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Book News for Tuesday, September 4, 2007

  • I Go, Hugo, We All Go to the Hugos: Because you demanded them — the winners of the 2007 Hugo Awards!

    The awards were announced at the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan, last weekend. The prizes were handed out by a Klingon and several Princess Leias in slave garb, and refreshments were provided by dozens of well-dressed hobbits.

  • "Odd Clothes and Unorthodox Views": Looks like George Orwell had that whole "Big Brother" thing right all along.

    According to the Guardian, recently released papers reveal that Britain's MI5 spied on the author for a decade, suspecting him of communism, being an "intellectual," and having a really creepy-ass moustache.

    He's guilty of at least two of the three charges.

  • What the Kids Read These Days: The blog book tour — as seen in the New York Times!

    Bloggers have written about books since, well, the beginning of blogging. But a blog book tour usually requires an author or publicist to take the initiative, reaching out to bloggers as if they were booksellers and asking them to be the host for a writer’s online visit. Sometimes bloggers invite authors on their own. In an age of budget-conscious publishers and readers who are as likely to discover books from a Google search as from browsing at a bookstore, the blog book tour makes sense. Although a few high-profile authors have had their books sent to bloggers — James Patterson recently promoted a young-adult book this way — most of the authors are lesser-known and less likely to be reviewed in the mainstream press.

    What a cool idea. Why don't we have something like that? The Times is always so far ahead of the game.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com 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. Rainbows End
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  2. James Tiptree, JR.: The Double Life...
    Used Trade Paper $8.95



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