by Lewis, July 26, 2006 2:54 PM
admits it is a quiet day in the book world today. Bookdwarf is taking her mother to an art gallery. I, on the other hand, am waiting for Dave
to return from lunch with some new flavor of Gatorade he is keen on. He is determinded to prove that Gatorade is not only drinkable, but indeed tasty. We'll see about that...
- Well, yet another romance publisher is getting into the reader particpation game. An imprint of Harper Collins, Avon Romance is introducing a contest encouraging readers to create an original story online (I'm dying to see how "original" a romance plot is going to be). Although this doesn't start until August 23rd, you can sign up and be notified when the games begin.
- The Australian Federal Attorney General wants broader powers to ban books that "urge or provide instruction or praise for acts of terrorism." While Turkey continues to prosecute writers who insult "Turkishness."
- The New Statesman features an article by John Gray called The Battle of the Books, and which asks, "What works can be said to have altered history?"
On a side note, the author of this article is not the Men Are from Mars author named John Gray, but in fact a gentlemen whom a Publishers Weekly review describes as "a philosopher and professor at the London School of Economics" who "sounds like the quintessential grumpy, world-weary intellectual: he disagrees with almost everyone and is pessimistic about almost everything." But let's get back to the Mars/Venus Gray for a sec. Did you know that a half an hour in his NASA designed "O-Sauna" burns more calories than a one-hour jog? Hard to believe isn't it? Really. Hard to believe.
- And, well, because book news is short, people news will have to suffice. From Harper's Weekly: "A taxidermist from Lake County, Florida, was arrested after urinating on $500 worth of frozen food, and thieves stole a 14-foot inflatable sheep from a store in Rochester, Minnesota. Wolf-dogs attacked and killed a woman in Greensburg, Pennsylvania."