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 award, while "The Knife of Never Letting Go," by Patrick Ness, and "Filter House," by Nisi Shawl, tied for the Tiptree award.... Kazuo Ishiguro likens his new book of short stories to an album....The best picture books of all time count down has reached #17 (Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina....Genius children who write books now have a vanity press that will publish them....Readers rise in defense of online booksellers, plus Marc Fisher reports that Chapters may return to DC as a nonprofit (on purpose) bookseller....Literary snobbery becomes harder with a Kindle....Speaking of technology, it's ruining plot twists!... What do the grandchildren of the formidable AS Byatt call her? AS.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 27, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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The interview with A.S. Byatt was fascinating--ended up scrawling a number of excerpts into my Oxford Companion at the margins of Byatt's and Iris Murdoch's entries.

Posted by: lheffelkcrrcom | April 29, 2009 10:50 AM

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