Cuba's best known novelists hold up critical mirror

CNN has A Story on Pedro Juan Gutierrez and Leonardo Padura, Cuba's two most widely acclaimed writers.
This story have them reflecting the differences between the frustrations and failings of real life on the island and the illusory world of government propaganda.


Michael Moore Caught At Own Game?

Wired Has A Fun One on Michael Moore. Moore wrote \"Years From Now They\'ll Call it Payback Tuesday\" two days before this year\'s election, predicting the Republicans would lose. After Republicans handily won majorities in both the House and Senate, the essay disappeared from Moore\'s site.
Bloggers dug up cached copies of the page and posted both text and screenshots to their journals. Others pasted it into Moore\'s own message board.


Stupid Decisions: Self-Censorship in America

Here's Another Story on Michael Moore, and the trouble he had with Stupid White Men.
If you're not familiar with the story it goes something like this, guy writes book, book gets printed, terrorists attack, publisher wants to pulp book, librarians catch wind of the pulping, book gets published, librarians save the day.
ReganBooks claims the librarians had minimal impact. "We did not receive a lot of comment from librarians, not a lot of feedback from outside,"
The rest of the article takes a good look at Self-censorship in the publishing industry.


The scandal that wasn't

This Story says the charges of plagiarism and intellectual theft against Yann Martel for "The Life of Pi" reflect more poorly on those who have propagated it than on Martel. The brouhaha provides less insight into the ethics of literary creation than the way the media can spead false claims.
They say the charges are as silly as bashing Shakespeare for his liberal borrowings from other writers. Taking inspiration is not copying or borrowing. It's the way of the world.


Questions over controversial Homolka book

Julie Ourom writes \"A CBC Story.
If you aren\'t familiar with the story - Homolka and her then husband Paul Bernardo were convicted of the brutal sex slayings of two teenage girls back in the mid 90s. This is the second book Williams has written on the subject - and there\'s the usual controversy about capitalising on murders. An added dimension is that this one is only published in French, which will limit its audience.How should libraries decide to add or not add this to their collections?\"

They say the book was written after 18-month correspondence with Homolka. This seems odd since part of her plea deal was that Homolka would not \"talk directly ... or indirectly to the media for a book ... or like endeavour.\"


Possible covers for Revolting Librarians II

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Check out the several possible designs for the sequel to REVOLTING LIBRARIANS...."

Jessamyn says McFarland has decided to go with one this cover she designed. The book should be out soon, me thinks.


Iranian Scholar Refuses to Appeal

Karl Bridges passed along News That A university professor sentenced to death in Iran for insulting Islam has refused to appeal the sentence, challenging the hard-line judiciary to carry out the execution, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The verdict against Hashem Aghajari touched off days of demonstrations in Iran, That will Continue.


Celebs try a new line: children's books

Jen Young noticed This CNN Story on a growing trend, celebrity kids books. Jerry Seinfeld, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Andrews, Marlee Matlin and Spike Lee have all jumped on the band wagon.
Unlike other children's books that might court customers with colorful cover art and enchanting drawings, the celebrities are the key to promoting their books.


Hemingway memorabilia to be preserved

Charles Davis writes "Yahoo! News has one that says Communist Cuba has agreed to a U.S.-funded project to preserve
thousands of Ernest Hemingway's documents and photographs found decaying at his
Havana estate along with stuffed animal heads and rifles wrapped in parcel paper. "


Author Admits Fabrication

So It Turns Out Gabe Hudson the author of the short story collection \"Dear Mr. President,\" admitted late Thursday that he fabricated the story about sending his book to President Bush, who, as the author had it, wrote back with a scathing critique.
Hudson would not make himself available for comment Friday, but this much is clear: He lied not only to the media - a forgivable sin, some might say - but to thousands of people who paid $19 each for his book. It\'s a puzzling move by a first-time author trying to develop a loyal base of readers.



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