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John Bayley, husband of author Iris Murdoch, has announced that he will be selling his late wife\'s personal library of over 1000 books, saying that he doesn\'t have room in his house. The books, many of which are covered in Murdoch\'s scribblings in Greek and Latin, will be sold in one lot at the Antiquarian Book Fair in London in June. The collection is valued at approximately 150,000 pounds. Murdoch, whose descent into Alzheimers was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film in 2001, died in 1999. More info here at the BBC.
Siva Vaidhyanathan author of "The Anarchist in the Library," a book on intellectual property.
While the topics he ponders as the author of The Anarchist in the Library and assistant professor of Culture and Communications at NYU can be pretty complicated, he always keeps the discussion interesting, down-to-earth, and--above all--human. Because in a culture transformed by advanced technology, that's what's often missing."
Jen Young spotted a Small Blurb at SciFi.com that says SF authors and editors joined protesters on April 12 in Portland, Ore., to object to the USA Patriot Act. The authors and editors read poems and stories and speeches in protest and to promote free speech, organizers said.
Marchers stopped at the Multnomah County Central Library and took a list of supposed "subversive" books—such as the Koran, the Anarchist Cookbook and Teach Yourself French—and checked the books out en masse.
CNN Has an Obituary for Cecile de Brunhoff, the inspiration for Babar, the enchanting little elephant whose adventures captivated generations of children, has died in Paris. She was 99.
She first invented the tale of a little elephant as a bedtime story for her boys in 1931. They in turn told their father, painter Jean de Brunhoff, who illustrated the story and filled in details, naming the elephant Babar and creating Celeste, Zephir and the "Old Lady," who takes care of young Babar after his mother is killed.
A signed 1840 letter by Poe that a volunteer for an east side Milwaukee church found in its walk-in safe last year was sold for a $20,000 bid at at Christie's auction in New York Tuesday. The Poe letter was among many literary materials that were auctioned Tuesday. Not all fared well.
Jack London, and F. Scott Fitzgerald did poorly, but Nathaniel Hawthorne did well.
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Charley Hively writes "30 of Ernest Hemingway's letters have been donated to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. The letters, never made public, will remain sealed for four years, according to the wishes of Dietrich's heirs. Brief samples of the letters, provided to The New York Times, offer an intimate glimpse into an abiding friendship between two cultural legends of the 20th century that until now was understood in only limited detail. Though the letters are deeply affectionate and Dietrich and Hemingway were both sex symbols for their generation — he the literary lion, she the silver-screen siren — their descendants maintain the relationship was entirely platonic.
Full Story @ The NYTimes.
This One has a few complaints about new authors. They say There are no books about secret agents and plane crashes anymore. Instead, we are condemned to a literary diet of female insurance lawyers assigning tasks to private detectives by day and rubbing Dencorub on their glands at night.
"Show me a book published by a female author in the past 10 years and I will find you a page, if not a whole chapter, specifically dedicated to chafed nipples.
San Jose Mercury News story: Paul Zindel won a Pulitzer in the 1970s for his play "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds". He was also a celebrated writer of books for young adults, including My Darling, My Hamburger, The Pigman and The Pigman's Legacy, and Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball!. The New York Times reports that he succumbed to cancer, and also talks about the troubled childhood that inspired his work.