From the BBC: J.K. Rowling’s house in Scotland has been sold for more than 2.25 million pounds.
Archive for the ‘People’ Category
Says it all.
From the Associated Press:
TORONTO (AP) — Will Ferguson has won one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards for a novel about a Canadian family’s entanglement in a Nigerian email scan. Ferguson won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book “419” on Tuesday. A kilt-wearing Ferguson pulled out a flask during his acceptance speech and raised a toast to the written word.
The $50,000 Giller prize honors Canadian fiction. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler and Alice Munro. The Giller was created in 1994 by businessman Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller. It honors the best in Canadian fiction.
From Mental Floss: Six famous ghostwriters. My favorite (not on their list) is Ohio’s own Mildred Wirt Benson (1905-2002), who wrote many, many books, including some of the Nancy Drew books, under the name of Carolyn Keene.
From the Los Angeles Times: The 2012 Whiting Awards, presented by the Whiting Foundation, have been given out to 10 authors.
From Brain Pickings:
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
— Carl Sagan
From Shelf Awareness:
Hilary Mantel became the first woman and the first British writer to win the £50,000 (US$80,502) Man Booker Prize twice when she was honored Tuesday night for her novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second installment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Mantel also won in 2009 for Wolf Hall. Australian Peter Carey and South African J.M. Coetzee are the other double Booker winners.
“Well, I don’t know. You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize… two come along at once,” said Mantel in her acceptance speech. She is currently working on a third volume, The Mirror and the Light, and called the award “an act of faith and a vote of confidence.”
Sir Peter Stothard, chairman of the Booker judges, praised the novel as “a very remarkable piece of English prose that transcends the work already written by a great English prose writer…. This is a bloody story about the death of Anne Boleyn, but Hilary Mantel is a writer who thinks through the blood. She uses her power of prose to create moral ambiguity and the real uncertainty of political life.” …
From TeachingBooks.Net: Authors reveal how their names are pronounced. Shown: Jon Scieszka.
Chinese writer Mo Yan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Publishers Weekly discusses his work.
From Shelf Awareness:
Finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards:
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s)
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco)
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown)
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (Random House)
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)
The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez (Lyons Press)
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry (University of Chicago Press)
Heavenly Bodies by Cynthia Huntington (Southern Illinois University Press)
Fast Animal by Tim Seibles (Etruscan Press)
Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Meme by Susan Wheeler (University of Iowa Press)
Young People’s Literature
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos (Simon Pulse)
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (Balzer + Bray)
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic)
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
From The Telegraph: J.K. Rowling’s home in Edinburgh, Scotland, is up for sale. Click through for more photos.
From the BBC, an interview with J.K. Rowling about her recently published novel, The Casual Vacancy. A few excerpts:
“… that is what the Casual Vacancy is. It is a parochial – literally – novel that’s looking at slicing through a society, with everything that that implies. That’s what I wanted to do.
“,,, I always know way more than I need to know. I have backstory on every character that I didn’t need. And, in fact, some of it was in the novel and I took it out. I just need to know much more than the reader does.
“… this is definitely a stand-alone book. I loved writing it but it’s a discrete story, it’s done. I’m not keen to leap into another series.
“… I think it very likely that the next thing I publish will be for kids. I have a children’s book that I really like, it’s for slightly younger children than the Potter books, and I think probably the next thing will be for children. I loved writing for kids, I loved talking to children about what I’d written, I don’t want to leave that behind. But I wanted to write this as well.”
From a press release:
- Fiction: Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin (Pantheon Books): The award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century: the Rape of Nanjing.
- Nonfiction: Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo (Free Press): Day of Honey is a beautifully written, fiercely intelligent memoir exploring the heightened resonance of cooking in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut.
From the Los Angeles Times: 12 essential books on presidential campaigns
“At the time of this writing, … large numbers of right-wing Americans are lost in fantasies about President Barack Obama. Obama is a stealth Muslim (one-third of conservative Republicans believed this as of August 2010, along with 20 to 25 percent of Americans generally). Obama was not born in the United States (45 percent of Republicans). Obama is a communist who is actively trying to destroy America. Obama wants to set up Nazi-style death panels to euthanize old people. Obama is the Antichrist (in a controversial Harris Poll, 24 percent of Republicans endorsed the statement that Obama “might” be the Antichrist).”
— The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
Good lord, and they think WE’RE crazy.
James Patterson tops Forbes’s list of high-paid authors, but this year’s list includes six women in the top 15:
- James Patterson ($94 million)
- Stephen King ($39 million)
- Janet Evanovich ($33 million)
- John Grisham ($26 million)
- Jeff Kinney ($25 million)
- Bill O’Reilly ($24 million)
- Nora Roberts ($23 million)
- Danielle Steel ($23 million)
- Suzanne Collins ($20 million)
- Dean Koontz ($19 million)
- J.K. Rowling ($17 million)
- George R.R. Martin ($15 million)
- Stephenie Meyer ($14 million)
- Ken Follett ($14 million)
- Rick Riordan ($13 million)
“Lonely children often have imaginary playmates but I was never lonely; rather, I was solitary, and wanted no company at all other than books and movies, and my own imagination.”
— Gore Vidal
From Entertainment Weekly: “The Encyclopedia Brown series centers on Leroy ‘Encyclopedia’ Brown, a boy detective nicknamed for his vast knowledge of facts, who helps his police chief father solve local cases, usually by dinner time. Sobol came up with the concept when he came across a book by chance at the New York Public Library. The book had puzzles on one side of the page and solutions on the other, and it occurred to him to write a mystery book in the same style.”
From The Boston Globe: “The Encyclopedia Brown books also featured Brown’s friend and detective partner, the tough and athletic Sally Kimball. John Sobol said his father was ahead of his times in creating a strong female character. ‘That was groundbreaking back in 1963 when the series was first published,’ Sobol said. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Encyclopedia Brown series. Donald Sobol’s latest Encyclopedia Brown adventure, ‘Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme,’ will be published in October, according to a release from Penguin.”
From The Millions: Did you know some famous writers made cameo appearance in films that had nothing to do with their writing?
From The Huffington Post: A slide show of famous-writers’ retreats.
This is wonderful! From the Herald Sun: A video of filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald interviewing his 12-year-old self. Funny!
From Flavorwire: 10 famous authors whose lives would make awesome books. Well, duh, Marquis de Sade, for one.
In memory of the late Nora Ephron, Lists of Note reproduces
Ephron’s own lists of what she will and won’t miss.
Funny: The Paris Review imagines drunk texts from famous authors.