- Before the Dawn: The Morning News Tournament of Books (co-sponsored by, ahem, Powells.com) is still four days away — mark Friday on your calendar, kids! — but the list of judges has been unveiled for your viewing pleasure.
Alas, no members of the Decemberists partake in this year's extravaganza — but you'll find such authors as Nick Hornby, Elizabeth McCracken, and Gary Shteyngart, as well as lit-bloggers Maud Newton, Mark Sarvas, and Bookslut contributor Elizabeth Kiem. (Although, technically, Sarvas can now count in both categories, thanks to his forthcoming debut novel.)
Your faithful correspondent was asked to participate, but I had to refuse on grounds that it might be a conflict of interest because Powells.com is co-sponsoring the event.
Okay, that's a lie. I wasn't asked. Nobody wants me to judge anyone's books. That's fine by me, I can sit in my corner of the sandbox and play with my own toys, I don't need anybody, I hate everyone!
No, that's not true, either. I love people and I don't own a sandbox. Maybe I wasn't invited because I'm a compulsive liar.
- Me Tarzan, You Fake: Hey, it turns out that a bestselling Holocaust biography about a little girl who was raised by wolves is... gasp!... FAKE.
Next they'll tell us Tarzan didn't really happen.
- Absolutely True Award: Arguably the second-best online literary award after the TOB's Rooster is the 2008 Delete Key Awards for "the year's worst writing in books," awarded by the One-Minute Book Reviews blog.
And the nominees are:
4. The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim (But... why?)
Somehow, congratulations don't seem to be in order. Maybe "condolences"?
The "winner" will be announced on March 15th — and, presumably, the book's editor will receive some kind of prize.
- Brockman... Mr. Brockman: EW.com has an exclusive sneak peek at the cover of the new James Bond novel, Devil May Care, written by Birdsong author Sebastian Faulks, which will be published on May 28th.
I can neither confirm nor deny that Yours Truly was the model for the silhouette of Sir James. But that hairline is strikingly similar...
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