Archive: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot: The Financial Crisis and Sarah Palin

Two topics seem to be very hot in the publishing industry right now: the financial crisis and Sarah Palin. Let's start with the financial crisis. It's been bad news for many people, but maybe not entirely bad for Alan Greenspan: His book, The Age of Turbulence, has popped back onto...

By Alan Cooperman | September 26, 2008; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five Novels That Treat People With Special Needs With Respect

My older daughter has cerebral palsy, and living with her over the past 19 years has given me a sensitive gag reflex for the way people with special needs are portrayed in Hollywood movies. Novelists -- not surprisingly -- handle these characters with considerably more depth and complexity. Here's a...

By Ron Charles | September 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

So Many Titles, So Little Space

You would think that any author who has labored so mightily as to bring forth a book ought to noticed by The Washington Post. Alas, that's impossible: Book World receives hundreds of books and bound galleys (the rough, junior versions of the ultimate products) per week, and we have a...

By Ron Charles | September 24, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Markets Down, Library Cards Up

Will our economy survive the current meltdown? Like soothsayers reading entrails, reporters and analysts cite all sorts of indicators -- job growth, retail sales, consumer confidence, etc., to predict whether we'll all be living like hobos this time next week. (Is it time to panic when the government's website on...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | September 23, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Did Books Get Oprah-ed Before Oprah?

Oprah's choice of David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," announced just this past Friday, got me thinking about how mega-bestsellers used to be made before Oprah was Oprah. (Reality check: "Edgar Sawtelle" was already on most bestseller lists before Oprah turned her wand on it. Somehow, it's a lot...

By Marie Arana | September 22, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (5)


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