Chitty Chitty manuscript up for sale

Charles Davis saw Yahoo News Story on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Rare original manuscripts for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang go under the hammer next

The novel of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the flying car with a bubbly
personality was originally penned by James Bond author Ian
Fleming in 1961 as he recovered after a heart attack and is based
on stories he used to tell his son.

Fleming manuscripts are extremely rare. The major Fleming
collection held by the Lilly Library at Indiana University does not
even include an autograph manuscript or typescript of Chitty,
auction house Sotheby\'s said.

The manuscripts of the three original adventures as well as
sketches of the car are expected to fetch at least 12,000 pounds
when they go under the hammer in London on December 12.


The Case of the Novelist\'s Missing Museum

Ender spotted this LA Times Story on the Erle Stanley Gardner municipal museum, or lack thereof.

Ventura residents say it is downright criminal that no statue or municipal museum has been erected to celebrate their most famous and prolific author.

Gardner\'s mystery novels have sold about 300 million copies worldwide. They led to the creation of the \"Perry Mason\" television series, which made its debut in 1957 and ran until 1966.


Alexandre Dumas\' Remains Exhumed

The Guardian has a small story about France moving the medal clad and mustachioed bones of Alaxandre Dumas to the Pantheon in Paris.

The remains will be taken to Paris this weekend, his coffin flanked by musketeers and actors in period dress.

True, this information *might* be useful to answer a reference query some day, but let\'s get some practical value from this story. I suggest dressing up as a musketeer and making a book display of Dumas\' works.

The full story.


The fight over all things Kerouac

Here's An Interesting One on Jack Kerouac, and the fight over his $10-million estate.

They say the battle over Kerouac's estate and literary archive lingers in Pinellas circuit court, the stakes rising as the author's iconic status returned with the years. Fighting it out for a piece of the pie are his daughter, brother-in-law and Kerouac's closest living relative, a penniless nephew who lives out of a pickup truck parked at a garbage dump.


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.


Author Faces Computer Sex Charge

SomeOne writes \"A Story Says
The author of two books on stupidity has been charged with trying to meet a teenager on line for the purpose of sex.

Sixty-one-year-old James Welles has written books called \"The Story of Stupidity\" and \"Understanding Stupidity.\" Both are about the dumb moves people make.

Welles now faces a charge in Lantana, Florida, with using the computer to set up a date with a 15-year-old girl. But the \"girl\" was really a 40-year-old undercover detective.


Booker-winner Yann Martel under fire

Hose Head writes \"Here\'s One on

Yann Martel, a Canadian writer riding his first big success, freely credits another author with the idea behind his prize-winning novel -- the tale of a shipwrecked boy trapped in a boat with a wild feline.

Yet the 39-year-old Martel found himself entangled in controversy Wednesday over the inspiration he drew from a novel published some two decades ago by one of Brazil\'s most respected authors, Moacyr Scliar.


Booker-winner Yann Martel under fire

Hose Head writes \"This Story
Yann Martel, a Canadian writer riding his first big success, freely credits another author with the idea behind his prize-winning novel -- the tale of a shipwrecked boy trapped in a boat with a wild feline.

Yet the 39-year-old Martel found himself entangled in controversy Wednesday over the inspiration he drew from a novel published some two decades ago by one of Brazil\'s most respected authors, Moacyr Scliar.


<i>Family Matters</i> Author Mistry Cuts Short US Tour

India-born Canadian citizen Mistry cites airport racial profiling as the reason for his decision.

From the Yahoo story: \"As a person of color he was stopped repeatedly and rudely at each airport along the way -- to the point where the humiliation for both he and his wife has become unbearable,\" the newspaper quoted the memo as saying.

Thanks again to Publisher\'s Lunch for the tip.


Fairytale Life for Princess Diaries\' Author

Here\'s A Nice Reuters Story on Meg Cabot, author of best-selling books \"The Princess Diaries.\"

She says for some reason, people think that she\'s a real princess and that the books are really about her.

Cabot\'s books about Mia Thermopolis, the gawky New York teenager who discovers she is really a princess and heir to a tiny European kingdom, have sold more than a million copies around the world and been turned into a film by Disney.


Scolded author quits Emory

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has A Story that says an Emory University history professor has resigned after an outside academic panel issued a report condemning his research for a book that went to the heart of the national controversy over gun control.



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