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Book News for Tuesday, February 20, 2007

  • Here Come the Rooster: The Morning News has issued its candidates for the 2007 Tournament of Books:

    Buy any of the titles through us to save 30% off the publisher's price — and vote for your favorite candidates by February 25th (that's this Sunday). Better get reading!

  • Is "Ninja" a Bad Word? USA Today calls John Clinch's novel Finn "a brave and ambitious debut" but wonders:

    Will a novel that is set in the 19th century and that repeatedly uses the n-word, as did Huck himself, be embraced in the more racially sensitive 21st century?

    I hear Clinch has sold the movie rights and Michael Richards has been cast as Huck's father.

  • Martin's Brown Eyed Girl: Radar Online interviews Martin Amis on his new novel, House of Meetings, and touches on other topics, including his "long-ago love affair" with Tina Brown:

    The women all — it's as if they've all been ringing each other up and saying, "Don't go near that guy." But Tina sort of saved me, because she was very pretty and ebullient and publicly affectionate. She got the scent off me and gave me confidence. That spell, she banished that.

    Come on, admit it — you were just gonna scan to the salacious gossip part anyway.

  • Foo Young to Die: Can Asian-American chick lit resuscitate the once-flourishing, now-wilting chick lit genre? More to the point, does anyone (except chick lit publishers) want it to?

    "A lot of people question the longevity of the genre, saying it's a fading fad, but the truth is, the genre isn't dying — it's evolving," says Diana Szu, editor at the St. Martin's Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books, who acquired Yu and Kan's China Dolls. "It's moving away from just being about shopping and designer labels, and tackling more serious issues. And it's manifesting itself in a lot of subgenres: chick lit mystery, mommy lit, even 'hen lit,' for older women."

    "Hen lit." I can only imagine the throngs of grateful older women rushing to embrace that flattering label. For some reason I picture Foghorn Leghorn lingering around a supermarket spinner rack with a wooden club behind his back.

  • Bezos Can No Longer Be a Toys "R" Us Kid: Look, I'm not one to laugh in the face of our online rivals when they're defeated in court, but — HA HA, eat it, Amazon, you suck!! That feels better.

    Toys "R" Us Inc. prevailed in a bitter lawsuit against online giant Thursday when a New Jersey judge ordered the two companies to sever their partnership, clearing the way for the toy retailer to establish an independent Internet store.

    Running score:

    Jeff Bezos: 0
    Geoffrey the Giraffe: 1

  • Envision Strained Peas: Child-Safety Experts Call For Restrictions On Childhood Imagination.

    "Defuse the ticking time-bomb known as your child's imagination before it explodes and destroys her completely," said child-safety expert Kenneth McMillan, who advised the HHS in composing the guidelines. "New data shows a disturbing correlation between serious accidents and the ability of children to envision a world full of exciting possibility."

    These days I'm having trouble determining if The Onion is still satire or straight reportage. (Via BookNinja.)

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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. Half of a Yellow Sun
    New Hardcover $24.95
  2. One Good Turn: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $7.95
  3. Arthur and George (Vintage...
    Used Trade Paper $6.50

  4. English, August: An Indian Story Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  5. The Lay of the Land: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $5.50
  6. Pride of Baghdad
    Used Hardcover $9.95
  7. The Road
    Used Hardcover $4.50
  8. The Emperor's Children
    Used Hardcover $3.95
  9. The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo Used Hardcover $2.50
  10. The Echo Maker: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  11. Against the Day: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $7.50
  12. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan...
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  13. Absurdistan: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $6.95

  14. Apex Hides the Hurt Used Trade Paper $8.00
  15. Finn: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $5.50
  16. House of Meetings
    Used Hardcover $3.95

2 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, February 20, 2007"

    Venkman February 20th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Who else wants to bet it all comes down to Pynchon vs. Powers?

    Brockman (Post Author) February 20th, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Pynchon v. Powers — wasn't that a Supreme Court decision that ruled "no novel could be of a greater length than a reasonable person might be expected to read"? I think the justices finally decided on 650 pages hardcover.

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