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One hundred and eight years ago today, the world welcomed Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seuss — legendary children’s book author, radical ideologist, lover of reading. Among his many creative feats is a fairly unknown, fairly scandalous one: In 1939, when Geisel left Vanguard for Random House, he had one condition for his new publisher, Bennett Cerf — that he would let Geisel do an “adult” book first. The result was The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family, which tells the story of nudist sisters who, after their father’s death, pledge not to wed until each of them has “brought to the light of the world some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man.”
Jonathan Franzen: SELL
Toni Morrison: HOLD
Philip Roth: BUY
Article mentions the Ransom Center at the University of Texas has started guessing which authors will have lasting historical import and then buying up their papers.
Maurice Sendak's Long History of Scaring Kids
The librarian's comment reveals the paradox of Maurice Sendak books: So often, children and adults disagree about them. She's on the defensive, her persnickety "we should not like" suggesting some standard of tact or dignity has been broached; meanwhile, the "sensitive" child is not terrified but enthralled, poring over the work with awe and wonder. It's not the child who feels threatened, but the adult.
Little, Brown is publish J K Rowling’s first novel for adults worldwide in the English language, both in print and e-books.
David Shelley, publisher, Little, Brown, will be Rowling’s editor and will be responsible for publication in the UK with Michael Pietsch, executive vice-president of Little, Brown and Company, responsible for publication in the US. The book will be published by Hachette in Australia and in New Zealand and by Hachette’s companies and normal appointed agents for the English language in other markets.
Author Publishes Book as Facebook Photo Album
Author Alex Epstein is releasing his latest collection of short stories as a Facebook photo album. For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings includes 88 pieces of ‘micro-fiction’ which have been saved as images in a Facebook photo album to create what he is calling a Facebook book.
Nancy Pearl, the famous librarian (and action figure!) who recently partnered with Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) to republish a handful of out-of-print titles each year, tells the New York Times and Seattle Times that based on the reaction she’s received it’s a “hard question” whether she’d do it again.
Amazon Publishing is launching Pearl’s line at a time when many in her community—independent booksellers, librarians and some authors—are very angry at Amazon for what they see as predatory business practices, relentless discounting and attacks on independent bookstores.
Full article at Paid Content.org
For nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens' colorful characters and memorable expressions have worked their way into the vernacular. The prolific 19th-century English novelist left behind 989 named characters and two dozen novels full of the pathos and comedy of London's rich and poor.
Full piece here.
Authors share how they deal with lousy reviews
Authors also know that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, which is why we develop coping mechanisms that we turn to when the reviews start rolling in. It's inevitable that even though your new release got four stars from RT Book Reviews and a starred review in Publishers Weekly, someone out there is going to poo all over it. And, yes, I speak from experience with my recent release, True Shot. That's why I asked several authors this question: How do you deal with bad reviews (we all get them!)? Chocolate? Alcohol? Shooting range?