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Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, January 17th, 2014


sylvia day


Author, Sylvia Day, scores a reported eight figure advance to move to St. Martin’s Press and write romances for them. (The New York Times)

Feel the shift? Now it seems that ebooks won’t be making paper books obsolete after all. (Mashable)

Books as life rafts, in (The Guardian)

William Styron’s daughter offers a peek at his dark side. (Salon)

Mark O’Connell takes issue with the ‘Hatchet Job of the Year’ prize. (Slate)

Michael Kelley opines on the ALA’s Code of Conduct. (Publishers Weekly)

Roddy Doyle is all set to help footballer, Roy Keane, write his memoirs. (The Bookseller)

Consider these famous banned books. (Publishers Weekly)

Poet, Laura Kasischke. deconstructs the first sentence of her poem, THE FIRST RESURRECTION, in (Granta)

Ruthie Huston, who inspired THE YEAR OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE, has died. She was 99 years old. Rest in peace. (The Reading Life)

“On this day in 1775, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivalspremiered. This was Sheridan’s first play; below is the first entrance and first malapropism of his most famous character, at this point walking in on and then all over niece Lydia’s choice in books and beaus…” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, January 16th, 2014



The Edgar Awards post their nominees. (

Peter Damien takes a toolbox to his reading habits in the new year. (BookRiot)

Is it a good idea to change the ending in film adaptations? (Salon)

The everlasting journey of VC Andrews’ FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. (BuzzFeed)

What books sold best in 2013? (USA Today)

Facebook to the rescue of a wobbling bookstore. (GalleyCat)

Take Lewis Carroll’s advice and write better– emails. (The Huffington Post)

Writing as behavioral therapy? Interesting article in (Salon)

Hector Tobar remembers Susan Sontag on her birthday in (The Los Angeles Times)

Katie Heaney’s dating memoir about not dating is drawing quite a bit of notice. (Salon)

“On this day in 1874, Robert Service — the Kipling of Canada” — was born in Preston, England. When he was twenty-one, Service quit his bank job in Glasgow and hit out for Canada, serious enough about fulfilling his dream of becoming a cowboy that he brought his Buffalo Bill outfit along with him. Ten years later he was back working in a bank, at a branch in White Horse — where, by this time, the only rush was the one to get out of town…” (Today In Literature)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Sinead Morrissey


Sinéad Morrissey takes the 2013 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. (The Telegraph)

What to look for in books here at the top of 2014. (Quill & Quire)

The Scotsman profiles journalist, Tony Parker. (The Scotsman)

Questlove takes on the controversial nature of Amiri Baraka. (The New York Times)

Here’s a list of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award winners. (Jewish Book Council)

Here are the contenders for the award that honors the most scalding literary critique of 2013. (The Telegraph)

Translating Kafka is a bear. (The New Yorker)

If you don’t care for Hilary Clinton, there’s a reading list for that. (The Daily Beast)

Oyster, the e-reading subscription service, is getting traction funding. (GalleyCat)

James Frey might not be the most reliable cuss, but he know how to make money. (The Guardian)

Have a think on some of the best literary bromances with (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1891 the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam was born. While by no means the only writer driven to death by Stalin’s Reign of Terror, Mandelstam has become, for many, the symbol of all those so destroyed. This is partly due to his poetry — most rank him among the best Russian poets, some among the best of all 20th century poets — and partly due to his wife. Nadezhda Mandelstam salvaged many of Mandelstam’s banned poems by either memorizing them or collecting them in manuscript form…” (Today In Literature)


Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014



Former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, sets out to defend his book. (TIME)

Michael Morpugo pits his celebrity against developers. (The Telegraph)

Ted Gup recalls the antique book that sparked an obsession. (The New York Times)

Ian Fleming knew a thing or two about spying and the BBC will make a miniseries out of it. (USA Today)

The National Book Critics Circle announces its awards contenders. (The Millions)

One UK writer and her New York Times editing husband give a cancer patient a bunch of crap about her Twitter account. (Gawker)

A judge tells Apple to get on with it. (Publishers Weekly)

Are mid-list and new authors marginalized? (The Guardian)

Nathan Filer has a chat with (The Times)

“On this day in 1905 Emily (‘Mickey’) Hahn was born. With fifty-two books, a sixty-eight-year career at The New Yorker and a personal life of storybook proportions, it is hard to understand why Hahn is not better known. Perhaps it is also unnecessary: Hahn’s years in the Far East are currently the focus of a British movie and a Canadian television documentary, and her 1970Times and Places was reissued in 2001 (under the title No Hurry to Get Home). These New Yorker pieces certainly show that her strength, apart from her strength of character…” (Today In Literature)


Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, January 13th, 2014

michael connelly


Michael Connelly explains how he does it. (The Daily Beast)

When it’s so depressing, it’s uplifting: the conundrum of sad literature. (The Guardian)

Selling stuff in Seattle if you’re not Amazon is a tricky business. (Publishers Weekly)

What can great literature do for you? (The Daily Beast)

Old literary characters never die, they just keep getting rebooted. (The New York Times)

Is America’s culture of boozy writers as wet as we think it is? (NPR)

Author, Alan Burns, has died. He was 83 years old. Rest in peace. (The Guardian)

Scholar, C.T. Hsia, has died. He was 92 years old. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

Literature and cultural advocate, Nkenge Abi, has died. He was 61 years old. (Detroit Free Press)

“On this day in 1941 James Joyce died in Zurich at the age of fifty-eight, from peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer. Even without the dislocation of WWII, Joyce’s last years were beset with difficulties — the schizophrenia of his daughter, his son’s floundering career and broken marriage, his own poor health, ongoing battles over Ulysses and new worries aboutFinnegans Wake….” (Today In Literature)

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, January 12th, 2014




What do you do when a murderer writes a great book? (The New York Times)

Deborah Blum, author of THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK, answers some questions for (The Christian Science Monitor)

Meet a swath of the new class – debut authors of 2014 are profiled at (The Guardian)

Scribd battles pirated content woes. (Publishers Weekly)

Writers on TV: have a peek at 10 author cameos, courtesy of (BookRiot)

Lou Aronica talks mentoring at (Publishers Weekly)

A cache of Mary Shelley’s letters makes its way to daylight. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Author advocate, David Kuzminski, has died. He was 66 years old. Rest in peace. (

“On this day in 1876 Jack London was born, and on this day in 1893, London’s seventeenth birthday, he signed on for an eight-month stint as deck-hand aboard the “Sophie Sutherland,” a San Francisco sealer heading for the China Seas. The sealing voyage gave London his first published story, and eventually his second best-seller – The Sea Wolf, 1904 — but it is the seventeen years, taken all in all, which stamped him. Even if half of what has been written about London’s boyhoood is fiction …” (Today in Literature)


Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, January 11th, 2014




Kevin Baker secretly sat in on a Manhattan book club’s discussion of his book, DREAMLAND. It was awkward. (The New York Times)

Literary success is a math problem. Who knew? They’ve made a machine that can tally up a book and predict its success. (The Telegraph)

Shia LaBeouf is mad as hell and he’s not gonna… well, he not going to be a public figure anymore. (The New York Daily News)

… and he spends $25,000 to write in the sky to warn artists off their craft. (TMZ)

How it feels to be a famous writer, but not in your home country. (The New York Times)

Some well known writers offer advice to those who come after. (Aerogramme Writer’s Studio)

Take a peek at some opening lines of books out this week, courtesy of (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Here are some mystery and suspense titles that you may just want to add to your to-be-read list this year. (The Huffington Post)

The French are not a fan of Amazon’s free book delivery. (GalleyCat)

“On this day in 1903, novelist and reformer Alan Paton was born in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. Paton was the Principal of Diepkloof Reformatory in Johannesburg for twelve years; his first and most famous novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, was written in 1946 while he was away from home, touring reform schools and prisons in Europe and North America. Though an anguished cri de Coeur for racial tolerance, and now a modern classic, the book’s publication is pure Cinderella story….” (Today In Literature)


Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, January 10th, 2014



This is your brain on fiction. (The Independent)

This story is simply so weird, it’s difficult to headline. It involves Cormac McCarthy’s ex-wife and a really weird place to put a gun. (The Smoking Gun)

Gary Shteyngart makes some Canadians angry. (The Guardian)

Editor, Jeff Shotts, talks about doling out rejection. (Gray Wolf Press)

Sue Monk Kidd likes to be alone. (The New York Times)

Look for GONE GIRL to end differently on film than it did on paper. (The Bookseller)

Could Jane Austen ever have envisioned such a thing? (The New York Times)

Writers a re weird. Here are 20 examples. (MentalFloss)

Want to crowdfund your book? Read up. (Publishers Weekly)

Poet, Amira Baraka, although reported to be recovering, has died. He was 79 years old. Rest in peace. (NPR)

“On this day in 1997 Elspeth Huxley died. Huxley began a lifetime of journalism at the age of fourteen — polo correspondent for an East African newspaper — and wrote some thirty books in many genres, but her fame today comes from one best-seller, The Flame Trees of Thika. This autobiographical novel and its sequel, The Mottled Lizard, recount Huxley’s youth in Kenya, on ‘a bit of El Dorado my father had been fortunate enough to buy in the bar of the Norfolk hotel from a man wearing an Old Etonian tie.’…” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

sherlock holmes


Sherlock Holmes and all his particulars are now public property. (The New York Times)

Melville House issues a statement on Shia Labeouf’s plagiarism of Daniel Clowes’ work. (Publishers Weekly)

GF Newman takes a spin on the self-publishing ride. Here’s why. (The Guardian)

Read Zelda Fitzgerald’s prize-winning story, THE ICEBERG, in (The New Yorker)

Teju Cole cobbles together a short story made of other people’s tweets. (Slate)

Did you hear the one about the time Don DeLillo wrote as a girl? (Flavorwire)

Preview a trio of new sci-fi reads, courtesy of (The Chicago Tribune)

If you thought no one knew you were reading Mein Kampf(The Guardian)

“Showrooming” is killing bookstores. (Good E Reader)

Here’s a look at some fictional women who bucked their status quo. (The Huffington Post)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Bob Dylan


Is Bob Dylan a poet first or a musician? Dana Stevens and Francine Prose talk it out at (The New York Times)

Adam Dalva tucks his tongue into his cheek and explains how he is the model for Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH. (The Millions)

HOLLOW CITY picks up where MISS PEREGRINE left off.  Author, Ransom Riggs, talks to (The Christian Science Monitor)

Here’s a preview of what’s to land on the shelves in 2014. (The Huffington Post)

Laura Morris recalls Tom Rosenthal, an industry giant. (BookBrunch)

Have a book discussion and a drink or two. It’s the new thing. (Publishers Weekly)

Author, Nathan Filer, takes The Costa for his debut, THE SHOCK OF THE FALL. (The Telegraph)

BookRiot weighs in with their picks of the funniest books of 2013. (BookRiot)

Amy Chua, know for being the quintessential Tiger Mother, is back with a new book. (The Guardian)

“On this day in 1824, the Victorian mystery novelist Wilkie Collins was born. Though many of Collins’s twenty-five novels are now little-read, his “gaslight thrillers” were once very popular, and two – The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868) — have not only stayed in print but grown in reputation. Critics and historians view Collins as a master of suspense and the first in English crime fiction to bring psychological depth and literary flair to tales so sensational and lurid that they would otherwise belong to the crime tabloids….” (Today In Literature)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Aaaaaand we’re back…




First off, Shia LaBeouf, was plagiarizing left and right while we were away. (A.V. Club)

… and he equates authorship with censorship, and uses a lot of words he didn’t think up on his own. (Bleeding Cool)

… and apologized by skywriting. (CNN)

Eleanor Catton talks literature and elitism over at (Metro Magazine)

Rebecca Mead endeavored to summarize Jennifer Weiner’s efforts on all fronts in (The New Yorker)

If you never want a book deal, here’s how to do it. (Cracked)

Stephen King  joins Twitter. Some said it would never happen. (BuzzFeed)

Poet and playwright, Amiri Baraka, gave a scare, but is recovering at home in New Jersey. (NY Daily News)

Sadly, we lost a few in the past few weeks:

Novelist Hugh Nissenson, at age 80. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

Romance author, Janet Dailey, at age 69. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

Noveslist, blogger, and screenwriter, Ned Vizzini, at age 32. Rest in peace. (The Los Angeles Times)

Author Colin Wilson, at age 82. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

“On this day in 1972 American poet John Berryman committed suicide at the age of fifty-seven. His 77 Dream Songs won the 1964 Pulitzer, and the writing of some 300 more over the subsequent years earned Berryman international fame, but his personal problems kept pace. These seem to stem from the severe trauma of his father’s early suicide, but whatever the cause, living became a volatile and destructive mix of compulsions — work, alcohol, sex, and four packs a day….” (Today In Literature)


Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

bryan cranston


Bryan Cranston talks books with (The New York Times)

Really? US version of Morrissey’s autobiography reportedly edited to remove a relationship he details in the book. (Salon)

BookRiot has some fun with a few brilliant vintage sci-fi covers. (BookRiot)

Québec gets its fixed-pricing on books. (Publishers Weekly)

Amazon launches a short story imprint. (NPR)

Manil Suri takes this year’s award for Bad Sex in Fiction. (The Washington Post)

Mystery Writers of America awards the Grand Master and Raven prizes for 2013. (

High school basketball coach fired after writing a sex-advice book. (WGNTV)

Bookseller, Richard Brower, has died. He was 83 years old. Rest in peace. (Publishers Weekly)

“On this day in 1830 Christina Rossetti was born. Her still-growing reputation as one of the best English women poets is based largely on two collections, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862), and The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems(1866); her Sing-Song: a Nursery Rhyme Book (1872, 1893) is also highly-ranked among Victorian children’s books. Part of her fascination comes from her personal life, especially as lived on the outer circles of brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood….” (Today In Literature)

Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

James McBride


National Book Award winning author, James McBride, talks about how he does it. (The Daily Beast)

Jonathan Myerson diagrams why children’s fiction can never be great literature. (The Guardian)

New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel has been home to a good few great writers. (The Huffington Post)

John Freeman sits down with (The Independent)

Slate cherry picks 2013 for a selection of favorite literary lines. (Slate)

Anna Holmes and Pankaj Mishra talk about holiday reading over at (The New York Times)

A book within a book, with a twist. The Guardian looks at books gifted in literature. (The Guardian)

Some ancient manuscripts are set to be scanned into the ‘Net. (The Huffington Post)

Fine literature as financial advisor? Why not? (The Christian Science Monitor)

The 2013 Pandora Award reveals its shortlist. (Women In Publishing)

“On this day in 1903 the crime writer Cornell Woolrich was born. Woolrich (sometimes as ‘William Irish’ or ‘George Hopley’) wrote two dozen novels and over two hundred stories, most of them so dark that he has been called ‘the Poe of the 20thcentury.’ Looking at the many movies made from his work — most famously, Hitchcock‘s Rear Window and Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black…” (Today In Literature)


Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013



John Williams’ STONER wins Waterstones Book of the Year. (The Telegraph)

Albert Uderzo, co-creator of the Asterix comics, sues his daughter for “psychological violence”. (BBC)

Take the quiz and match the writer to his pet, over at (The Guardian)

Bookstore owner and author, Wendy Welch, has a chat with (WritersDigest)

Alice McDermott reflects on her reading for this year. (The Millions)

Granta Magazine interviews André Schiffrin. (Granta)

Have a look at a list of the best crime fiction of the century. (DoTheMath)

Salon gives their picks for ten graphic novels from 2013 that shouldn’t be missed. (Salon)

Author, William Stevenson, has died. He was 89 yeas old. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

“When 28 year-old Tom Williams finally left his parents’ Missouri home, he headed for New Orleans, for a new life as a writer, a newly-realized sexual identity as a homosexual, even a new first name: Tennessee. As he describes it in his Memoirs, the exchange of his mother’s “monolithic puritanism” and the middle-class Midwest for the bars and bohemians of New Orleans was a late coming of age, as a person and a writer….” (Today In Literature)

Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

laura lippman


Laura Lippman  offers up the story of how she came to write mysteries. (Publishers Weekly)

Some writers of note weigh in on the spectre of doubt: a writer’s everlasting companion. (Salon)

New York Magazine scales back its publication schedule. (The New York Times)

Kent University ends up falling all over itself, apologizing for sneering at genre fiction and children’s literature. (The Guardian)

So, how did it go with authors helping out in Indie bookstores on Saturday? (Melville House)

… authors loved it. (The Los Angeles Times)

Kirkus lines up their favorite teen books of 2013. (Kirkus)

Griff Rhys Jones is set to play Dickens on stage, and he has a chat about the writer with (The Telegraph)

Get that hardback in half an hour – right to your door. Amazon is looking to start delivering by drone. Not kidding. (The Los Angeles Times)

Editor and publisher, André Schiffrin, has died. he was 78 years old. Rest in peace. (The New York Times)

“On this day in 1867 Charles Dickens gave the first reading of his American tour. Like all but a few over the five months, the evening was a sell-out, some having slept out overnight to beat a ticket line almost a half-mile long. This first-night audience included all the great and triple-named of the New England literary elite – Henry Wadsworth LongfellowRalph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, Charles Eliot Norton — though not all were impressed….” (Today In Literature)

Sunday Morning LitLinks

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Ian Rankin


Ian Rankin talks money with (The Telegraph)

Imagine there’s no negative reviews allowed. (The New York Times)

Slate Magazine picks their favorite books of 2013. (Slate)

Rare book theft makes a rare story. (The New York Times)

Harlan Ellison once pitched a Batman episode. (io9)

Mark Twain was a crank. Enjoy! (Flavorwire)

The Denver Post takes on a marijuana editor. (Gawker)

Fifty years gone, remembering C.S. Lewis. (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1821 Percy Shelley’s “Adonais,” his elegy to John Keats, was published in England in the Literary Chronicle. The poem has become a cornerstone document for those interested in Shelley (left) or Keats, or in all that is best and incredible in Romanticism. By linking Keats’s death at the age of twenty-five to the Adonis myth, Shelley helped immortalize the idea of the ‘tortured Romantic,’ he who has one eye upwards on the pursuit of Beauty and Truth…” (Today In Literature)

Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, November 30th, 2013



It sounds as if the stage adaptation for Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL is going to be very good. (The Guardian)

What is a poem, asks (The Atlantic)

Some writers give thanks for a selection of wonderful photographs. (The New Yorker)

For durability, book are still the best way to store information. (Salon)

… and 62% of readers in the UK still prefer paper books to ebooks. (GalleyCat)

The New York Times unfurls its list of notable books for 2013. (The New York Times)

Editor, Peter Kaplan, has died. He was 59 years old. Rest in peace. (Gawker)

“On this day in 1667, Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin. The exact location seems pregnant with significance: a few blocks this way was St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Swift would be Dean; much closer that way, almost his backyard, was Dublin Castle, representing the Englishness he would both covet and skewer; the specific address, his uncle’s home at 7 Hoey’s Court, almost perfect for perhaps the most famous scoffer in literature….” (Today In Literature)

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Emma Thompson


Emma Thompson talks about playing author, P.L. Travers, with (The New Yorker)

English, as we all know, makes no sense. (

Three JD Salinger stories find their way onto the internet. (USA Today)

Author, Hannah Kent, turns to Iceland for inspiration. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Have a look at some beautiful literary posters. (The Huffington Post)

Unlike athletes, writers tend to get better with age. (The Los Angeles Times)

Meet Glen Miranker. He’s got more Sherlock than anybody. (Forbes)

Boswell’s papers give a glimpse at life in the past. (Standing Point)

Here’s a bookish gift guide for children and teens. (The Los Angeles Times)

… and one from (Publishers Weekly)

“On this day in 1811 a final notice appeared in the Richmond, Virginia Inquirer asking for donations in aid of the destitute young actress, Eliza Poe, and her children, two-year-old Edgar and his baby sister, Rosalie:
To the Humane heart. On this night Mrs. Poe, lingering on the bed of disease and surrounded by her children, asks your assistance and asks it perhaps for the last time. The Generosity of the Richmond Audience can need no other appeal….“ (Today In Literature)


Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Sherman Alexie


The inaugural Indies First Day will have famous writers volunteering in local bookstores. (The Los Angeles Times)

Adam Kirsch and Rivka Galchen talk Hannah Arrendt’s, EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM. (The New York Times)

The Costa Awards announce their shortlist. (The Telegraph)

Classics borne of writing stunts, from (

It’s 3,000 words or Richard Dawkins has taken the day off. (The Daily Beast)

Three years in and #ReaderThanks is becoming a Twitter pre-Thanksgiving tradition. (GalleyCat)

The Massachusetts Library System tests statewide ebook pilot program. (LibraryJournal)

20 bits of trivia about George Schultz is a good start. (The Huffington Post)

Here’s The Telegraph’s pick of 2013′s best sports books. (The Telegraph)

“On this day in 1953 Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbyewas published. Many say it is his best novel, and the biographers trace many connections to Chandler’s personal life, none of them happy ones. Nor would any of them have been encouraged by Chandler: Yes, I am exactly like the characters in my books…. I do a great deal of research, especially in the apartments of tall blondes. I am thirty-eight years old and have been for the last twenty years. I do not regard myself as a dead shot, but I am a pretty dangerous man with a wet towel. But all in all I think my favorite weapon is a twenty-dollar bill.…” (Today In Literature)

Tuesday Morning LitLinks

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

barbara kingsolver


Barbara Kingsolver remembers Doris Lessing. (Amazon)

James Smythe is up to FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT in his rereading of Stephen King’s entire catalog. (The Guardian)

You can get in on the ground floor with some of these bookish Kickstarter projects. (BookRiot)

Poetry and airports, in (The New Yorker)

If you’re looking to be a writer these days, this list of common terms and what they really mean can be quite helpful. (The New York Times)

HOMEFRONT author, Chuck Logan, talks about how Sylvester Stallone changed his book for the screen. (MPRNews)

Louise Erdrich takes top honors at the American Book Awards for her novel, THE ROUND HOUSE. (SCTimes)

Kirkus shares its picks for the best of 2013 children’s books. (Kirkus)

Will fan fiction be the next big thing? (Pacific Standard)

Children’s author, Charlotte Zolotow, has died. She was 98 years old. Rest in peace. (NPR)

“On this day in 1919, twenty-two-year-old William Faulkner published his first prose, a short story entitled “Landing in Luck.” It is a lighthearted tale about an air force cadet’s first solo flight, and it gives little sign of the style or fame to come, but the autobiographical details behind its telling are pure, playful Faulkner….” (Today In Literature)