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Book News for Thursday, June 29, 2006

  • Barricade Books has a message board on its website for tributes and memories to the late Lyle Stuart.
  • Google wins a legal victory for its controversial library project — which, apparently, is not, as I'd thought, a program to ban homeless children from checking out books and giving them dead puppies instead. I regret the error.
  • Influential science fiction publisher Jim Baen has died at the age of 63.
  • Graham Greene's last interview — possibly.
  • The Lord of the Rings musical will end its Toronto run on September 3rd. But fear not — soon it's headed to London, where it will meet the complete and utter lack of demand for a big, dumb musical about hobbits, wizards, and evil flaming eyes.
  • A federal judge ruled that the Miami-Dade County school district must keep banned children's books in its library until a July 21st hearing. The books apparently contain "images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba's communist youth group and a carnival celebrating the 1959 Cuban revolution" and were banned by the school board on June 14.
  • More political books are flooding the shelves of bookstores — and you can expect even more on the way.
  • Is Tintin literature? Is the moon full of big holes? Does the Pope shit in the woods?

    C'mon, people, if you're going to write about something, write about why in the world a Pope would have to shit in the woods, let alone why he'd be inclined to do so — and would that spot then become a holy site? See what I mean? The world is rife with stories far more controversial than whether a brilliant comic strip deserves to sit in a pantheon with all the other crusty required reading.

  • A previously unseen documentary film made by Ernest Hemingway (and featuring commentary by Orson Welles) finally sees the light of day after seventy years. No word on when it can be seen in the United States.
  • The troubled bald guy who sits in a dark corner all by himself, muttering into his monitor all day as coworkers scuttle past, pretending not to look, has convinced Edward Champion to read Scott Smith's The Ruins.

    Which is interesting, because Bolton and Champion used to write for a late, lamented film website — and back then they couldn't agree on anything.

  • Woody Allen hearts Scarlett Johansson. Yeah — who doesn't?

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the 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.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Ruins: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $5.50

3 Responses to "Book News for Thursday, June 29, 2006"

    ed June 29th, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Not true! Bolton and I were locked in enmity against Adam Sandler.

    Bolton June 29th, 2006 at 11:48 am

    Yes, until Punch Drunk Love.

    And then we were back at war, though I'm pleased to say I haven't seen a Sandler film since then.

    Kat June 30th, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Maybe I'm overlooking it, but I see no way to email you guys, so I'll just throw this out here - Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log. Powell's carries it. Independent, small press in Wilsonville published it. And it's getting attention from NY Times, Talk of the Nation, Boston Globe...and more. As lovers of words, you really should check it out.

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