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BOOK BITS: Frankfurt Book Fair, John Cleese, Hillary Mantel, those heavy National Geographics

Welcome to ” Book Bits” for October 11, 2012.

While most of us are going about “business as usual,” a fair number of the world’s authors, publishers, distributors and booksellers are in Frankfurt between October 10 and 14, exploring the 7,000 international exhibitors’ wares and taking part in or attending the 3,200 events. Click on the logo to learn more from the Fair’s website.

Here are today’s writers’ and readers’ links:

  • News: Yann Martel Endorses Ang Lee’s Life of Pi Film Adaptation, by Maryann Yin – “In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Life of Pi author Yann Martel gave his stamp of approval for Ang Lee‘s 3D film adaptation. He said that Lee’s film is ‘incredibly faithful to the book’ not only in plot, but also in ‘the idea, the intent.’” GalleyCat
  • News: John Cleese Lands Book Deal, by Jason Boog – “Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda star John Cleese has inked a deal with Random House Group (UK) and Random House Inc. (US) for his autobiography. The title and the publication date have yet to be announced.” GalleyCat
  • Interview: Food writer Isabel Hood, with Morgen Bailey – “I was blessed to grow up in Mexico, a land of luminous skies and rainbows, of snow-capped volcanoes and cascades of scarlet bougainvillea, of dazzling beaches and torrential downpours! – and some of the most fabulous food in the world, which is what led me into food writing. ” Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog
  • Book Festivals: Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in downtown Newark October 11-14; Wordstock at a variety of venues in Portland (OR) October 11-14; Tennessee Wiliams Festival at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale,MS, October 12-13; Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza in Nashville October 12-14.
  • Feature: Ten Ounces by Elizabeth Creith – Do you love and then save every issue of National Geographic Magazine? If so, just how much do all those back issues stashed in the basement weigh? BiblioBuffet
  • News: J.K. Rowling: My next book will be for kids, by Dylan Stableford – “”I think probably the next thing I write, or the next thing I publish, will be for children,” Rowling told attendees at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England on Sunday.” The Lookout
  • Author’s Profile: The Dead Are Real: Hilary Mantel’s imagination, by Larissa MacFarquhar – “What sort of person writes fiction about the past? It is helpful to be acquainted with violence, because the past is violent. It is necessary to know that the people who live there are not the same as people now. It is necessary to understand that the dead are real, and have power over the living. It is helpful to have encountered the dead firsthand, in the form of ghosts. The New Yorker
  • How To: Everybody Does It—Common Writing Mistakes, by Beth Hill – “I won’t presume to say I know the 10 or 25 most common fiction writing mistakes of all writers of all time, but I will give you a list of those mistakes that I see again and again.” – The Editor’s Blog
  • Viewpoint: National Book Awards: Genre fiction dissed again, by Laura Miller – “The National Book Awards name five worthy finalists but ignore “Gone Girl” and 2012’s top crime, sci-fi and fantasy ” Salon
  • Review: San Miguel by T. C. Boyle, reviewed by Pat Acree in ‘This Land is Our Land’ – “ew authors so easily disassemble the American dream as T.C. Boyle. Over the course of 13 novels, he has made it a signature move to take the core tenets of our identity—the right to define your sense of place, to own and control the land beneath your feet—and dissect them, move the pieces around and put them back together however he likes. This theme returns in his new novel, the surprisingly restrained San Miguel.ew authors so easily disassemble the American dream as T.C. Boyle.” BookPage
  • News:Writers Groups Want Publisher-Google Terms Made Public, by Jim Milliot – “The American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have asked the Department of Justice to review last week’s settlement between the AAP and Google that ended the publishers’ seven-year copyright fight with the giant company. Most of the details in the agreement are confidential and the three organizations, worried that the settlement could hurt authors’ rights by selling copyrighted books illegally, said they want the DoJ to see if the deal may violate antitrust laws.” Publishers Weekly
  • News: Finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards were named this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program by David Steinberger, chairman of the National Book Foundation’s board of directors. Winners will be announced November 14 in New York City. Fiction: 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) – See the complete list here.

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of satire and contemporary fantasy. His paranormal short story “Moonlight and Ghosts” was released for Kindle and other e-book formats September 26.

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