Archive for March, 2010

Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

“Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other ­people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.”

-PD James



Wednesday Evening Book Reviews

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Raquel Welch dishes and advises in her new book, BEYOND THE CLEAVAGE.

The Washington Post recaps, revamps, and swipes fresh at a list of new paperback releases.

Book reviewer and Langston University Gazette librarian, Ronnie Dollar, falls mesmerized by Anne Rice’s VIOLIN.

January Magazine raves over Guy Mirabella’s cookbook, EAT ATE.

Afternoon Viewing: David Goodwillie

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

From the Simon and Schuster YouTube description:

In David Goodwillie’s thrilling debut, the lives of a young radical and a failed journalist intertwine in the wake of a botched terrorist bombing.

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

National Book Award winner Colum McCann sells two new novels to Random House. (GalleyCat)

Blogcritics offers up “10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.” (Blogcritics Books)

Hissa Hilal still alive in the ‘Million’s Poet’ competition. (NPR)

David Barnett tracks some of the major moves in modern horror fiction. (Guardian Books Blog)

Gerald Posner takes plagiarism to new lows. (Miami News)

Digital distributor DailyLit making some of its excerpts available on Tumblr. (Publishers Weekly)

Alex Pareene previews Glenn Beck’s upcoming novel, The Overton Window. (Gawker)

Stephenie Meyer to return to bookshelves in June, with free content offered online. (BBC)

Evan Maloney traces the legacy of conflict between the church and Christian writers. (Guardian Books Blog)

R.I.P. June Havoc, actress and writer. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“On this day in 1631 John Donne died at the age of fifty-eight. Although his earlier poems and life were decidedly joie de vivre, Donne’s last years were all memento mori – his famous “for whom the bell tolls” Meditation was published in 1624, his final sermon was described by contemporaries as his own funeral oration, and his final weeks were spent sleeping beside his funeral shroud.” (Today in Literature)

Tuesday Quote of the Night

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

“The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.”

-Galileo Galilei



Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Wasau Daily Herald finds a picture book that will stir young and old alike: SIT IN: HOW FOUR FRIENDS STOOD UP BY SITTING DOWN, by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Perhaps the way forward is the way back?  Bruce Fleet and Alton Gansky think it just might be and, to that end, give us THE SOLOMON SECRET: 7 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL SUCCESS FROM KING SOLOMON, HISTORY’S WEALTHIEST MAN.

Robot6 corrals a herd of comic book reviews and commentary.


Afternoon Viewing: “Audrey’s Door” Trailer

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The trailer for Sarah Langan’s horror novel, Audrey’s Door, which won the Best Novel award at last weekend’s Bram Stoker Awards. (Hat tip to GalleyCat)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

AL Kennedy maps the ‘long-term illness’ of writing a novel. (Guardian Books Blog)

Italian journalist Tommaso Debenedetti busted for fabricating interviews with Philip Roth and John Grisham. (The New Yorker)

Jessie Kunhardt and Amy Hertz round up some surprising cases of book banning. (HuffPo)

The Diagram Prize for ‘the most bizarre’ book title goes to Crocheting Adventures With Hyperbolic Planes. (

Alison Flood discusses the joys (and frustrations) of piecing together memories of that forgotten book. (Guardian Books Blog)

Author Solutions inks a Kindle distribution deal with Amazon… (Publishers Weekly)

Not to be outdone, Smashwords signs a distribution deal with Apple for the iPad. (GalleyCat)

R.I.P. Randy Schaub, writer and Bookslut contributor. (Bookslut)

“On this day in 1880 Sean O’Casey was born, in the working-class ghettos of Dublin that he would later make famous in such plays as The Plough and the Stars. O’Casey’s six-volume autobiography is less-known, but Frank McCourt, who would cover the same sort of ground a half-century later, thought its realism a revelation and a welcome change to the Irish writers who “go on about farms and fairies and the mist that do be on the bog.”" (Today in Literature)

Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, March 29th, 2010

“Write a book you’d like to read. If you wouldn’t read it, why would anybody else? Don’t write for a perceived audience or market. It may well have vanished by the time your book’s ready.”

-Hilary Mantel



Monday Evening Book Reviews

Monday, March 29th, 2010


We’ve got a crop of business books in Dallas…

and a bushel of children’s book at Publishers Weekly.

Publishers Weekly also runs a comprehensive look at the state of poetry reviewing.

Haldee Soule Merritt pokes fun at the not-at-all-fun in ONE LUMP OR TWO?  THINGS THAT SUCK ABOUT BEING DIABETIC.

Afternoon Viewing: “Master of None” Teaser Trailer

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The trailer for Sonya Bateman’s debut novel—on sale tomorrow:

Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, March 29th, 2010

National Poetry Month kicks off this Thursday, April 1. (

Prolific author Walter Mosley talks about the books that make him emotional, what characters he relates to and more. (Dallas Morning News)

David Shields takes his Reality Hunger show on the road. (

Sri Lankan author Sarah Malini Perera arrested for offending ethnic Sinhalese Buddhists. (Sify)

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ likely to rile up some Christians. (ABC News)

Monica Hesse has an interesting lunch with Lionel Shriver. (Washington Post)

Lloyd Grove traces the rich legacy of betrayal and payback in literature. (The Daily Beast)

JK Evanczuk takes a literary journey, courtesy of Lapham’s Quarterly. (Lit Drift)

Carol Rumens takes on WH Davies’ “School’s Out” in her latest poem of the week. (Guardian Books Blog)

“On this day in 1815, Jane Austen completed Emma, the last of her novels to appear in her lifetime. That it appeared with a dedication to the Prince Regent, a person whose debauched lifestyle Austen had condemned, and a type she would normally satirize, is a story that might itself have stepped from one of her books — all of them written by “laughing at myself or other people.”" (Today in Literature)

Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

“Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.”

-Richard Ford




Sunday Evening Book Reviews

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

For something quite different (and dramatic), The Quarterly Conversation recommends FASCISM, ART, AND MEDIOCRITY: MONSIEUR PAIN by Roberto Bolaño.

DOG BOY by Eva Hornung scores a good review in USA Today.

Salon Magazine has got a review and an author interview posted for Nell Irvin Painter’s THE HISTORY OF WHITE PEOPLE.

And The Christian Science Monitor’s time machine skips back a couple of ticks and shows us what they thought of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN way back when JK Rowling was merely a mega-millionaire.

Afternoon Viewing: How to Make Your Own Kindle Case

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Elizabeth Day talks to the mother, wife and friends of the late Tim Guest about his unique life and strange death. (The Guardian)

Wen Stephenson says the new American trend of the literary manifesto rings a bit hollow. (NYTimes)

Mark Sanderson returns with a new collection of literary gems. (Telegraph)

Boyd Tonkin looks at the ripple effect of the ‘Lost Booker’ Prize. (The Independent)

Rachel Cooke discusses her experience as a ‘Lost Booker’ judge. (The Observer)

Carlos Fuentes, on the island of Puerto Rico to accept an honorary degree, takes the government to task for banning his books there. (AP)

“On this day in 1970, James Dickey’s Deliverance was published. Although praised primarily as a poet — thirty collections by the time of his death in 1997 — Dickey’s tale of four suburb-dwellers on a manly descent into camping nightmare is described as “an allegory of fear and survival” and “a Heart of Darkness for our time” by the critics; son Christopher describes it as the beginning of the end for Dickey himself.” (Today in Literature)

Saturday Quote of the Night

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

“Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.”

-Zadie Smith



Saturday Evening Book Reviews

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Inside The List is The New York Times’ weekly review teaser.  Have a peek.

Author Richard Ellis diagrams his concern for changing climates via the plight of the polar bear in ON THIN ICE: THE CHANGING WORLD OF THE POLAR BEAR.

Joe Hill may grow tired of being billed as “Stephen King’s son”, but his novel HORNS is making the review rounds on its own legs, by all accounts.

Bring your thinking cap and follow the buggy thread through Hugh Raffles’ INSECTOPDEDIA.

Afternoon Viewing: Joe Hill

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The American author and comic book writer talks about writer’s block and his chosen genres:

Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Hissa Hilal, cloak and all, may win $1.3 million on the United Arab Emirates’ “Million’s Poet” program. (AFP)

Even in death, Patrick White cannot outrun the literary prizes he detested so much. (The Independent)

Pankaj Mishra’s “Author, author” series rolls on with a celebration of America’s “little magazines.” (Guardian)

Slate ad critic talks about how to use Google TV ads to promote your book. (GalleyCat)

Keith Waterhouse wills his fortune to the woman he divorced 20 years ago, but who cared for him in his final days. (Telegraph)

New Zealand writer CK Stead takes the first Sunday Times short story award and the £25,000 that goes along with it. (BBC)

Stefan Zweig gets dusted off for a bit of ridicule. (Guardian)

Next time your manuscript gets rejected, turn to this heartwarming tale. (GalleyCat)

“On this day in 1802 William Wordsworth began writing “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” The poem contains some of his most well-known lines and ideas — that “the child is father of the man,” that “birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,” that “trailing clouds of glory do we come,” however these must fade.” (Today in Literature)