As the Book World Turns

Beautiful Friday, let us rejoice in book news!

According to The LA Times, James Franco has begun casting for his new film adaptation of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Head down to Mississippi for your chance at fame!


Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a cart in Costco this week, when the store refused to carry her book because of the use of expletives on the back cover. “Apparently intent on drawing attention to her book, Rivers arrived at Costco in Burbank on Tuesday with a film crew in tow, chained herself to a shopping cart and used a bullhorn to share her complaints.” The LA Times calls it the “best book publicity stunt of 2012.” Click here to read the full article.


The New York Times ran a great interview with A Beautiful Mind author Sylvia Nasar this week.

What book had the greatest impact on you? What book made you want to write?

I haven’t thought about O. Henry in years, but I suppose his stories had a great influence on me. Also, Agatha Christie. Until I actually did it, I never had the idea of writing a book. I was particularly inspired by Nora, by Brenda Maddox, the biography of James Joyce’s wife, and The Man Who Knew Infinity, about Ramanujan, the Indian mathematical genius, by Robert Kanigel.”

To read the full article click here.


PW chose some of the ‘Most Difficult Books’. Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood and Virgina Wolf’s To the Lighthouse made the list, generating plenty of discussion. Check out their complete list, and leave your picks!


And although this was not published this week, it does start the weekend off just right! PW gives 6 Authors Who Never Quit Their Day Jobs. So awesome, and an inspiration to all us writers. Happy end of the work week dears!

“Lewis Carroll

Day Job: Teacher, Mathematician, Inventor

Lewis Carroll wrote multiple books in mathematics under his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, while also working on the books that he would later be immortalized for like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He also carved out a bit of spare time for inventions, including a writing tablet called the nyctograph that allowed for nighttime writing. But the day job that occupied nearly half his life (26 years) was as a teacher at Christ Church, where he remained until his death.”

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