- Independents for All: Got a favorite local independent bookstore? Or just want to publicly proclaim your love for yours truly? Huffington Post is taking submissions of your most beloved indie booksellers. Submit your own or go crazy with that rating finger!
- In Memoriam: British novelist Beryl Bainbridge passed away today at the age of 77. Of her more than 15 books, including A Quiet Life, Master Georgie, and Birthday Boys, she once said:
All the books I've written, even the historical ones, came from the place of my birth, the characters based on my parents and relations.
- Twitter Book Reviews: The Twitterverse is branching out in new and often alarming ways. First we had @DRUNKHULK. Subsequently, we were gifted with the dubious wisdom of @feministhulk. Earlier this week, @LitCritHulk sent out this charming invitation:
HULK JUST THROW THIS OUT THERE: IF ANY AUTHORS WANT SEND REVIEW COPIES TO HULK, HULK WILL REVIEW BOOK ON TWITTER! DM HULK IF INTERESTED.
Turns out that Hulk not shy in handing out criticism, this being fairly evident after his comment on Chuck Palahniuk:
HE RIDICULOUS FRAUD. HULK NOT EVEN BOTHER SMASHING HIM. HE NOT WORTH IT.
Somewhere, Bruce Banner is hanging his head, wondering where it all went wrong. Unless of course, he also thinks that Chuck is a ridiculous fraud.
- Literary scandal: Ted Mooney, author of the literary thriller The Same River Twice, has had a run of bad luck with his agents, freeing himself from a royalty thief only to run headlong into a crack head.
[W]riters began to notice that royalties were not being passed from the agency to them, though the various publishers had been cutting the proper checks, and someone had been cashing them.
According to The Daily Beast, he's decided to take a break from representation. Certainly can't blame him.
Book News Round-up:
- Motivational Veggies: Frantic with the need to use up those impulse buys from the Farmer's Market? Whether that's case or you're just looking for a new way to use turnips, NPR offers a list of books sure to inspire.
- From the Midwest: Minnesota poet, Kathleen Jesme, with her narrative poem "Meridian", won the 2010 Snowbound Chapbook Award from Tupelo Press. The prize was a cool $1,000 plus 50 printed chapbooks, courtesy of Tupelo Press.
- Who Needs that Pulitzer?: Scientists have uncovered the remains of a giant, predatory sea beast, and have fittingly dubbed it Leviathan melvillei, after Moby-Dick author Herman Melville. The carnivorous sperm whale once reached lengths of sixty feet, and is thought to have fed on its fellow whales, ripping them asunder with 14-inch, tusk-like teeth.
[L]et me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale!
—Herman Melville, Moby Dick
- Rotten Apple?: Lawsuits — yes, lawsuits — surface over the connection issues with the new iphone 4, claiming "negligence and misrepresentation". Wow, them's fightin' words! Users have claimed that you have to hold the new phone in a certain way to maintain call integrity. Apple has no comment at this time.
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After the rigors of a busy week, heading into a holiday weekend, I thought to leave you with the following words of wisdom:
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. —William S. Burroughs
Well said, sir.
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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.
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