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Book News for Friday, November 2, 2007

  • Fup

    Cat Heaven: Thanks to all the many readers and bloggers who have expressed their sympathy for the loss of Fup, Store Cat.

    We've particularly enjoyed the reminiscences that have been shared by so many.

    Of all the Fup tributes, this one might be the nicest: she made the Mental Floss list of Five Famous Felines.

    The old girl would have been proud.

  • Gentleman of the Radio: Michael Chabon talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

    Chabon writes in the afterword that his original title for the novel, which is still his private name for it, was "Jews with Swords."

    "[It] was usually good for a laugh. I guess it's like saying 'pigs in space' or something. There's a kind of incongruity there in most people's minds," Chabon tells Robert Siegel.

    Read Chabon's INK Q&A here.

  • Rowling On a River: The good news: J. K. Rowling has revisited Harry Potter's world for five "wizarding fairy stories" in a new book called The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

    And now, the bad news: you can't have it.

    Only seven copies of the book, which Rowling handwrote and personally illustrated, are being printed. Six have been given as gifts to people closely connected with the Harry Potter books over the years of their gestation; the other is being auctioned next month to raise money for Rowling's charity, The Children's Voice, dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in eastern Europe. The volume, bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones, will be auctioned at Sotheby's on December 13 with a starting price of £30,000.

    That's $62,675.47 U.S. dollars. I guess if you've got that lying around, you should head to Sotheby's.

    But if you've got that much money just waiting to be thrown at any old auction, I hope you're having this blog read to you by a gorgeous, well-oiled servant who is massaging your body from head to toe while balancing on a unicycle on the back of an elephant.

    'Cause that's what I'd do with $60K!

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.


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