Archive: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

The Speed Read

Scott Turow is writing a sequel to "Presumed Innocent"....Carolyn See does not like Paulo Coelho's new novel....Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! elevates biblical characters to superherodom....Meghan McCain has a book deal....Richard Wright gets a first-class stamp....Tim Parks revives Pinocchio.... The next book from Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

The trailer for the upcoming movie based on Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are runs longer than it takes to read the book. Can't imagine how director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers managed to pull off a whole movie....The inevitable spoof trailer, based on the beloved children's classic...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 8, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

People just can't stop talking about Jonathan Littell's Nazi-channeling novel, The Kindly Ones....A scholar picks his very favorite books of spells....Real-world romance down, book romances up....UNESCO is launching a world digital library....Scholars have discovered 23 blank pages believed to be a lost play by Samuel Beckett....William Zinsser writes about writing...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 8, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Killer Business

By the look of her, you'd think Helen Simpson was a harmless little old lady, but beware: She spends her days surrounded by murderers, spies and con artists. Not to mention those even more dangerous characters: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Simpson and her partner, Ed King, own Big Sleep...

By Ron Charles | April 8, 2009; 5:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Why good-looking authors have it made....A copy of Schindler's actual list has been found....A.L. Kennedy panics over proofs of her new story collection....Anne Matthews, author of Fugitive Pieces, won't compromise work or child-rearing so sacrifices sleep....Should Nabokov have translated Proust?...Virginia Lee Burton, author of Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 7, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheever Bio up for Grabs

I can't wait to read the recent biography by Blake Bailey, and not just because its subject, John Cheever, is one of my favorite writers. The book has received wildly divergent reviews, and I'm eager to see which side my opinion falls on. In Book World a few weeks ago,...

By Denny Drabelle | April 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

The world's oldest publisher--Cambridge University Press, founded by Henry VIII--is planning to cut more than 150 jobs.... Michelle Singletary recommends kids' books about money....An English town is naming its streets after places in Terry Pratchett's Discworld.... Michael Crichton's publisher will release two new novels from the late thriller writer, and...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 6, 2009; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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