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3 Responses to "Book News for Friday, November 30, 2007"
November 30, 2007 at 05:52 PM
Good for you, Brockman, for questioning the writer's thesis. But I'd like to add a few comments. The article struck me as one of the most sensible I've read on the subject,
precisely because it's
. Méndez has written a
article about a tired format that might be revitalized just when the industry needs it. She paraphrases my thinking when she explains that "competition from other types of marketing may encourage the book tour to be more imaginative, to reinvent itself." And she takes that one giant step further by quoting Chris Anderson: "We're all authors, so we've seen the ugly side of book touring first-hand," says Mr. Anderson. "The reason we chose to start our company around the book tour itself, is we believe in face-to-face contact.... We believe in author tours. We just think they can be done a lot better." Méndez concludes, "Soon they may be." As you comment, Brockman, Powell's hosts readings almost every night of the week. I hope those events flourish long into the future. But as Méndez notes (quoting me), very few cities ever see authors as well-known as Ian McEwan or David Halberstam. Given the opportunity, what fan wouldn't want to meet a favorite author in person? Fine. But what if the author doesn't come to your city? Or what if you happen to miss him on the night he's in town? Or -- work with me here -- what if you want a more personal, revealing look at the author and his craft, how his mind works, etc.? There's only so much an author can do behind a podium, flying from city to city day after day, spending hours on end with strangers, telling the same damn stories night after night. Some events are great. Others aren't. But they're almost never surprising. The more that publishers, bookstores, and authors are willing to adapt, the more they engage readers' imaginations, the more access points they provide to potential readers -- be it a traditional reading, a film, an online chat, or an
November 30, 2007 at 12:49 PM
"self-aggrandizing, obnoxious blowhard," eh? I sure hope you enjoy the
hellfire and damnation
awaiting you in the afterlife, LIAR! I'm a super-cool dude and totally mainstream. Kids love me! I'm hip with Kids
Jesus! And me and the Pope are *likethis*. T-I-G-H-T, yo! manwith7talents I suppose it's no coincidence that you have 7 talents and there are 7 sins! SINNER!
November 30, 2007 at 12:29 PM
I'd just like to point out that Bill Donohue is a self-aggrandizing, obnoxious blowhard, and the Catholic league is a highly conservative fringe group and not a mainstream Catholic organization. Thanks!
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