Sunday Morning LitLinks

Just a bookstore… there’s no such thing. A shop and a dream closes in Peshawar. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Author, Toni Morrison, is among this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (The New York Times)

The Guardian posts its picks for the 10 best first lines in literature. (The Guardian)

The London Book Fair through the eyes of House of Anansi. (The National Post)

Short stories on the iTunes model? I can see that. (GalleyCat)

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is interviewed about her most bookish thoughts at (The New York Times)

The publishing industry fiddles with Pinterest to see how it could work for them. (Publishers Weekly)

Margaret Atwood, as only she can, extends the secrets of American inner-workings to the Martians. (The New York Times)

… and her name comes up again, as her WANDERING WENDA stories are adapted for television. (Quill & Quire)

Buying reviews on Amazon – verrrry depressing. (Dear Author)

“On this day in 1980 Alfred Hitchcock died at the age of eighty. Hitchcock averaged a film a year for over fifty years, and all but a handful of them began as a short story, novel or play. While many films came from ‘shocker’ or noir writers such as Robert Bloch (Psycho) and Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window), or more mainstream suspense writers such as Daphne du Maurier (The Birds, Rebecca), John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps) and Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train), a surprising number came from more famous or literary types — Conrad, Steinbeck, Galsworthy, Maugham, Wyndham Lewis, Sean O’Casey and others. Hitchcock worked with Thornton Wilder, and tried to work with Raymond Chandler, and wanted to work with Hemingway…” (Today In Literature)

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