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For Sale: Short Stories for the Long Ride Home

"...it is in the grand tradition that a small, friendly 27-year-old woman named Adrian Brune set up shop about two months ago to sell her wares at Times Square. Her "shop" is a very common one for subway commerce, consisting of a small cardboard box, behind which she sits with her back against the wall. But what differentiates Ms. Brune from her competitors are her unique handmade products, advertised in a hand-lettered sign on the sides of the box."

"Writer w/ good short stories for sale: $2 each," it says, adding in parentheses, "Masters from Columbia; bad economy."

"In other words, Ms. Brune is a player in what the writer Terry Southern once called the "quality lit game," but instead of trying to sell her work through publishers, she has decided to go right to the reading public. This would be a brave decision, if it were one she made herself. In actual fact, she says, it was made for her by the publishers." (from The New York Times)

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In Gold Ink on a Chip, the World's Tiniest Book

"To the naked eye, it looks like a fleck of tile decorated with the Greek letters alpha and omega. But when it is magnified by a factor of 600, its true nature becomes evident — the world's most portable copy of the New Testament. According to the latest version of Guinness Book of World Records, the five-millimeter-square tablet is the smallest reproduction yet of a printed book."

"It was created in 2001 by two scientists in the field of object recognition, Pawan Sinha and Pamela R. Lipson, both 36 years old and husband and wife, who call it a tool for archiving and authentication. Mr. Sinha is an assistant professor of visual neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ms. Lipson is a founder of Imagen Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that develops image analysis software." (from The New York Times)

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City Lights Bookstore celebrates 50th anniversary

SomeOne writes "City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, a haven for the Beats and the literature-loving successors, celebrates its 50th anniversary. "What we choose are not the bestsellers bu the books that we think should be the bestsellers," says Nancy J. Peters, co-owner with Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Here's The Story

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The Lord of the Rings Will Be Adapted as a Musical

"The stunning success of the feature film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has prompted London stage producers Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz to bring the epic fantasy to the stage as a musical. The two are developing an £8 million production; Shaun McKenna is writing the book and lyrics, while Stephen Keeling pens the music. "Our objective is to create an inclusive piece of theater to satisfy theatergoers and Tolkien fans alike," Wallace said. "It’s wonderful material which gives us the chance to pull out all the stops." The Lord of the Rings is scheduled to make its musical debut in 2005 to coincide with the title’s 50th anniversary." (from Library Journal)

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AOL to hang onto books

AOL Time Warner Inc. has decided to not sell its book publishing division after months of seeking a buyer, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.
After months of seeking a buyer, AOL had attracted just one bid for its publishing unit, which includes Warner Books and Little, Brown.

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The Observer - Worst Book nominations

Bob Cox writes "Users of the Observer website are an absurdly literary lot, leaping at the chance to nominate their least favourite books. The discussion has been extremely illuminating.Here's The List
The Brontë sisters are apparently responsible for the two worst novels in the English language: Emily raises more hackles with Wuthering Heights than any other book, and Jane Eyre is almost equally unpopular.

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The Road to Wellness, Paved With 1,900 Pages

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The NYTimes says growing interest in health and wellness, along with the increasing willingness of patients to take part in their own health care, has prompted the publication of hefty medical guides from leading health care institutions and organizations in recent years.
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Love with the Proper Librarian

Sarah writes "New American Library will be publishing a librarian romance in September - Josephine Carr's The Dewey Decimal System of Love (nalauthors.com). "After last night, even her most proper attire can’t hide the signs — the pink cheeks, the extra-poufy hair, the bounce in her step. Ally Skinner is in love. And for once in her life, what Ally needs to know she can’t find in any book — she can only live it."

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Summer reading list pulled from Web site over errors

"The Education Department pulled its summer reading list from its Web site after learning the list misspelled and misidentified book titles and authors. Librarians also said the list was outdated."

"The list included children's classics such as Beverly Cleary's "Ramona the Brave," Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm." But librarians say it recommends few titles from the last decade."

"I don't know if someone pulled out a really old bibliography from a file cabinet somewhere," Nancy Margolin, a media specialist at McDougle Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C., said Wednesday. "These don't seem like the kinds of lists that would be provided by librarians." (from AP)

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Leak of Hillary's new memoir leaves Simon & Schuster steamed

From Reuters:

The publisher of Hillary Clinton's memoir wanted people guessing about her revelations before publication, but those plans were spoiled on Wednesday as some of the book's most colorful details were splashed around the U.S. media.

Simon & Schuster paid $8 million for Clinton's inside look at eight tumultuous White House years and planned a media blitz next Monday for its release. It gave no advance media copies.

But late Tuesday those plans went awry when The Associated Press ran a story that quoted "Living History" extensively, winning play across the country.

Read the AP wire story at CNN.com.

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