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Book News for Tuesday, May 16, 2006

  • Poet and translator Stanley Kunitz, former U.S. Poet Laureate (2000), died on Sunday at the age of 100.
  • The New York Times is a little late coming to the "How come no one has seen The Da Vinci Code?" discussion, but today's piece at least confirms that the first public viewing of the film will be its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night, before it opens Friday in every single movie theater in every single part of the world.
  • The Oprah Winfrey-produced stage adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The ceremony will be broadcast June 11th on CBS.
  • Bookstore readings may become a thing of the past. Today's hip, happenin' authors like to hold their readings in the conference rooms of corporations like Starbucks. As the publicity director of Scribner puts it, "It is easier to get people through the eye of a needle into the kingdom of heaven than it is to get people into a bookstore at 7 o'clock at night."
  • Leonard Cohen appears on tomorrow night's Fresh Air on NPR to promote his new novel, Book of Longing — which, incidentally, is a bestseller in Canada. Today's guest is The Girls Who Went Away author Ann Fessler.
  • Look, I'm warning you right up front: to find out which titles Playboy selected for "The 25 Sexiest Novels Ever Written," you have to actually visit Which is liable to cause trouble for those of you reading this at work (hell, I'm expecting my phone to ring any second just for finding the link). And if you click on it at home while a spouse or child is strolling past, you might have some explaining to do.

    I could be a nice guy and just write out the 25 titles so you don't have to look any further... but sometimes I like to start trouble. I don't know why, I just do. It's eating at you, isn't it? You have to know, don't you? Honestly, it's the best list I've ever seen in my whole, entire life! Oh, if only you could click on it...

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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.

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2 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, May 16, 2006"

    Laslow May 16th, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    "...which, incidentally, is a bestseller in Canada." Cohen was born in Montreal, which might explain why all those Canuck's are snapping up his book.

    alice May 16th, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    "The Wind Up Bird Chronicles" is one of the sexiest novels?! oh Mr Murakami would be so...proud?

    I suppose it must be because of the next door neighbor who likes to sunbathe in various states of attire. Or it's because of the job the main character takes up.

    Still....*shakes head*

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