Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Tuesday Snippets 

The top story has to be that of Howard Rotberg, who was conducing a booksigning at the Kitchener, ON Indigo bookstore when a Palistinian and a Kurdish national rushed into the shop and started shouting epithets at him. The author of THE SECOND CATASTROPHE was understandably furious, and it looks like events in Toronto will be cancelled.

Murder on the Beach, which moved locations from Ft. Lauderdale to Delray Beach about a year and a half ago, is profiled in the Palm Beach Post. It illuminates how difficult it is to run a bookshop, which is something any prospective owner should keep in mind, because it almost never moves further than a labor of love...

I don't know what's more impressive--that Martin Clark has had a couple of novels published by the age of 44, or that he's been a judge for ELEVEN years in his native Florida. The Floridian profiles this overachiever.

The Associated Press takes a look at C.J. Box, whose Joe Pickett mysteries are picking up quite the following since the first, OPEN SEASON, was nominated for a slew of awards back in 2001. The fourth installment, TROPHY HUNT, will be out next month.

The hype for Harrogate has just begun--at least locally, where they give a nice rundown on who's going to be at the summer crime fiction festival and what to expect.

Newsday interviews E.L. Doctorow, who's just out with his first collection of short stories in over 20 years.

Brian Castro is the winner of the NSW Literary Prize, a mere 2 years after losing out hope his book, SHANGHAI DANCING, would ever find a publisher.

Oh bloody hell--do we really need another historical novel about Jane Austen? Even if this one's mostly about her complex relationship with her sister Cassandra, who had the temerity to burn Jane's letters after her death. Though honestly, I kind of doubt anyone was thinking about posterity at the time, let alone that Austen would be beloved by some 200-odd years later...

Dean Koontz, the horror-meister who has never publicly answered for the mysterious reappearance of his hair, answers questions at ABCNews.com.

I'm a little confused--I thought TROLL: A LOVE STORY came out last year? Or perhaps the original-language version did, but no matter, Chris Lehmann reviews it and likes it quite a lot.

Writing a children's book? Think you're award-worthy? Then go enter the Smarties Book Prize, which will award a host of prizes to the best in children's lit for many ages. Further information here.

And finally, I'm only linking to this article about a man's quest to find out who's really selling BEING JORDAN for the hilarious idea that Hatchards would even touch this book with any kind of pole, let alone a ten-foot-one.

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