Submitted by Blake on January 27, 2002 - 6:46pm
First it was Stephen Ambrose, and now, Olaf Olafsson has been caught paying \"a little bit of tribute\" in his book \"The Journey Home\".
Seems like I\'ve been seeing more and more Plagiarism Stories.
\"If you knowingly use somebody else\'s words, and those words are covered by a valid copyright, you are infringing the copyright,\" says Jeffrey Craig Miller, a New York attorney who specializes in publishing and intellectual property.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2002 - 3:20pm
Tanya writes \"One of the reasons I\'m often homesick for New Orleans is that I miss the history and richness of the city. It seems around every corner there is a house or place desginated as an historical treasure of one kind or another. And the best thing about it is that most of these places have resonance for all of American culture and not just the local area. With the help of the ALA yet another piece of New Orleans is being recognized, the birthplace of Lillian Hellman. Today at 3pm the house will become the next in a growing number of National Literary Landmarks recognized in the U.S. Previous National Literary Landmarks in the city include the home of Tennesee Williams and the home of William Faulkner.
Full Story from Nola.com\"
Submitted by Blake on January 6, 2002 - 2:44pm
Here\'s a nifty site.
stopyourekillingme.com by Bonnie Brown, is a resource for the lovers of mystery, intrigue and suspense books. Stop! has hundreds of authors, with complete, chronological lists of their books in this sub-genre. This site has a straightforward format. The books are arranged by author, series character, and by date written.
Submitted by Jill on January 2, 2002 - 10:24pm
This story from the Columbus Dispatch is about Millie Benson,
author of most of the Nancy Drew books. She wrote under the
pseudonym Carolyn Keene (she is my favorite ND author),
beginning a childhood favorite that still is in print and has sold
more than 200 million books. Then she went into journalism.....
Submitted by Ieleen on December 22, 2001 - 1:37pm
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
Submitted by Blake on December 11, 2001 - 9:18am
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.
Submitted by Blake on December 10, 2001 - 5:39pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on December 6, 2001 - 1:48pm
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
Submitted by Matt on November 29, 2001 - 4:04pm
Submitted by Brian on November 14, 2001 - 1:45pm
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.
Submitted by Brian on November 9, 2001 - 1:47pm
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."
Submitted by Ieleen on November 7, 2001 - 1:56pm
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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Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 5:25pm
Submitted by Blake on October 27, 2001 - 10:49pm
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 ...\"
Submitted by Blake on October 22, 2001 - 9:28am
Charles Davis writes \"A memoir by the so-called Fourth Man in the Cambridge
spy ring has reportedly been locked away in the British
The manuscript by Anthony Blunt, the former Surveyor of the
Queen\'s Pictures who was exposed as a Soviet spy, will not
be released until 2013, according to the Times.
It is said to document his years as a spy and has been
locked away to avoid embarrassing high-profile figures, the
surviving executor of Blunt\'s will told the newspaper.
Full Story \"
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2001 - 1:56pm
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.
The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2001 - 3:11pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on October 3, 2001 - 1:30pm
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\"
This book brought to you by Blake, or LISNews, or worse yet, Pepsi.
Submitted by Ryan on September 4, 2001 - 5:43pm
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.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 2:29pm
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.