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Book News for Tuesday, August 18, 2009

  • Where the Wild Things Went: Dave Eggers talks to The New Yorker about his screenplay adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are (I posted the new trailer yesterday, in case you missed it), his forthcoming novel The Wild Things (based on his screenplay, which is based on Maurice Sendak's book...), and, uh, this:

    "The Wild Things" will come in a fur edition, I hear?

    It was just an idea I had, that it could be cool to have a book covered in fake fur. I told Maurice about it, and he told me a story of someone trying the same thing, with real fur, back in the sixties. I guess they made thousands of them, wrapped in some kind of real fur, and sent them to a warehouse for a while before shipping them to stores. By the time they came to ship the books, the warehouse was full of moths, and most of the fur had been eaten. Anyway, we went to a printer in Singapore about this, and they sent us a bunch of faux-fur samples. We chose one that's usually used to repair small holes in mink coats. I think we ordered more of this fur than had ever been ordered at one time. The result looks pretty good, though. Very creepy.

    You need to see the picture (scroll to the bottom). Then ask yourself if you want that on your bookcase staring at you in the dark while you fail to sleep.

    Plus: read an excerpt from the Eggers novel.

  • Piggy Got Off Easy: Prepare for another "the art vs. the artist" discussion.

    A forthcoming biography uncovers some gruesome details about Lord of the Flies author William Golding:

    The Nobel Prize-winning author was apparently no stranger to barbaric behavior: in an unpublished memoir composed for his wife, Mr. Golding wrote that he tried to rape a 15-year-old girl when he was a young man....Mr. Golding also wrote that as a schoolteacher, he would pit his pupils against each other in "Lord of the Flies"-like experiments, to see what happened when he gave them more freedom.

    Don't you sometimes wish nobody wrote biographies of writers so we didn't have to find this stuff out about them?

  • Hurray for Us: "Beautiful vampire" Robert Pattinson (poor guy, had to keep playing "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful") talks up "Powell's Book Shop" in this interview clip promoting Twilight:

Book News Round-up:

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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 Wild Things
    Used Hardcover $5.96
  2. Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott...
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. The Beckham Experiment: How the... Used Hardcover $9.95
  4. Lord of the Flies
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  5. The Road to Woodstock Used Hardcover $5.50

2 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, August 18, 2009"

    Tavis August 18th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I never saw "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful" Robert in Powell's while I was there. Oh well...guess I'll have to resort to schmoozing with the celebs that come into Book Soup.

    Brockman (Post Author) August 18th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy, Tavis is back!! Even for a couple of minutes...

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