Saturday, October 25, 2014

Books Update with The New York Times


Killer Company

New thrillers include Tawni O'Dell's "One of Us," Sergey Kuznetsov's "Butterfly Skin" and more.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Dark Visions

New books by Robert Jackson Bennett, Peyton Marshall and more.
Nordic Noir

Northern Exposure

New mysteries by Karin Fossum, Jens Lapidus and more.

Be Very Afraid

Anne Rice's "Prince Lestat," and several novels about middle-class domestic anxiety.

Atul GawandeAtul Gawande: By the Book

The author, most recently, of "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" is a great fan of Dr. Watson: "He is intelligent, observant and faithful, the way we want all doctors to be."
·         By the Book: Archive
Edward St. Aubyn

'On the Edge'

In Edward St. Aubyn's novel, a large cast of seekers cross paths at Esalen.

'Pay Any Price'

James Risen argues that America's open society has been a casualty of the war on terror.
Marlon James

'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Marlon James's novel examines complicated politics and the growth of gang violence in Jamaica.

In the 1930s, crime writing was a British growth industry.'The Art of the English Murder'

Lucy Worsley examines the creation of British crime fiction and the growing fascination with foul play.

Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England, 1936.

'Ghosts: A Natural History'

A 500-year history of apparitions, poltergeists, séances and our longing to believe in the paranormal.

'The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told'

Reviewed by LAURA MILLER
Folk and fairy tales are loosely reimagined and rendered with scrupulous realism.
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, 1931.

'The Poet and the Vampyre'

An 1816 "ghost story" contest had lasting literary consequences.

'The Immortal Evening'

Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb attend a famous dinner party.
Critic's Take

Art of Darkness


Must the revolutionary artist ignore the basic laws of decency that govern our world in order to transform that world?

Compliments Are Nice says author, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons

The Daily Beast

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms the sways and contours of the new work under construction, even though the writer is probably unaware of this agon. Bloom’s theory is frequently mischaracterized as Freudian—the ambitious son attempting to overthrow the sovereign father, 

Tennyson needing to vanquish Keats before Tennyson can establish his own effective selfhood as a poet—but, as Bloom himself has repeatedly insisted, his theory isn’t Freudian because it isn’t sexual, Oedipal, or psychoanalytical. Furthermore, this agon happens between the poems or plays or novels themselves, and not between the writers. This theory for lovers of literary tradition takes some steadfast handling, but once you learn how it drives it lets you see some thrilling views.


“…I feel that I am ready to write about Alan Kennedy´s death, and its aftermath”

Posted October 24, 2014 - interLinkQ

Horowitz tours Waterstones stores for Moriarty

Published October 24, 2014. By Sarah Shaffi- The Bookseller

Orion marked the release of Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, by taking the author on a horse drawn carriage ride of Waterstones shops in London.

As part of the campaign for the book, the publisher arranged for a specially branded Brougham carriage to take Horowitz to his book launch at Waterstones Piccadilly, stopping off at other Waterstones and the Sherlock Holmes pub on the way.

The author also visited some of the locations found in Moriarty, about two detectives – not Holmes and Watson – investigating the rise of a new criminal mastermind determined to fill the space left by the death of Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.
Orion used the hashtag #ISawMoriarty on Twitter, posting pictures of the tour and encouraging people who saw Horowitz and the carriage to tweet as well.

Waterstones stores on the tour were London Wall, Leadenhall, Trafalgar Square, Garrick Street, Oxford Street Plaza, Oxford Street, and Piccadilly.
The publicity campaign for Moriarty began earlier this year with a title reveal at London Book Fair, followed by an exclusive proof giveaway. Orion worked with the Museum of London on the opening talk in its events programme for its new Sherlock Holmes exhibition, which opened this month, and has arranged a number of media interviews and events.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz – review

A sequel authorised by the Conan Doyle estate has the deduction and the action, but does it scratch the Holmesian itch?

Criminal mastermind… Andrew Scott as Moriarty in BBC1 series <em>Sherlock</em>.
Criminal mastermind… Andrew Scott as Moriarty in BBC1 series Sherlock. Photograph: Colin Hutton/BBC/Hartswood Films
If we were to ask the great detective himself what makes him great, he would no doubt cite his superior powers of observation, deduction and ratiocination. Sherlock Holmes’s signature display of virtuosity, after all, is to read volumes about an acquaintance’s history and circumstances from tiny details of his or her appearance: a frayed cuff, a soiled hat band, a particular type of tobacco ash (one of 140 catalogued in his famous monograph) clinging to a lapel.

But go back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and you may be surprised by how often the solution to one of Holmes’s cases hinges on trickery: disguises, ambushes and traps. Granted, such gambits – and the deployment of trusty Watson’s service revolver – make for more exciting storytelling than a man peering through a magnifying glass, but, still, it is striking how few of the tales are actually meticulous procedurals instead of ripping yarns. Conan Doyle, who dashed off stories about Holmes to fund his more serious-minded historical novels, was notoriously sloppy with the very minutiae that his immortal creation specialised in decoding.

Awful Auntie best selling children's fiction book of 2014 after four weeks on sale

David Walliams
David Walliams' Awful Auntie has become the best selling children's fiction book of 2014 after four weeks on sale.
The comedian notched up his fourth week at the top of the UK book chart, marking the longest run at number one by a British-born author this year.

The book sold 37,903 units this week. In contrast Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan shifted 10,242 print units.
However sales of his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North increased by more than 30 times the previous week.
It saw his Booker-winning romance enter the top 50 at number 11 - taking second place in the original fiction chart.
Nielsen BookScan figures suggest the £137,430 accrued through sales of Flanagan's novel last week, following his Booker triumph, eclipsed the combined sales of his work for the past 10 years.

The "remarkable love story" novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War Two. It took 12 years to complete and left Flanagan penniless.

David Walliams has written seven children books, including Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink and Demon Dentist which topped the charts this time last year.

Awful Auntie has sold more than 181,000 units since it was published on 27 September.
Walliams' first book The Boy in the Dress is being made into a BBC drama

Whangarei author releases fifth book in popular children’s series

Whangarei author Donna Blaber  (right)has released the fifth book, ‘Hide and Seek’, in her hugely-popular Kiwi Critters® series of early reader children’s picture books.

Published by Lighthouse Media Group, a company run by Ms Blaber and her husband Rupert Shaw who creates the bright illustrations for the books, the Kiwi Critters series sells extremely well in New Zealand in print format. International sales through major distributors such as Amazon are also building steadily in both print and electronic formats.

Ms Blaber describes the books as “super simple with engaging rhymes”, designed as quick and easy reads for busy parents and for young children who are beginning to read.

“There's always time for a Kiwi Critters story,” says Ms Blaber, a mother of twin girls and the author of the five Kiwi Critters books and more than 30 travel and tourism books for publishers in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Ms Blaber began developing the characters for the Kiwi Critters when her own daughters were pre-schoolers, and used the books as a tool to develop their reading and writing skills.

“We’re looking forward to hearing how our many thousands of Kiwi Critters’ readers enjoy seeing the familiar characters, as well as meeting a new Kiwi Critters character, Billie the Bull. By reading the book they can also see, perhaps through further discussion with their parents, that helping others by making games fair is the right thing to do.”

Ms Blaber is now a participant in the New Zealand Book Council’s writers in schools programme where she is available to visit schools nationwide to talk about her own writing and/or run workshops with children of any age on a range of topics including non-fiction, fiction and creative writing, modern journalism, editing, print and digital publishing. She also developed and runs a well-attended school holiday writing club for Whangarei children aged nine and over.

“I get just as much inspiration from the children on the course as I hope they get from me,” she says. “There was no limit to their imaginations during the recent ‘creating memorable characters’ workshop.”

"Chick lit is in its death throes"

Bridget Jones look out – a new breed of risk-taking, not-so-nice literary heroines is replacing the sad singletons

Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal, Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones, and Julia Stiles as 'the shrew' in Ten Things I Hate About You
Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal, Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones, and Julia Stiles as ‘the shrew’ in Ten Things I Hate About You Photograph: PR
In 1963 Cliff Richard had a No 1 hit with Bachelor Boy, which remained at the top of the charts for three weeks. The song is about a father advising his son to remain a “bachelor boy” until his “dying day”. Every time I hear it, I reduce myself to complete hilarity by imagining, say, Alma Cogan, delightedly singing “Spinstery Girl” – “and that’s the way I’ll stay-ay!” – while everyone in the country hums along approvingly, thumbs aloft. A single woman is a complicated thing, for society and for novelists (though not usually for songwriters, for whom she and her broken heart are bread and butter). A single woman of a certain age – a spinster – is more alarming still. Spinsters! Brr. All desiccated and withered, all lonely, all weird. Whiskery, probably. Cat-loving, stout-shoed, possessed of unusually intense and unsettling internal narratives, like Barbara Covett in Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal
It’s never helped that while bachelordom was presented as groovy – James Bond, say – spinsterhood has always seemed like an imposition. Bond gads about sexily, and no little lady can pin him down, but a woman placed on a shelf gathers dust and can’t get down by herself.

Road Trip: 'Best Bookstores in Chicago'

Shelf Awareness

Open Books, Chicago
"You know what you can't buy on Amazon?" asked Time Out Chicago. "A cozy nook to hang out and skim the new or used book you're about to buy. Knowledgeable staffers (not algorithms) to recommend favorite novels. Some of our favorite bookstores even offer coffee, wine or beer. 

So the next time you're on the hunt for a page-turner, browse the stacks inside these wonderful, well-read shops."

Why We Can’t Stop Reading — and Writing — Jane Austen Sequels

Why We Can't Stop Reading -- and Writing -- Jane Austen Sequels

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So desperately did readers want to return to Pemberley under competent authorial guidance that the book ruled the bestseller charts for quite some time — even if many readers felt it was neither particularly true to Austen nor gripping of its own merit: “A hideous, plodding, ungraceful piece of mawkish fanfiction that succeeds neither as a mystery or as a pastiche of Austen’s most beloved novel,” reads my favorite nasty Goodreads review. … Read More

The Roundup with PW

Big Losses, Big Questions for Amazon
Amazon's release of its third quarter financial results Thursday afternoon gave analysts and investors lots to think about as the giant e-tailer posted a large quarterly loss, forecast the possibility of a loss for the fourth quarter and had slowing growth in its media segment. more »

 Pottermore to Release Story on Halloween: J.K. Rowling’s will post a new original story about a key character from the Harry Potter books on Halloween.

Didion Doc Kickstarter Raises $80k: Joan Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, who will co-direct a documentary about his aunt, put the project up on Kickstarter yesterday. It reached its goal of $80,000 roughly 24 hours later.

Do Book Prizes Matter?: Winning the Man Booker really, really changed Richard Flanagan's life.

Dashner's Page to Screen Picks: 'The Maze Runner' author James Dashner offers a list of his favorite adaptations.

A 21st Century Literary Movement: It’s not science fiction, it’s not realism, but hovers in the unsettling zone in between. From Philip K. Dick to Stephen King, Damien Walter takes a tour through transrealism, the emerging genre aiming to kill off "consensus reality."

Zalaznick Appointed to Penguin Random House Board

Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed the first independent board member of Penguin Random House. 
She publishes the LZ Sunday Paper, a newsletter about women in business, media and culture, and earlier worked at NBCUniversal for 12 years, where she was president of TR!O network, president of Bravo Media, president of NBCUniversal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks (including Oxygen and Telemundo), and executive v-p and chairman of Entertainment, Digital Networks and Integrated Media.

She is also a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University and is on the board of directors of Shazam and the National Association of Television Program Executives.

Penguin Random House said that Zalaznick has "devoted her 30-year career to transforming the cultural landscape and brings extensive content, marketing and digital expertise to the Penguin Random House Board."

Shelf Awareness

Lily King, Roz Chast and Kate Samworth Win Kirkus Prizes

By  - October 23, 2014 7- The New York Times

The literary journal Kirkus Reviews announced on Thursday the winners of its first annual book prizes. The three winners each received a $50,000 award.
From Roz Chast's "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"Credit
The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast won in the nonfiction category for “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” a chronicle of coping with her aging parents. In her review in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote that in this work about her parents, Ms. Chast achieved “a new depth and amplitude of emotion.”

“Her account of growing up with them in Brooklyn as an only child,” she continued, “and her efforts, decades later, to help them navigate the jagged shoals of old age and ill health, is by turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Lily King earned the fiction prize for her novel “Euphoria,” inspired by the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead. In The New York Times Book Review, Emily Eakin said the book was “as uncanny as it is transporting,” adding that it was “a meticulously researched homage to Mead’s restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday.’
“It’s also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace — a love triangle in extremis,” she added.

Kate Samworth took home the young readers’ literature prize for “Aviary Wonders Inc.” The judges praised the book for “confronting environmental issues in a clever and whimsical way.”
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Austin, Tex., where the Texas Book Festival is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday.

B&N's Bronx Store to Remain Open

Shelf Awareness

Barnes & Noble has reversed a decision announced earlier this week to close its only store in the Bronx. The New York Times reported that B&N executives said yesterday the Bay Plaza location in Co-op City will remain open for at least two more years, following "efforts by Ruben Diaz Jr., the borough president, to negotiate a compromise between the bookseller and its landlord, Prestige Properties & Development." Under the agreement, B&N will receive a two-year extension of its current lease with no rent increase.

"I hope that, during this two-year extension, both companies are able to reach a long-term agreement that ensures their mutual success in our borough while keeping Bronxites employed," Diaz said. "This is a major victory for the Bronx."

He added that it was now up to Bronx residents to do their part: "If you want a store to flourish and stay here in our borough, you have to petition with your wallets. You've got to come here and buy books."

A Book to Make You So Angry You’ll Do Anything to Help

 By Kevin Myers | Friday, October 24, 2014 Off the Shelf

 I didn’t know anything about Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins, when I picked it up in 2009. I just thought the cover was interesting. Then, I read the blurb on the cover jacket and thought, “Whoa. This sounds intense.” And my instincts were right. This book made me angry. I wanted to do something to help the protagonists, even when they were doing horrible things to survive. I wanted to save them from themselves, to protect them, to tell them they’re worth everything in the world and to hug them until they believe it. Wait a minute, gang. I’m way ahead of myself here. 

Told in blank verses of poetry, Tricks is laid out in stanzas on the pages, and the poems contain other poems within them (you’ll see what I mean). The fictional story that unfolds tells of five young people who, through various circumstances, end up surviving in Las Vegas as underage prostitutes, “turning tricks” to survive the rotten hands dealt them by their families and lives. Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody come from families of various economic classes, religious upbringings, and sexual identities. 
As they all begin to experience what loves means to them, their young lives take turns both unfortunate and misguided. You’ll see how it’s very possible that young people end up in bad situations that no one ever intends or believes will happen to them. And it’s not a life of high-priced call girls and boys. It’s grotesque and horrifying. It’s the kind of stuff no one should ever have to deal with. -  More

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hot Book Trends from the Göteborg Book Fair

Today's Feature Story:

Saskia Vogel documents the hot book trends from the Göteborg Book Fair, including feminist texts, literary fiction, and more.

Sweden's book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable.
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At this year's Books in Browsers conference, many speakers addressed the importance and relevance of standards for ebooks and web content.
Watch Online:

Watch the live stream video from the second day of Books in Browsers, a summit for developers and designers working in book publishing and storytelling.
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The International Publishing Association released data indicated the UK lead the world in new titles published per capita and export revenue in 2013.