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Preview of Bat-Manga!

Graphic designer extraordinaire (and former Powells.com guest blogger) Chip Kidd presents Bat-Manga!, the first collection of Japanese Batman comics anywhere in the world!

Originally published in 1966, at the height of the first worldwide Batman craze, and written and illustrated by manga legend Jiro Kuwata, these adventures were never collected in Japan, and had never been translated into English.

More than just an object of historical curiosity, Bat-Manga! is deliriously entertaining — not only more fun and hyperkinetic (and, well, kind of insane) than the American comics of the time, but even more enjoyable than most superhero comics being published today!

Don't take my word for it — check out this six-page preview of the first "Lord Death Man" comic! Keep in mind that this is Japanese manga, so you read the pages from right to left. If you get lost, just follow the numbers on the panels.

(Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.)

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Holy First Ladies, Batman!

Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of two best-selling books, Prep and The Man of My Dreams, is about to release a very controversial book called American Wife. It's a thinly veiled novel based on Laura Bush's life that is sure to send the White House into a fury. American Wife tells the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the, um... intellectually challenged president of the United States. It is being marketed as a fictional examination of the life of the First Lady that mixes real facts and incidents from her life with an author's wild imaginings and sometimes sexually charged prose. Says RadarOnline.com, "The result is a masterful highbrow-lowbrow mash-up that satisfies as ass-kicking literary fiction and juicy gossip simultaneously."

On the gossip side, Sittenfeld uses Alice Blackwell to titillate: discovering that her grandmother is a lesbian, killing her high school crush with her car at age 16 (This incident is based in fact. Laura Bush was involved in a fatal car accident at that age), having sex with the future leader of the free world's brother, getting an ...

Out of the Book: DC Day 1

[Editor's note: Dave gets his capital letters back from the cleaners on Tuesday!]

five a.m. call-time, in front of rick's apartment on west 57th street, manhattan.

starbucks on the new jersey turnpike, just so you know, isn't open before seven o'clock.

a thrilling day of interviews, though.

bob woodward's house in the georgetown district of DC has a broad, wooden, spiral staircase aside the foyer, climbing toward a four-floor tower. it's a kinda nice house. he had given a lot of thought to what he would say. he made sure to tell us, for instance, on camera, how he and david had disagreed about some things; that david to some extent couldn't abide by woodward interviewing george w. bush — "giving bush," woodward said, "that much of a voice." david was never afraid to express himself; we've been hearing as much over and over. clearly woodward respected that. he brimmed with admiration. and he recognized source material when he saw it, these cameras in his sitting room. if today's words someday found their way into david's biography, or some lasting historical text — a peer's reaction upon the great man's passing — woodward would ...

Out of the Book Takes Manhattan

I'm in New York. We start filming tomorrow, gathering B-roll around the city before the Times Talk at 6:30.

Some choice bits:

A very special guest might participate in the NYC premiere. We interview him later this week. No promises, but still: could be cool. McNally Robinson is already promoting the event on its Home page. Go, McNally Robinson!

Had breakfast this morning with Will Schwalbe, Halberstam's editor, at Le Pain Quotidian, near Hyperion's office. Ate soft-boiled eggs. What is the etiquette-friendly way to crack and peel a soft-boiled egg, anyway? I'd never eaten one in public, so I watched Will crack his before starting mine.

After breakfast, Jimmy (the director, who edited the McEwan film) and I met up outside the Halberstams' apartment. We talked with Jean, David's widow, for a half-hour or so in her living room, getting to know each other, trading stories. She showed us his office: family photos, a wooden helicopter model, autographed baseballs, boxes of notes for The Coldest Winter.... Then Jean leashed up Sasha, their ten-year-old dog, and we set out on the route David took each morning through Central Park, past the Sheep ...

New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • Next by Michael Crichton

    The thriller master revisits the wild and wacky world of genetics run amok that proved so insanely profitable in Jurassic Park. I always find it worrisome when publisher text fails to give any indication of characters or plot and just makes broad statements about "blend[ing] fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems."

    However, USA Today claims, "If you didn't care for Crichton's last two techno-novels...it's time to kiss and make up. He's in top form." So pucker up!

  • Brother Odd by Dean R. Koontz

    The third installment of Koontz's Odd Thomas series features the young fry cook who sees dead people encountering eccentric monks, the ghost of Elvis, and a killer stalking the halls of a monastery. "[A]n irresistibly offbeat mix of supernatural horror and laugh-out-loud humor," swears Publishers Weekly — which must certainly be better than an offbeat mix of supernatural humor and laugh-out-loud horror, right?

  • Acme Novelty Library #17 by Chris Ware

    The publisher's copy for the brilliant-but-gloomy Ware's new book is


New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover

  • Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

    The peanut farmer-turned-author and Nobel Peace Prize winner who technically can run for a second term (hint, hint!) tackles the Israeli-Palestine conflict and offers suggestions based on his intimate knowledge of the region and the people involved in a mess I, frankly, don't even understand. Could Jimmy have a second Peace Prize on the way?

  • Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

    Which Florida-based humor writer would win in a fight, Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry?

    And while you ponder that imponderable scenario, consider this: while Barry's off writing Disney sequels and sentimental Christmas stories, Hiaasen is still cranking out his patented brand of lunacy. Nature Girl is the tale of the self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes," Honey Santana, who "has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls." It's probably the best Carl Hiaasen novel since his last one.

  • Cross by James Patterson

    Remember that Saturday Night Live sketch from the late '80s where someone was interviewing Stephen King (played by an actor


New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author DeMille comes a suspenseful new novel featuring Detective John Corey and an all-too-plausible conspiracy to detonate a nuclear bomb in two major cities. My mom loves this guy, she can't stop reading his books.

  • There's Nothing in this Book That I Meant to Say by Paula Poundstone

    Part memoir, part monologue, comedian Poundstone's book features biographies of historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Helen Keller, peppered with digressions about Poundstone's own life, such as her very public DUI.

  • The House of Hilton: From Conrad to Paris: A Drama of Wealth, Power, and Privilege by Jerry Oppenheimer

    This is not — I repeat, not — a crappy, trashy tell-all about a braindead heiress who has done nothing to deserve her constant tabloid attention. It is a New York Times bestselling author's searing expose of an entire family of braindead people who have done nothing to deserve their constant tabloid attention — or money.

    Scoff if you will, but we know who's reading this thing under the


New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman — The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Anansi Boys (see below) releases his second collection of short fiction, poems, and other miscellany. Fragile Things includes a novella featuring the hero of Gaiman's masterpiece, American Gods, and charts the terrain between life and death, perception and reality, darkness and light.
  • iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak — The mastermind behind Apple (a.k.a. "The Other Steve") sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution — and helped give so many millions of us a truly effective way to shut out the other commuters on our bus rides.
  • Piece of Work by Laura Zigman — From the bestselling author of


New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • The Mission Song by John le Carré — In the latest novel by the renowned spymaster, a naive young interpreter stumbles into the heart of an outrageous British plot.

    "Another fine work of intrigue from a skilled interpreter of all things topical," raves Kirkus Reviews.

  • Moral Disorder: And Other Stories by Margaret Atwood — If you're one of Atwood's legion of fans, I don't really need to type another word — you're doubtless already holding the book in your hands, or on your way to pick up a copy.

    For everyone else, this collection of ten stories is almost a novel by turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal — displaying Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage, proving "Atwood is still a master of the compelling, peculiar portrait of human behavior" (Entertainment Weekly).

  • Fear of the Dark by Walter Mosley — Bestseller Mosley takes a break from his Easy Rawlins novels to revisit another series regular, Fearless Jones and bookseller Paris Minton, in a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge.



New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski — From the author of the cult hit House of Leaves comes a shoot-from-the-hip American road novel about two wild and wayward kids who magically drive from the Civil War to the Iraq War and beyond.

    "[A] trip well worth taking," gushes Kirkus Reviews.

  • Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings — Yes, Alex, I'll take "New Releases" for two thousand.

    Answer: Brainiac by Ken Jennings.

    Question: What is the title of the book by the guy who had that crazy winning streak on Jeopardy! a couple of years back, which details Ken's rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon and the history of trivia?

    I'll take "Shorter Answers" for five hundred, please.

  • The Thirteenth Floor by Diane Setterfield — In this highly anticipated debut novel, amateur biographer Margaret Lea receives a letter from reclusive author Vida Winter, summoning her to write Vida's life story. As Margaret pieces together Vida's story on her own, what she discovers is a chilling and transforming experience.


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