Picking Literary Stocks

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.

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Fisherman becomes author at 98

Jim Henry is going to be featured in People magazine. More details about Mr. Henry and his book at EarlyWord - 98-year-old Debut Author Featured in PEOPLE

Maurice Sendak's Long History of Scaring Kids

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 to publish J K Rowling's first adult novel

Little, Brown to publish J K Rowling's first adult novel

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 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.

An Open Letter (and a Challenge) to Jonathan Franzen

Open letter from Diesel ebooks in response to Mr. Franzen’s recent comments as reported by The Telegraph.

Beloved Librarian Who Signed With Amazon: ‘The Vehemence Surprised Me’

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.

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Dickens At 200: A Birthday You Can't 'Bah Humbug'

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 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?

New Book, Unpacking My Library, Checks Out Writers and Their Book Collections

In Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (Yale, $20), a new collection of photographs and interviews, editor Leah Price asks 13 authors, including three couples, about the books and bookcases in their homes.

Author Philip Pullman says that when moving into a new house eight years ago, "we thought that at last we'd have room for all our books. No chance!"

Rebecca Goldstein (Properties of Light: A Novel) and Stephen Pinker (The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined) share floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that consist of a matrix of white tubes.

"They make it easy to categorize and find books," Pinker says, "and they do away with the need for those awful things called bookends."

Stephen Carter (The Emperor of Ocean Park) says he's not troubled that his books are not, for the most part, arranged as in a library. ("How dull to have everything at one's fingertips!" he says.)

Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) says he's constantly arranging and rearranging his books — sometimes by "alphabetical absolution" and, at times, according to the "imperatives of genre, subject, size, color." On his shelves, Beckett stands next to Bellow, but The Phantom Tollboth, the children's classic by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, is next to Kafka.

Each writer featured in Unpacking My Library was asked to list the top 10 books on his or her bookshelves. -- Read More

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