As the Book World Turns

We’re seven days older and so is the book world.  Here’s what went on this week:

After thirteen months of consideration, Judge Danny Chin rejected the Google settlement (NYT) calling Google’s proposed deal for putting millions of books online, “not fair, adequate and reasonable.”  Publisher’s Weekly also had a good run down of the whole affair between Google, the Association of American Publishers, the Author’s Guild, and the American Library Association.

Fear and Loathing turned 40 and around here we all recalled our favorite Thompson lines. (On living through the mid-1960’s: “…Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting – on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark – that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”)

Elizabeth Taylor passed away this week and the Los Angeles Times provided an extensive round-up of reading material to remember her by.

It was a good week for Sarah Vowell, whose new book Unfamiliar Fishes was released to much fanfare. We loved her on The Daily Show and The Millions had a good write up of the new book.  Vowell will be here on April 2nd.

The Oxford English Dictionary adds the words couch surfing, party-crasher, muffin top, LOL, OMG and a few others to its pages.

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie trailer was released.  Bonus Potter:  an interview with the copyeditor.

The Children’s Choice Book Awards finalists were revealed. The virtual voting booth is now open for kids to pick their favorite authors by grade level.

Sag Harbor author Colson Whitehead has finished a new novel – about zombies!

Frank Cottrell Boyce will write a sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, following in the footsteps of Ian Fleming, who wrote the original.


Amy Tan will publish a new novel, The Valley of Amazement, with HarperCollins.

Valerie Plame to write series of Irish spy novels.

Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak has a new book coming out about a partying pig.

Self-publishing sensation Amanda Hocking made big news with her four book, $2 million deal with St. Martin’s.

Indiana’s Republican governor Mitch Daniels, an early favorite for the Republican nomination in 2012, will write a book tentatively titled Keeping the Republic: Limited Government, Unlimited Citzens.

Actress Kate Winslet will publish The Golden Hat to raise awareness of austism.

Ellen Degeneres has bank roled the option to produce the latest Jodi Picoult bestseller, Sing You Home.


Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hines wins the inaugural Lyn Ward Prize for graphic fiction.

Bi Feiyu wins wins the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel, Three Sisters.

Austin Ratner wins the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature (and $100,000!) for his debut novel The Jump Artist, published by Bellevue Press, the same folks who brought us the Pulitzer Prize winning Tinkers by Paul Harding.

Hey aspiring writers, it’s National Novel Editing Month! Break out that manuscript this weekend and hole up with a red pen and all your hopes and dreams.

It’s supposed to hit ninety-four degrees Saturday. Stay cool, like we already know you are.

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