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 one is about pirates!... Miriam Toews, author of The Flying Troutmans, stars in a movie about Mexican Mennonites....Shakespeare was wrong: A rose by any other name does not smell as sweet....President Obama wins a British book award....The 85-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt is publishing a naughty novel....Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a youthful 82, plans to keep writing, despite rumors to the contrary....Peyton and Eli Manning, along with their father Arthur, are writing a kids' book called Family Huddle....and Alexander McCall Smith writes about reader power.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 6, 2009; 6:39 AM ET
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Thanks for the easily-accessible and interesting fare. Enjoyed several but will limit comments to one:

I think we all admire Alexander McCall Smith's vast industriousness (been listening to his stories on CD for some time and am currently enjoying the new HBO series). I thought his "reader power" essay both a lot of fun and insightful.

Posted by: lheffelkcrrcom | April 6, 2009 3:24 PM

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