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Book Bits: New Bond Novel, ‘The Yellow Birds,’ ‘The Black Box,’ Hemingway’s Cats

Today in Literature reminds us that on this day in 1976 Saul Bellow delivered his speech in acceptance of the Nobel Prize. Interesting story. Now, here are your readers’ and writers’ links for 12/12/12:

  1. boydNews: New Bond Novel to be Set in 1969, by Linda L. Richards – “Author William Boyd (Any Human Heart) has become the third writer invited to play in Ian Fleming’s fictional world. Boyd’s Bond novel will come out in the fall of 2013, just in time to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of James Bond. ” January Magazine
  2. News: World Chefs: Keller shares memories, spotlight in latest book, by Richard Leong – “Thomas Keller, one of America’s most respected chefs, shares the food memories of his childhood and his time in France in his new book “Bouchon Bakery,” which is also the name of his chain of pastry shops in the United States.”  Reuters
  3. Viewpoint: Stop giving war-veteran novelists a free pass, by Mike Larson – “‘The Yellow Birds’ is considered one of this year’s best. Are critics too scared to pan our servicemen? ”  Salon
  4. Quotation: “An Italian reader wrote to describe how he met his wife. She was on a bus, reading one of my books, one that he himself had just finished. They started talking, they started meeting. They now have three children. I wonder how many people owe their existence to their parents’ love of books.” –Author Ian McEwan in the New York Times about the best fan letter he had ever received. – From ShelfAwareness
  5. BK02BLACKBOXReview: “The Black Box,” by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Sandra Dallas – “In the past 20 years, Michael Connelly has produced 25 novels (45 million books in print), most of them about Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch. So it’s inevitable that some are better than others. “The Black Box” is one of the others.”  The Denver Post
  6. Feature: How Ernest Hemingway’s cats became a federal case, by Warren Richey – “The descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s cats – dozens of them – freely roam the writer’s former home, now a museum. In a controversial court case, a judge says the felines must be regulated under federal law.”  The Christian Science Monitor
  7. Feature: Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013, with comments by Liviu Suciu – “As 2012 is coming to an end, I put together a list of my highly awaited sff/related books of 2013 with a few comments and some (possibly not final) covers. I divided them into a few self-explanatory categories with a more or less chronological listing.” Fantasy Book  Critic
  8. violinReview: “The Violin,” by David Schoenbaum – “Schoenbaum (The United States and the State of Israel, 1993, etc.) writes fondly and expansively about the instrument he plays for pleasure.”  Kirkus Reviews
  9. Feature: Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum – “Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of ‘informational texts’.”  The Telegraph
  10. Essay: On Reading Books That Are Too Old for You, by Nicki Leone – “I am a person whose life has been changed more often by books than by actual real people. But in terms of paradigm-shifting books, the world is no longer the same as it was moments ago book, there are a couple that stand out, all read when I was very young—maybe ten or eleven years old. ”  BiblioBuffet
  11. Feature: Turning Traditional Magazines into “Social Hubs” by Alex Hutter – “Proactive editorial teams could make their magazines not only containers of content, but also hubs around which people can connect.”  Publishing Perspectives
  12. Lists: Seven Types of Misspellings, by Mark Nichol – “Most misspellings can be categorized in one of seven groups. Here are some examples for each of those types.”  Daily Writing Tips
  13. broadwellDiscussion: Biographers Debate: When Tell-Alls Tell Too Much (or Not Enough), by Samuel Slaton – “The revelation that Paula Broadwell had been sleeping with David Petraeus while she wrote the four-star general’s biography (whose title, All In, proved irresistible fodder for countless suggestive parodies) has been making waves for weeks—Petraeus resigned as the director of the CIA and Broadwell was lambasted by the media for having crossed personal and professional lines.” Publishers Weekly
  14. Lists: 10 Books Your Relatives Are Going to Be Talking About This Holiday Season That You’ve Never Heard Of, by Emily Temple – “Going home for the holidays can be stressful — especially if yours is the kind of going home that includes putting everyone even remotely related to you in the same room with a bunch of alcohol.” Flavorwire
  15. 12tribesReview: “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” by Ayana Mathis, reviewed by David Madden – “The saga of Hattie Shepherd, an African American who leaves Georgia in 1925 in pursuit of the American dream in Philadelphia, may sound as if it would be made of common elements. But the talent of her creator, first-time novelist Ayana Mathis, is uncommon, as the opening pages of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie—an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection—make clear.”  BookPage
  16. leguinFeature: The Real and Unreal: Ursula K. Le Guin, American Novelist, by Julie Phillips – “It’s been fifty years since Ursula K. Le Guin sold her first short story. Since then her books have been read, taught, quoted, thrust upon acquaintances, put at the top of Occupy reading lists. Over the course of a long, unpredictable, idiosyncratic career, she has written contemporary fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and essays. But she still has one unfulfilled ambition: to be discussed not in genre but in literary terms. She told me recently, “I would love to see somebody, somewhere, sometime, just talk about me as an American novelist.””  Bookslut
  17. louiseInterview: National Book Award Winner Louise Erdrich: How I Write, by Noah Charney – “The author of Round House, the newly crowned National Book Award fiction winner, talks about her new prize and the setting of her novel.”  The Daily Beast
  18. News: Hugh Howey Lands Simon & Schuster Book Deal, by Jason Boog – “Since he self-published the book (“Wool”) in July 2011, Howey has sold 300,000 eBook copies of his novella series, landed a book deal in the UK and saw his book optioned for film.”  GalleyCat

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy novels and paranormal short stories.

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