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News Thu Jul 30 2009


  • John Schwenkler at The American Scene thinks Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is one of the worst children's books ever. Commenters debate heartily.
  • NPR discusses Dave Eggers's Zeitoun.
  • Joshua Ferris has a new story, "The Valetundinarian," in this week's New Yorker.
  • NPR talks to Achy Obejas about her latest book, Ruins.
  • Keir Graff of Booklist Online points to a video of local young adult author Dan Kraus talking with AL Focus about his upcoming novel The Monster Variations.
  • More from Keir Graff: An audio file of the recent "Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other?" forum that took place in Chicago earlier this month.
  • The Newberry Library thanks your for your Book Fair patronage, but not for ripping off the cover of the first volume of that Samuel Johnson biography or for donating your stereos, VCRS and adding machines.
  • The Guardian pans a musical on Ernest Hemingway that's closing four weeks early, saying it "doesn't even fall into the so-bad-it's-good category."
  • According to the Sun-Times, Amazon is offering a discount on pre-orders for Rod Blagojevich's book, The Governor. Or, you can always line up at the bookstores at midnight, à la Harry Potter.
  • More shameless author self-promotion, this time by Marcus Sakey, author of the upcoming The Amateurs who is offering prizes (signed hardcover books!) for people commenting, tweeting and...facebooking?...answers to his daily "Ready, Go" question. Full list of rules and prizes here.
  • Start placing those Booker bets -- JM Coetzee's Summertime is the favorite to win the prize.
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