Monday Morning LitLinks

Poking Martin Amis with a sharp stick has become a favorite literary sport. (The Wall Street Journal)

Joseph Conrad would be 155 years old now. The Atlantic ruminates on that. (The Atlantic)

What the stockbroker knows: Barnes & Noble makes Barron’s 10 Best Stocks list. (Business Insider)

Bestselling author, Wilbur Smith, sells his byline for £15million. (The Daily Mail)

…and the BBC has a look at this trend, as well. (BBC)

The Literature Prize gets a sponsor, but it’s all hush-hush on who or what it is. (The Bookseller)

…and the secrecy rubs The Guardian the wrong way. (The Guardian)

Deck the tree with a nod to reading. (BookRiot)

Simon & Schuster drops prices on their ebooks. (DigitalBookWorld)

Some romance authors offer their picks for the Best of 2012. (USA Today)

Lena Dunham landed a monster book deal. Gawker landed in a bit of a bruhaha by publishing the 66 page pitch that secured the deal. (The Guardian)

“On this day in 1896, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, opened and closed in Paris. The play caused a near-riot in the audience, and a tempest in the press over the next days; it is now regarded as a landmark moment in the history of modern theater, or the absurdist branch of it. Biographically the play was conventional enough: Pa Ubu was based upon Jarry’s high school mathematics teacher, the archetypal classroom tyrant. In Jarry’s caricature, Ubu became a grotesquely fat megalomaniac…” (Today In Literature)

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