Authors

Best Selling Self-Help Author Jailed on Drug & Sexual Assualt Charges

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune,
Dr. Harold Bloomfield, known for his best selling books on self-help and emotional healing, and who has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has been arrested on seven counts of unlawful drugging and three counts of sexual battery. The investigation against the author began in September after seven of his patients came forward. More 

Of Tolkien manuscripts And British Libraries

Charles Davis writes \"Story from
Ananova, A rare first edition of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy has gone on display at the British Library.
The display also includes a first edition of The Hobbit and
letters from JRR Tolkien to his grandson. In one of the letters Tolkien talks of losing his privacy, having become an unwilling celebrity.\"

In other news from England, Project to refurbish Bodleian Old Library complete, A four-year project to refurbish all the reader areas of the Bodleian Old Library has been completed, ahead of the Library\'s 400th anniversary next year.

A New Bodley Library Exhibit \"A Nation of Shopkeepers - Trade Ephemera from 1654 to the 1860s in the John Johnson Collection\" has gone online.

Shedding writer\'s block

CSMonitor has A Story on the tiny structures that have since become icons of the writing life and the unique demands the craft places on those who pursue it.

They say a space dedicated solely to writing, even a veritable hovel, is, for some writers, more sympathetic and more necessary than a house, an office building, or a classroom.

A Unique Way to Get Kids to Learn to Read

For the Jacksonville Business Journal, Cindy Barth writes...

\"By day, Colonial High School teacher Richard de Montebello is a mild-mannered biology teacher. After hours, though, de Montebello is a comic book author, penning a family-oriented, five-comic book series. A 7-year-old Native American boy named Sequoia and his pet baby saber-tooth tiger, Saber, are the main characters of The Adventures of Browser and Sequoia. Browser is a woolly mammoth. Now, after distributing more than 75,000 copies, de Montebello is ready to take the comic book series into the graphic novel market -- and into libraries across the country.\" More

Porsche returns Kafka\'s Library to Prague

BBC News reports that Kafka\'s library is returning to Prague. The library includes around 1,000 books and first editions of Kafka\'s work.

There once was a Yank poet laureate ...

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice article about U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.

"Eighty-three percent of American poetry is not worth reading," according to Collins, who says he couldn\'t live without the other 17 percent.

Why is V.S. Naipaul so cranky?

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a brief profile of the writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month.

"A good audience is good. But what is most enervating is when I have little regard for the audience."

Author Franzen Grovels Before TV Talk Queen

It seems that Jonathan Franzen has had a change of heart over the issue of Oprah including \"The Corrections\" on her list of picks. Do ya suppose it mighta been the money and recognition that got to him? What was that remark he made about \"artistic purity??\" \"High art literary tradition\" my @&&. Pompous, self-aggrandizing literary snobbery seems more appropriate. more from Mercury Center.
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Too good for Oprah?

Boston.com has an Opinion Piece on Jonathan Franzen and his big hooha with Oprah. They say Franzen thinks he\'s too good for the likes of Oprah and her fans and he has it exactly backward.

There are also stories at The NYTimes The Observer The Nando Times MSNBC Entertainment News FoxNews and Boston.com.

Wow, criticize Oprah and suddenly your a celebrity.

Will Franzen Be Crushed by Oprah\'s Big Cold Shoulder

Val writes \"
Salon\'s Laura Miller reports on the rift between \"The
Corrections\" author Jonathan Franzen and Oprah.
From the story...


\"He told the Oregonian that he had considered turning
down the show. \"She\'s picked some good books,\"
Franzen said in an interview posted on Powells.com,
\"but she\'s picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional
ones that I cringe, myself ...\"

Read more.

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