- Slamming Poetry: Yesterday's Fresh Air with Terry Gross featured Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and her new poetry collection, Slamming Open the Door, which "documents the aftermath of the murder of her daughter Leidy Bonanno."
Leidy was found dead in her apartment in 2003, strangled with a telephone cord by an ex-boyfriend. She had recently graduated from nursing school.
Two of the book's poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and poet Sharon Olds calls the work "a gift of power, truth, rage, and beauty."
Click here to listen to the whole segment. You won't soon forget it.
- Virally Yours: Maybe I'm getting this to you before you see it all over Facebook or Twitter (but probably not). Anyway, here's "The Book vs. The Kindle, Round 1: The Buy Counter."
Book News Round-up:
- Herein, the thirteen titles that comprise the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
- The Library of Congress has posted scans of W. W. Denslow's illustrations for the first edition (circa 1899) of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is working on a short book about the musical legacy of the late Michael Jackson. Here's what to expect.
- Also in The New Yorker, Nicholson Baker examines the Kindle and wonders if it can actually improve on the good, old-fashioned book.
- Publishers Weekly has an advanced (very advanced) review of The Original of Laura, Vladimir Nabokov's final, unfinished novel, which will finally see publication in November:
"This very unfinished work reads largely like an outline, full of seeming notes-to-self, references to source material, self-critique, sentence fragments and commentary..."
- Why on earth would Powells.com's Book News feature an interview with the writer of a new video game?
- The eBattle heats up: "Sony plans to launch wifi Reader ahead of Kindle." (See video above.)
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