ANTE-BOOK: Founder of New York Review of Books has a vision
of the future - a huge Web-based consortium, open to all publishers
- old and new, large and small - that would create an annotated
index of all books in print.
THE CLUB: Newspapers have discovered the book club. Several
newspapers have started book clubs, and book retailers are rejoicing.
Publishers Weekly 11/30/99
THE HIGH ROAD: French publisher has found a way to mine her
country's intellectual elite and her countrymen's passion for
ideas and produce a formula for commercial success. Financial
POEM PROJECT: Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's crusade to unleash
the power of poetry. A conversation about collaboration, creative
writing programs and the religion of art. Feed
"VERY DEFINITION OF CANADIAN LITERATURE" Al Purdy
is the rarest of the rare - a poet who actually makes a living
being a poet - indeed, is celebrated for it.
RELATION: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Library has a leaky roof.
Inside the employees shiver in the cold. Now the Missouri library
has gone to court battling heirs and publishers to get a piece
of its namesake's estate, which it says it was promised. New
York Times 11/23/99 (one
time registration required)
MEETS LITER-ature at Wednesday night's National Book Awards.
The winners: Ha Jin in fiction for "Waiting," John W.
Dower in nonfiction for "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake
of World War II," Ai in poetry for "Vice: New and Selected
Poems" and Kimberly Willis Holt in young people's literature
for "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town." Winners aside,
it was a star-studded evening. Washington
York Times account (one-time
CHAPTER: Canadian Government investigates practices of book
super-retailer. Declines full inquiry but says some of Chapters'
practices are concerning. Toronto
Globe and Mail 11/18/99
BOOK AWARDS TONIGHT: Steve Martin hosts, Oprah Winfrey to
get honorary prize. The writers? There's "little glamour
among the actual nominees this year." (AP)
Cleveland Plain Dealer 11/17/99
PARADOX: No major publishing nation boasts more world-class
publishers per capita, more enticing book design or lower list
prices. So why do Italians buy so few books? Publisher's
INEVITABLE FUTURE OF THE BOOK BUSINESS: International panel
at Frankfurt Fair discusses the future of publishing. A bookless
book industry? E-books, publishing on demand and book chips. Publisher's
GOVERNOR GENERAL LITERARY AWARDS ANNOUNCED: Matt Cohen's "Elizabeth
and After" wins English prize. The French language fiction
prize goes to Lise Tremblay for "La Danse juive." CBC
New Orleans writer e-mails off her e-book to production company,
negotiates e-deal for a movie project. Production begins in January.
THOUSAND LINES OF POETRY: Simon Armitage has been appointed
official "Poet of the Millennium Dome." He'll compose
a 1000-word poem for England's millennial project. London
THE RAW EDGE OF LIFE: An assessment of double-Booker novelist
J.M. Coetzee's work. Boston
THEY CAN BEAT US AT CHESS... New fiction-writing computer
software spits out stories in seconds. Most people wouldn't
be able to tell it was a machine, says the software designer.
"This story does not fit my idea of what a computer would
write like," he says. "It breaks a lot of rules."
New York Times 11/11/99
"LOOSE CHANGE FROM A TORN POCKET": More highly-placed
editors and publishers are switching teams and becoming literary
agents. Does the world really need more literary agents?
New York Times 11/11/99
FOR REVIEW: Author buys tiny front-page ads in the New York
Times to try and goad reviewer Michiko Kakutani into paying
attention to his book.
YEAR FOR BIOGRAPHY: Bring out the life support. The biography
as a genre is having a rough time. Is it just a string of bad
luck or are serious literary changes in the works? Philadelphia
WRITE: Here's a parody of the New York Times' often overly-serious
column of writers writing what it means to write right. Salon
just got a big step closer. Microsoft and Donnelley
(the largest printer of US books) team up to make e-publishing
easy for publishers. Publishers
NATURE ABHOR A CURSOR AT REST? The drive to write, says
Richard Ford, is powerful for writers. Sometimes, though, it
works better if you don't. New
York Times 11/8/99 (registration
required for access)
SEARING AND CYNICAL": A review of J.M Coetzee's "Disgrace,"
which won the Booker Prize last week. Salon
LONG, ECCENTRICALLY STRUCTURED AND HIGHLY SELF-INDULGENT":
Nonetheless, Simon Schama's new Rembrandt biography is "fascinating
and admirable." London
HOT: Bonnie Burnard has won the Giller, Canada's top literary
prize with her story of a hardware store owner and his family.
Echenoz wins France's top literary prize
TROUBLE AT TALK: Turmoil at new magazine has staffers coming
and going. Insiders dish the dirt. Village
IS IT THE SERIOUS NOVELS THAT ALWAYS WIN? Dissecting the
thinking behind this year's Booker Prize for literature.
London Telegraph 11/3/99
POURING MONEY into e-startups. Publisher's
OF DISCREDITED BUSH BIO soars on internet auction sites
as publisher withdraws book. "Beanie Babies in hardback,"
one Borders manager calls it. Baltimore
at St. Martin's Press who quit after Bush debacle is hired
for Talk Magazine. Publisher's
BUSH BOOK: Critic tries to work up a good mad about St.
Martin's Press pulling George W bio last week, but finds he
can't. It's business as usual in the publishing world. Washington
How the Bush book incident went down. New
York Observer 11/1/99