Archive: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

The Speed Read

Man writes novel on cellphone, and people actually buy it. ... The New York Daily News spills the beans on two embargoed books: Elizabeth Edwards' memoir and an unauthorized biography of Alex Rodriguez. Naughty, naughty! ... Jeff Kinney, author of "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid," is one of Time...

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

Five Books That Teach the ABCs

If you are reading this, you've probably got a pretty solid grasp on your ABCs. But there's a younger demographic that needs to be initiated into the joys of the 26 letters. For that, we have the wonderfully named abecedarium. Here are the five that my family liked best: Dr....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 30, 2009; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

1 Millions Words! But Who's Counting?

I don't blame you for losing track, but today was supposed to be the day the English language reached 1 million words. For a few years now, Paul Payack of the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Tex., has been issuing these deadlines like a millennialist preacher predicting the end of...

By Ron Charles | April 29, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Speed Read

J.K. Rowling does NOT want to be digitized.... What Price Liberty? Any price you like, according to historian Ben Wilson, who is offering his e-book of the same title at pay-what-you-can prices.... Terry Pratchett, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for his young adult novel Nation, gives his acceptance...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 29, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

War Game

Yesterday I came across yet another forthcoming book about the Civil War: one on the 1864 Battle of the Crater. Though not one of the war's most decisive battles, it is certainly one of the most memorable, the crater in question being caused after the Union army spent weeks tunneling...

By Denny Drabelle | April 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Susan Boyle is shopping a book around, somewhat tardily, as she's been famous for what, two weeks now....Tom Robbins writes a children's book, about beer....Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!... Bob Dylan borrows from Walt Whitman, a great literary borrower himself....LA Times Festival of Books attendees take up graffiti to proclaim their...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 28, 2009; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Rich people get copies of Oscar Wilde's intimate letters....Life Magazine features an online photo gallery of Nabokov hunting butterflies....Eduardo Galeano, author of the book Chavez gave Obama, has a new book coming out, "an epic rewriting of history...in short, poignant vignettes."... Ursula K. Le Guin's novel "Powers" won the Nebula...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 27, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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