Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2002 - 12:20am
Charlotte-Mecklenburg public library director Robert Cannon apologized Tuesday for a sexually explicit reading at the publicly funded Novello Festival of Reading. He said said the library should have warned the audience of 450 about the content beforehand.
The author said he wouldn't want to speak in a place so conservative that his work requires a warning label.
"This is the world their children are going to grow up in," he said, adding that he didn't recall seeing children in the audience. "They're going to hear dirty language. They're going to hear about sex."
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2002 - 5:40pm
Charles Davis writes \"A notebook of \'lost\' poems and jottings by Philip Larkin has emerged in
his home town of Hull after reportedly being saved from the rubbish tip
by an attentive furniture worker.
Although volunteers from the Larkin Society, which guards the memory of the poet, meticulously cleared his home of work, the red A5 volume is
said to have been acquired from the company sent to take his furniture to the dump.
Full story at
The Independent \"
Submitted by Blake on October 23, 2002 - 9:28am
The IHT has a Look At print on demand services for aspiring authors.
They say in the same way that the home computer gave users the ability to create a document that looked good, even if it didn\'t necessarily read well, print-on-demand services now enable people to publish a book with ease, regardless of whether anyone else would want to read it.
Submitted by Blake on October 21, 2002 - 11:19pm
James Nimmo pointed to This One on the American Christian Romance Writers convention. They say when it comes to expressing their feelings, members of the ACRW are more concerned with prayers than affairs. After the predictable round of speakers and workshops, the two-day conference will close with a brief religious service.
Submitted by Blake on October 16, 2002 - 9:00am
SomeOne writes \"Jorge Ramos, Univision anchorman, is on tour and the only stop at a library was at Dallas Public. Latinos came out by the droves to see him promote his latest book about his own personal version of the American Dream. Mr. Ramos drew a crowd that packed the room like sardines with the overflow sandwiched from the hall to the elevator! Kudos to Dallas Public for inviting him but to everyone who was breathing under the armpit of the person next to him we would have preferred to have had the book signing in the larger auditorium. Again the Hispanic presence and influence in this country has been underestimated. \"
Submitted by Hermit on October 14, 2002 - 11:09am
Teacher, historian, and author Stephen Ambrose died Sunday, 13 October
2002 at age 66 of lung cancer.
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2002 - 9:11am
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2002. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2002 is awarded to the Hungarian writer Imre Kertész.
\"The refusal to compromise in Kertész’s stance can be perceived clearly in his style, which is reminiscent of a thickset hawthorn hedge, dense and thorny for unsuspecting visitors. But he relieves his readers of the burden of compulsory emotions and inspires a singular freedom of thought.\"
Submitted by Brian on October 8, 2002 - 11:47am
Instead of going with a mainstream publisher, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers is self-publishing his first novel through his McSweeney\'s imprint. You Shall Know Our Velocity is available from mcsweeneys.net and will also be sold by indy bookstores. The Chicago Tribune has an article (free registration required), which also mentions that Eggers will be doing appearances with They Might Be Giants, reading from his book between TMBG songs.
Submitted by Blake on October 1, 2002 - 9:39pm
Jen Young sent over This NYTimes Story that says according to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book in them. The author, Joseph Epstein, says \"Save the typing, save the trees, save the high tax on your own vanity. Don\'t write that book, my advice is, don\'t even think about it. Keep it inside you, where it belongs.
Submitted by Blake on October 1, 2002 - 9:26am
Aaron Tunn sent along Picturing Shakespeare from down in Australia, on the discovery of a possible life portrait of William Shakespeare. This is an edited extract from Shakespeare's Face by Stephanie Nolen.
Submitted by Blake on October 1, 2002 - 8:20am
Jen Young points to This NYTimes Obit on Joseph Nathan Kane, whose lifelong obsession with facts led him to write exhaustive reference works that cataloged such things as the nicknames of presidents, when the first Eskimo Pie was created (1922), when the first camels were brought to America (1721) and the precise patent number of the first safety pin in the United States, died on Sunday.
He was 103 and until a few years ago lived not far from where he was born as the 19th century ended, on the West Side of Manhattan.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 27, 2002 - 3:39pm
\"Author Michael Crichton was robbed at gunpoint and tied up by two men who ransacked his home, but he wasn\'t harmed, his publicist told a newspaper. The author of Jurassic Park and Timeline and creator of the television series ER was robbed shortly before 5 a.m. on Sept. 23.
Read It Here.
Submitted by Blake on September 24, 2002 - 7:19pm
Aaron Tunn sent over a story for those with a love for the works of Ernest Hemingway.
Theage.com.au Reports The Cuban Government has agreed to allow access to a trove of Ernest Hemingway\'s papers that experts say promises to illuminate the period in which he wrote some of his most significant works.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 19, 2002 - 10:11pm
Bob Cox writes \"Here is an interesting article writen by Alice Thomas Ellis which reviews How to Write Damn Good Fiction by James N Frey and The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner\".
Alice Thomas Ellis explains that it really is possible for you to publish your own book.
Submitted by Ieleen on September 12, 2002 - 3:20pm
Ann Coulter has been fired by the Executive Editor of the Centre Daily Times. In a letter to her, he states that the paper will no longer publish her Op-ed column because she \"is a hater or a hypocrite.\"
\"Dear Ann Coulter: You\'re fired. It\'s not that extreme viewpoints are unwelcome on the opinion pages of the Centre Daily Times. All political viewpoints, from Cal Thomas on the right to Molly Ivins on the left, are welcome here. But, we don\'t welcome haters, Ann, and that\'s what you are.
Well, you are either a hater or a hypocrite who calls names and spews enmity because you believe it will get your pretty face on television more or sell more copies of your best-selling books.\" Read the Rest.
Submitted by Blake on September 7, 2002 - 4:31pm
Jen Young sent over News That Madonna\'s last literary project may have
been a book called \'\'Sex,\'\' full of naked
pictures of herself, but her next will be a
set of five allegorical children\'s tales,
cowritten with husband Guy Ritchie. It\'s
part of a new focus for the former Material
Girl, now that she\'s a 44-year-old mother
of two, she tells Vanity Fair. Hard to
believe she\'s no longer living in a
\'\'me-me-me universe\'\' of her pre-Lourdes
and Rocco days? \'\'Hey, nothing is what it
seems,\'\' she says.
Submitted by Blake on September 3, 2002 - 10:54pm
The Associated Press says An extensive and previously unknown collection of documents from author and poet Carl Sandburg sold for more than $80,000. The collection, which may shed new light on Sandburg, known for immortalizing Chicago as the \"city of the big shoulders,\" was almost never found. A Pennsylvania antiques dealer, Walt Brygier, stumbled upon it last year while disposing of boxes for a client. One fell apart, spilling the documents.
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2002 - 4:49pm
Jen Young sent over The Entertainment Weekly Story that says textbook publisher Scholastic announced plans for a new series of rapper-penned books for 4- to 10-year-olds, the New York Times reports. Called \'\'Hip Kid Hop,\'\' the series\' kicks off with two titles, by LL Cool J and Doug E. Fresh. Of course, the books come with CDs so kids can rhyme along with the authors and their backing tracks.
Submitted by Blake on August 18, 2002 - 12:25pm
SomeOne writes \"A Story says we, in the UK, are now in the era of the \'football autobiography\' - and it\'s not pleasant.
The worst thing about all these books is that the advance publicity assures them of massive sales.
The formula is thus: Say something controversial, add the threat of legal action, make sure the papers get hold of it, make no comment in defence of your claims whatsoever - then sit back and wait for the cash to roll in.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 12, 2002 - 1:39pm
Bestselling author and atheist Philip Pullman (The Amber Spyglass) has insisted that \"novels must discuss morality or they will slip into the trivial and worthless ... You can\'t leave morality out unless your work is so stupid and so worthless that no-one would want to read it anyway.\" Read More.
Here\'s Another One.