Authors

Shakespeare plays sell for £4.9m at auction

Charles Davis writes \"One of the earliest printed copies of Shakespeare\'s plays
has sold at a New York auction for £4.1m.
An anonymous private buyer bought the First Folio of the
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dated 1623.
It was expected to fetch £2.1m.
Story at
ananova.com \"

The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.

Stripping off for literature

Jay passed along A little Friday Funny courtesy of The Naked Novelist.They asked which authors would people would most like to see in the nude, and which would they would least like to see in the nude.
Jeffrey Archer was the author they would least like to see naked, strangely Frank McCourt, the author of Angela\'s Ashes had 821 votes to get naked.
Julie Burchill, author of Naked Ambition, came in First Place, In second place was JK Rowling (Two people suggested that they would like to see her wearing nothing but a wizard\'s hat). David Baddiel, the comedian and author of Time for Bed, was the most voted for man.


Google Images is a good place to see what JK, Julie, and David look like with their clothes on.

Bankroll an author

jen writes \"For amounts ranging from $250 to $50,000, book lovers can become art patrons -- patrons of the art of literature. They can adopt a particular book by a particular favorite writer and guarantee that it will always stay in print. Or, like a literary Santa Claus, they can donate an entire set of great works at cut-rate prices to a school or library.


Full Story from stltoday.com\"

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Old-Line Publishers Vie For African-American Authors

A short article on the surge of interest in African-American authors from old-line publishers:

Self-publishing and respect don’t usually go hand in hand, but African-American authors are not only getting respect, they’re being sought out and picked up by traditional houses. Random House, Ballantine, HarperCollins, Doubleday and Warner have all launched African-American imprints in the past couple of years, and dozens of the titles that they are issuing this fall were originally self-published . . .

More from Wired.

Best Selling Author Peter Maas Dies at 72

Peter Maas, author of more than a dozen novels, and various other works, has died. Maas\' career spanned 50 years and included such works as \"Serpico,\" and \"Made in America,\" which went on to become movies. His novel, \"The Terrible Hours,\" made the New York Times Bestseller list last year and was turned into a made-for-television movie. more... from CNN.

NZ Authors Threaten to Pull Books from Libraries

Authors in New Zealand are threatening to pull their books off the shelves of public libraries in protest over a funding cut for writers. Apparently the government has decided to take away $100,000 from the $1.1 million fund. The fund was established as a means of compensating writers for lost royalties as a result of libraries freely distributing their work. more... from The News Room

British Library to Receive Ted Hughes letters

Matt Eberle writes \"The British Library will receive over 140 letters written by Ted Hughes to Keith Sagar. Some of the letters touch on Hughes\' relationship with Sylvia Plath, blaming anti-depressants for her suicide. The letters will eventually be on display in the library.

Full Story from The BBC\"

Of the 20th Century\'s Top 100 Novels, Only 9 Were Written by Women

More from the desk of the junk e-mail goddess...
Kristin Bakke and Laurel Rayburn compiled the following for Ms Magazine.
\"Of the Modern Library\'s top 100 novels of the twentieth century, only nine were written by women, and only two made the top 50: Virginia Woolf\'s To The Lighthouse and Carson McCullers\' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. No book by a woman of color is on the list. more...

A star dims in the SF galaxy

Slashdot brings us the sad news that SF master Poul Anderson has passed away. As one wag said, he probably faked his death to cover up his recruitment by the Time Patrol...

Books On Our Shelves Define Us As Much As the Clothes On Our Backs

From the Plattsburg, (NY) Press Republican, Diane Petryck Bloom writes...

\"When a flood burst through the doors of the little library in Lincoln, VT, three generations of the townsfolk, ages 8 to 80, lined up old-fashioned bucket-brigade style to save what books they could. \'Despite the water in their own basements,\' said author Chris Bohjalian, who lives in the 1,000-resident town, \'the people thought that was the most important thing to be doing.\' Bohjalian, in Plattsburgh recently to address a gathering of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System staff and friends, used the story to promote his belief that no mere e-text of any kind will supplant the traditional book.\" more...

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