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Charles Davis writes \"A notebook of \'lost\' poems and jottings by Philip Larkin has emerged in
his home town of Hull after reportedly being saved from the rubbish tip
by an attentive furniture worker.
Although volunteers from the Larkin Society, which guards the memory of the poet, meticulously cleared his home of work, the red A5 volume is
said to have been acquired from the company sent to take his furniture to the dump.
Full story at
The Independent \"
The IHT has a Look At print on demand services for aspiring authors.
They say in the same way that the home computer gave users the ability to create a document that looked good, even if it didn\'t necessarily read well, print-on-demand services now enable people to publish a book with ease, regardless of whether anyone else would want to read it.
James Nimmo pointed to This One on the American Christian Romance Writers convention. They say when it comes to expressing their feelings, members of the ACRW are more concerned with prayers than affairs. After the predictable round of speakers and workshops, the two-day conference will close with a brief religious service.
SomeOne writes \"Jorge Ramos, Univision anchorman, is on tour and the only stop at a library was at Dallas Public. Latinos came out by the droves to see him promote his latest book about his own personal version of the American Dream. Mr. Ramos drew a crowd that packed the room like sardines with the overflow sandwiched from the hall to the elevator! Kudos to Dallas Public for inviting him but to everyone who was breathing under the armpit of the person next to him we would have preferred to have had the book signing in the larger auditorium. Again the Hispanic presence and influence in this country has been underestimated. \"
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2002. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2002 is awarded to the Hungarian writer Imre Kertész.
\"The refusal to compromise in Kertész’s stance can be perceived clearly in his style, which is reminiscent of a thickset hawthorn hedge, dense and thorny for unsuspecting visitors. But he relieves his readers of the burden of compulsory emotions and inspires a singular freedom of thought.\"
Instead of going with a mainstream publisher, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers is self-publishing his first novel through his McSweeney\'s imprint. You Shall Know Our Velocity is available from mcsweeneys.net and will also be sold by indy bookstores. The Chicago Tribune has an article (free registration required), which also mentions that Eggers will be doing appearances with They Might Be Giants, reading from his book between TMBG songs.
Jen Young sent over This NYTimes Story that says according to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them. The author, Joseph Epstein, says \"Save the typing, save the trees, save the high tax on your own vanity. Don\'t write that book, my advice is, don\'t even think about it. Keep it inside you, where it belongs.
Jen Young points to This NYTimes Obit on Joseph Nathan Kane, whose lifelong obsession with facts led him to write exhaustive reference works that cataloged such things as the nicknames of presidents, when the first Eskimo Pie was created (1922), when the first camels were brought to America (1721) and the precise patent number of the first safety pin in the United States, died on Sunday.
He was 103 and until a few years ago lived not far from where he was born as the 19th century ended, on the West Side of Manhattan.