction" upon them. Based upon the website, which is so hyperactive that it actually gyrates, I'm inclined to agree....

Dennis Lehane was in the Pittsburgh area last week to speak at Carnegie Mellon University. If you missed him, chances are this interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review done prior to his talk will fill in some gaps.

I managed to miss Dick Adler's roundup of mysteries in Sunday's Chicago Tribune yesterday, but have rectified the mistake today. In it, he looks at new books by John Shannon, Kathryn Wall, Richard Barre, Rick Riordan, and Terrill Lankford.

Rick Kleffel delivers on the long-awaited second half of his report on February's Left Coast Crime Convention. Especially fascinating is his experience at an unusual panel that talked the audience through all the processes involved in getting a book in print, as viewed through the prism of hotshot writer Blake Crouch.

The Famous Five are coming back--thanks to the work of Chorion, the publishing company that recently bought Enid Blyton's catalogue. The beloved children's series will be relaunched with a strong marketing initiative and TV plans, too.

And finally, the Independent on Sunday asked members of some of the country's best-known football clubs to list their favorite books as part of an ongoing literacy project. Wonder if anyone from Real Madrid will take part in the next survey--or perhaps nothing that's longer than a text message would make the cut in that case....

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