The Speed Read

If Oprah cancels a segment on a book, will that hurt the book? Last Monday Oprah decided not to run a piece on Columbine by Dave Cullen, and yet the book has made it on to the New York Times bestseller list and is at #12 on our list. The Post's review of the book will run this Sunday in Outlook....Bruce Bartlett sells his own books....Forget the oldest book; a librarian at Oxford University has unearthed the oldest known book jacket....To celebrate Vladimir Nabokov's birthday yesterday, the New Republic assembled several reviews that the great Russian author wrote for the magazine....The Elegant Variation subjects Daniyal Mueenuddin to a three-minute interview about his book, Other Rooms, Other Wonders....Remember these literary lights who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction? Neither does anyone else....The Espresso Book Machine prints books while u wait....A bookstore owned by the Mormon church is pulling the Twilight books, by Mormon author Stephenie Meyer, from its shelves....Lots of poets died yesterday, including Shakespeare....James Wood is on to Ian McEwan's tricks.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 24, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
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