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Book News for Tuesday, March 21, 2006

  • Today is Round One in the Tournament of Books, presented by the Morning News and co-sponsored by! The combatants are The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and The Time in Between by Dave Bergen. (No, I won't reveal the winner... you'll just have to see for yourself!) As you click over, be sure to make that boxing bell-ringing noise, just for the fun of it.
  • The Da Vinci Code trial has wrapped, and the judge hopes to deliver a verdict by April 8th. Not that I would ever suspect a conspiracy or anything, but does anyone else find the timing just the teensiest bit too convenient, what with the trial ending only a week before the paperback versions are due to be released?
  • Ron Chernow, bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, will succeed Salman Rushdie as president of the PEN American Center.
  • Some Kansas City libraries are inserting chips into books that will allow the books to check themselves out. Chips are also being implanted into the spines of people who check out the books that check themselves out — the chips deliver small electrical shocks for each day the book is overdue.
  • Miss Snark offers three examples of how not to write a query letter. Example One: "This novel is the first to explore the highly charged theme of gay marriage now that it is safe to do so since the movie Brokeback Mountain." This would be a great idea, if only that hack Annie Proulx hadn't already novelized the hit movie. (Via BookNinja.)
  • Who's scared of some silly little bird flu? It's the Chick-Lit Pandemic that's got me freaked out, man. If there's an inoculation somewhere, I want it stuck in my ass, pronto!

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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 History of Love: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $5.50

  2. The Da Vinci Code
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  3. The Da Vinci Code
    Used Trade Paper $1.95
  4. Alexander Hamilton
    Used Trade Paper $6.50
  5. Brokeback Mountain
    Used Trade Paper $3.50
  6. Planning for Bird Flu: A Balanced... New Trade Paper $19.75

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