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Book Bits: MGM picks up Moyes’ novel, Salinger biography, ‘Merivel,’ Era of story over craft?

BookBitsThis is a rainy day in Georgia. What better time to stay inside and read about books, authors, and the world of writing. Here are your writing links for January 30, 2013.

  1. News: Amazon: E-book Sales Soared, Print Crawled, by Jim Milliot – “In a statement accompanying its fourth quarter and full year results for 2012, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos neatly summed up where he sees the future of book retailing heading–especially for his company.” Publishers Weekly
  2. MGMNews: MGM picks up rights to Jojo Moyes’ romance novel ‘Me Before You’ – “’Jojo’s book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years,’ said MGM president Jonathan Glickman. ‘We’re so thrilled to collaborate with her on creating a classic film romance that lives up to this exceptional novel.’” The Wrap
  3. News: Globe and Mail Cuts Book Section… Until it Bleeds, by Linda Richards – “Sad to report that the Globe and Mail, once Canada’s most important newspaper, has further cut its books section. According to NOW Toronto, ‘Editor Martin Levin and assistant editor Jack Kirchhoff will no longer serve in their posts, leaving the national newspaper without a literary editor.’ ” January Magazine
  4. indigospringsReview: “Indigo Springs,” by A. M. Dellamonica, reviewed by Cindy Hannikman – “Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid’s father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house.” Fantasy Book Critic
  5. How To: 5 Parallelism Problems in In-Line Lists, by Mark Nichol – “Constructing an in-line list — a series of items in a sentence — seems like a straightforward task, but writers frequently err in their attempts to produce parallel structure.” Daily Writing Tips
  6. Viewpoint: Feminism Fizzles: Where is Betty Friedan when we need her? by Rachel Shteir – “The most talked-about WOW of 2012 have all been dissected individually. But cumulatively, their disappointments exceed their individual shortcomings. Together they fail as both snapshots of the present and maps for the future.” The Chronicle of Higher Education
  7. CJInterview: C. J. Lyons with Jane Friedman in ‘Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds,’ – “Because CJ represents an emerging model of hybrid author, I asked for her perspective on questions of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. I am very grateful to her for spending some of her precious writing time to offer such insightful information.”  Jane Friedman
  8. News: Biography of J.D. Salinger Coming in September, by Dave Itzkoff – “J.D. Salinger, one of the most reclusive authors of the modern era, will be the subject of a new biography written by David Shields and Shane Salerno and released by Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp, the publisher, said on Tuesday.”  The New York Times
  9. Quotation: “What inspires me most are the interactions I get to have with customers, colleagues and total strangers over good books. I’ve met some of my favorite people because of my involvement with books, and when I visit bookstores in other cities I feel like I’m taking part in this big, constantly evolving dialogue that I wouldn’t have access to were it not for reading.” – Aaron Neber, Helping Hands Book Store, Tempe, AZ – from ShelfAwareness
  10. GoodEarlReview: “One Good Early Deserves a Lover,” by Sarah MacLean – “At moments heart-wrenching, at moments comedic, at all times entertaining and satisfying, this book deserves a read if you’re a romance fan.” Kirkus Reviews
  11. Feature: Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death – “Fans of Frost’s works have another reason to pay special attention to his legacy this week: Jonathan Reichert, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has just donated a rare collection of Frost materials to the university.” NPR
  12. Lists: 10 of the Most Twisted Short Stories About Love, by Emily Temple – “We’ve put together a list of ten of our favorite thoroughly messed up short stories about love. But of course, the literary world abounds with these, so read through and add your own twisted favorites in the comments.” Flavorwire
  13. merivelReview: “Merivel: A Man of His Time,” by Rose Tremain, reviewed by Sarah Johnson – “In this wonderful sequel to Restoration (1990), set 16 years later, Tremain’s lovingly flawed protagonist, Sir Robert Merivel, pens a second riveting memoir. He aspires to leave nothing out, and readers will be the grateful beneficiaries of his witty, observant reflections and self-deprecating honesty.” Book List
  14. News: Campbell Scott to direct, star in Didion’s ‘Prayer,’ by Dave McNary – “Joyce McKee, Rachel LeMin adapt Central America-set story”  Variety
  15. Feature: Her Aim Is True: Rebecca Dana’s ‘Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde’ by Cindy Widner – “Rebecca Dana won’t dish. Seriously. She has nothing but great things to say about the social circles in which she has trucked, mingled and reveled since she moved concertedly to Manhattan in 2007.” Kirkus Reviews
  16. mothervineEvent:  Mother Vine Festival, Barnhills Books, 811 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina – “Come vote for you favorite Winery and check out NC Women writers, musicians and artists all during the festival.  Each winery will taste out their best to wine the first ever Mother Vine Award! Your votes are needed! Gift certificates for Barnhill’s will be drawn for through-out the festival. Feb 1st- 16th “
  17. News: Time Inc. Cuts Some 500 Jobs, Biggest Layoffs in Years, by Nat Ives – “Time Inc., the publisher of magazines including Time and Sports Illustrated, has begun eliminating about 6% of its head count — nearly 500 jobs — in the biggest round of cuts at the company since 2008. ” Advertising Age
  18. Viewpoint: Does Story Trump Craft? – “Having been an editor for years and an aficionado of both literary and genre fiction, I’ve always advocated the position that “writing craft” is of primary importance. But I wonder if it’s time to change my tune. Are we entering an era in which the story is the single most important element, and issues of “craft” are secondary if considered at all?” Rachelle Gardner
  19. News: Yesterday, Hilary Mantel became the first author to win both the Costa Book of the Year and Man Booker Prize in the same year when Bring Up the Bodies took the £30,000 (US$47,073) Costa prize, which recognizes “the most enjoyable books of the last year by writers based in the U.K. and Ireland.” The inaugural £3,500 Costa Short Story Award was won by Avril Joy. – ShelfAwareness

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy novels including “Sarabande” and the upcoming adventure “Ther Seeker.”

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