Book Bits: Now suing Lance, ‘Wolf Hall’ on stage, Stephen R. Kellert, still waiting (for Godot)
You powers who make mankind your care
And dish them out their meals
Old Scotland wants no watery food
That splashes in dishes
But if you wish her grateful prayer
Give her a haggis!
Here are today’s links:
- News: Royal Shakespeare Company to Stage ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies,’ by Charles McGrath – “’Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies,’ Hilary Mantel’s pair of Man Booker Prize-winning novels about Tudor England, are coming to the stage.” The New York Times
- News: Lance Armstrong targeted in lawsuit over books – “Lance Armstrong lied for years about doping, and now some unsatisfied customers who bought his books want their money back. A Republican political consultant in Sacramento, Rob Stutzman, and a professional chef, Jonathan Wheeler, are spearheading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong.” Los Angeles Times
- Review: “Artful,” by Ali Smith, reviewed by John Wilwol in “An ‘Artful’ Approach To Literary Criticism” – “Ali Smith’s superb new book, ‘Artful,’ began as a series of talks on comparative literature that were delivered at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, in January and February of last year. It must’ve been one hell of a show. ‘The second week, the students had tripled,’ Smith told The Independent, and by the final week you couldn’t find an open seat in the back row.” NPR
- Lists: 8 Ways to Help Your Favorite Author – “You’ve got a book out, and you want to tell your friends and fans how they can help…Or you have friends who are authors, and you want to see them succeed.” Rachelle Gardner
- Lists: PW Picks: The Best New Books for the Week of January 28, 2013, by Gabe Habash – “This week, a creepy story collection, weird sex in the ancient world, and what matters in Jane Austen’s world. Plus: a great book with a very long title” Publishers Weekly
- Interview: Stephen R. Kellert (“Birthright: People and Nature in the Mondern World”) with Jacki Lyden – “In [Birthright], he tells stories of the environment’s effect on us, and ours on it. His writing builds on the traditions of Thoreau, John Muir and Rachel Carson. Modern society, he argues, has become adversarial in its relationship to nature, having greatly undervalued the natural world beyond its narrow utility. ” NPR
- Essay: Still Waiting: In the 60 years since Waiting for Godot premiered, no one has captured the ineffability of love like Samuel Beckett, by Stefany Anne Golberg – “About Waiting For Godot more has been written, considered, thought through, guessed at, and reasoned than possibly any play ever — at least any play in the last century. In writing about the ineffable, about the failure of knowing, Beckett opened up a whole can of speculative worms. People have guessed the play is about death. That it is about poverty. That it is about war. That it is about concentration camps. That it is about Christianity. That it is about waiting — whatever that means.” The Smart Set
- How To: The Essential Item You Need for Freelance Success That No One Dares Name, by Carol Tice – All start-up businesses need money and, while the business is getting underway, you also need money to pay your other bills. A lot of mentoring programs don’t mention this. – Make a Living Writing
- Upcoming Title: Briefly Noted: “The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince” – “Robin Hobb (aka Megan Lindholm) is releasing the fourth installment, a novella, in her ‘Farseer’ series next month. The book has a great title and a wonderful cover, so fantasy lovers who’ve been reading the series since it began in 1995 with ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ (followed quickly by sequels in 1996 and 1997) have every reason to expect another great tale after a rather long wait.” Magic Moments
- Commentary: Book Tours: Hell or Helpful? Author’s Snark Ignites Debate, by Jeff Bercovici – “Arecent column in Salon by “Go The F*** To Sleep” writer Adam Mansbach on the horror that is the under-attended bookstore appearance provoked a notably strong response.” Forbes
- News: Macmillan to Start E-Lending Program – “On the eve of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Macmillan is making “a select group” of e-books available to libraries for e-lending, the publisher’s first such program.” – ShelfAwareness . . .For more information, see the Publishers Weekly story.
“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of paranormal short stories and contemporary fantasy novels. Follow me on Twitter.