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Book News: R.I.P. Erich Segal, Children’s Book Stopped by Terror, and More

  • In Memoriam: It's been a tough week for authors. Along with Robert B. Parker, whose death we reported yesterday, Love Story author Erich Segal passed away on Sunday at the age of 72.

    NPR pays tribute to both Parker and Segal.

    Meanwhile, the blog True/Slant argues that the New York Times owes Segal a new obituary that is more respectful and less smirky.

    Predictably, the Times refuses to say they're sorry. That's what love means, people.

  • Stopped at the Gate: Author Robert Munsch's latest children's book has been postponed due to real-life concerns over airport security.

    A tale by the renowned Canadian children's author about a child sneaking dolls on a plane has been put on hold given the heightened security at airports after the attempted Christmas bombing of a plane in the United States.

    [...] "We were going to do a story on a little girl who smuggles all these dolls onto a plane, but then that thing happened in Detroit," said Munsch. "Scholastic calls me up in a panic saying, 'Hold everything, that kid couldn't smuggle anything onto the plane, she's lucky to get onto the plane herself.'"

    Scholastic expects the book's publication to be held up "for a bit." Hopefully the real world will cooperate and airport security won't actually get worse. Maybe this could be the subject for Munsch's next book...

  • Lights, Camera, Howl: The Sundance Film Festival gets underway this week in Park City, Utah. One of the films featured is Howl, a biopic about poet Allen Ginsberg, played by James Franco.

    The film will focus on Ginsberg's early career, as James Franco (pictured, via) will play the young poet as he pens Howl — the epic poem that landed him in a famous courtroom battle over obscenity.

    You can watch some clips online at Defamer. Mad Men's Jon Hamm is in them, too.

Book News Round-up:

  • The Poe Toaster was a no-show this year. Could this be the end of a mysterious tradition that dates back to 1949?
  • The L.A. Times' lit-blog "Jacket Copy" takes a whack at the elusive Apple tablet.
  • And here's the New York Times: "Amazon.com versus Apple for the hearts and minds of book publishers, authors and readers." They left out souls.

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. Love Story Used Mass Market $4.50
  3. Howl: Original Draft Facsimile,... Used Trade Paper $8.95

3 Responses to "Book News: R.I.P. Erich Segal, Children’s Book Stopped by Terror, and More"

    No Cognac? January 21st, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Hmmm...is there a connection between the Poe-toaster being a no-show and the fact that Brockman has taken a break from posting book news?

    Chris Bolton January 21st, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Cognac — if Brockman is the Toaster, I can only imagine Poe rolling in his grave.

    I can even sort of picture a pair of skeletal hands erupting from the dirt as Brockman knelt by the grave with some snarky comment, moments before being pulled into the dank, rotting soil, snarking and screaming...

    manwith7talents January 21st, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    The Telltale Snark.

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