Thursday, May 06, 2004

Spewing out the links 

It's pretty easy to figure out where I'll lead off, so I'll just get right to it: Dennis Lehane not only has a short story, "Until Gwen," in the new issue of the Atlantic Monthly, but he's interviewed there as well. And it's one of the better interviews with Lehane I've seen with a while, as he talks about the challenge of writing a short story in the second person POV (!), how writing MYSTIC RIVER changed things, and how crime novels fit into (or out of) the literary divide.

So THE RULE OF FOUR, the new HypeMonster (TM) thriller that's been getting a ton of press of late, is supposed to be a cleverer version of THE DA VINCI CODE? Granted, it wouldn't take much, but no matter--it causes Janet Maslin to go into near-palpitations, whcih is always, um, interesting.

A somewhat more cool article in the Times is Sharon Waxman's feature on the first volume of the Peanuts Compendium--which may not have been what Charles Schulz wanted, but boy, did fans demand it. Only 12 and a half more years till the last volume is out!

Uh oh---I'm not sure whose idea it was to assign Jonathan Yardley to review Steve Almond's CANDYFREAK, but let's just say the fit isn't exactly the best one.

How book events and prizes have changed. Once, authors could barely expect a free meal and a couple of drinks--now they are getting all-expenses-paid trips to Mauritius and staying in five-star-hotels to vie for literary prizes given out by said hotels. Very nice.

Animator Mike Joens has crossed over into the mystery genre with his debut novel AN ANIMATED DEATH IN BURBANK. He gets the review treatment from Animation World Magazine, and they give the book a thumbs-up.

William Lashner is the latest in a long line of lawyers-turned-legal thriller writers whose books are rocketing up the bestseller charts. The Philadelphia Inquirer catches up with its native son.

Irshad Manji, whose book about challenging the tenets of fundamentalist Islam has created a stir in her native Canada and the US, talks to the Independent, revealing that the book has, not surprisingly, led to death threats.

Simon Houpt at the Globe & Mail profiles Doug Pepper, the Canadian book editor who cut his teeth in New York publishing but is now returning to Toronto to take the editorial helm of McLelland & Stewart, one of the country's oldest and most storied publishers.

And finally, OK, I reckon the premise of CONFESSIONS OF A SLACKER MOM has some (read: a lot) of merit, but I'm just having trouble with the author's name. Muffy? Who the hell is named Muffy, except if they are a puppet on a kids' show who had the most deplorable habit of speaking in rhyme? Or living on the Upper East Side and starring in BERGDORF BLONDES?

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