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Book Bits: D. H. Lawrence war poetry, ‘Vera Gran: The Accused,’ Collin Kelley, Dunya Mikhail

BookBitsWelcome to “Book Bits,” a several-times-a-week feature containing links to book, author and publishing news, reviews and commentary, writing tips, and viewpoints from a variety of online sources. In most cases, clicking on the graphics will take you to book pages, authors’ websites and other information.

Here are your links for Monday, March 25, 2013:

  1. News: Abrams Announces Wimpy Kid #8 – “Eight’s the magic number (as in Magic 8-Balls) as Abrams Books for Young Readers announced the publication of the eighth title in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Monday. ”  Publishers Weekly
  2. News: Orders Cut, as Publisher and Retailer Quarrel, by Leslie Kaufman – “A standoff over financial terms has prompted the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble to cut back substantially on the number of titles it orders from the publishing house Simon & Schuster, raising fears among other publishers, agents and authors that the conflict may harm the publishing industry as a whole. ” The New York Times
  3. mulliganhomeReview: “Bringing Mulligan Home,” by Dale Maharidge, reviewed by Fred Setterberg – “When Steve Maharidge returned from war in the Pacific in 1946, he seemed a different man — “quiet and dark, often intoxicated. Steve pretty much remained drunk for the next four years,” writes his son, Pulitzer-winning journalist Dale Maharidge, in this harrowing chronicle of combat’s aftermath. Following Steve’s death, Dale began his 12-year quest to understand the roots of his father’s drinking and rage, pursuing the surviving members of L Company, his dad’s Marine unit, and ultimately connecting with 29 men who fought with him on Guam and Okinawa.”  Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  4. News: DH Lawrence’s poetry saved from censor’s pen, by Dalya Alberge – “DH Lawrence was an infamous victim of the censor as his sexually explicit novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned in Britain until 1960. Now a new edition of Lawrence’s poems, many rendered unreadable by the censor’s pen, will reveal him as a brilliant war poet whose work attacking British imperialism during the first world war was barred from publication.” The Observer
  5. kelleyFeature: Writer finds new muse for poetry, by Gina Webb – “Atlanta poet Collin Kelley was at a London gallery in 2010, taking in a retrospective of photographer Sally Mann, when he was gobsmacked by something in the Virginia-born artist’s otherworldly, black-and-white images. He saw eerie parallels to his own work — the poetry he’d set aside years earlier to focus on writing fiction.” The Atlanta Journal – Constitution
  6. How To: Book Publishing 101: What Publishers are Looking For – “Everyone — and I mean everyone — is working on a book. For some, it’s just a spark of an idea that hasn’t quite made it to paper; for others, it’s thousands of words socked away in a drawer or saved on an old laptop. Either way, the same question is bound to come up eventually: What does it take to get this thing published?”  Mashable
  7. MikhailInterview: Revisiting Iraq Through The Eyes Of An Exiled Poet – “Poet Dunya Mikhail fled her homeland, Iraq, a few years after the first Gulf War. She had been questioned by Saddam Hussein’s government, and state media had labeled her writing and poetry subversive. Mikhail escaped to Jordan and eventually reached the United States, where she made a home for herself — marrying, raising a daughter and becoming a U.S. citizen.” NPR
  8. howlQuotation: “On this day in 1957, U.S. Customs agents seized 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl on the grounds of obscenity. Ginsberg and his lawyers were not hopeful when they learned that the trial judge was a Sunday school teacher who had recently sentenced five shoplifters to a screening of The Ten Commandments, but the ruling was unequivocally for the poem.” – Today in Literature
  9. bloodonherbonnetFeature: Roll in the hay: The rise of the Amish romance novel, by Valerie Weaver-Zercher – “While not as steamy as 50 Shades of Grey, so-called “bonnet rippers” are selling like shoofly pies ” Salon
  10. Essay: Rodgers and Hart’s Dysfunctional Partnership, by Robert Gottlieb – “Richard was disciplined and controlling. Lorenz was undisciplined, uncontrollable, and often drunk. But it worked…The story of the irresistible and tragic Lorenz Hart, of his collaboration with the more grounded and less exuberant Richard Rodgers, and of the Broadway musical comedy from the twenties to the forties is the subject of Gary Marmorstein’s new soup-to-nuts biography of Hart, A Ship Without a Sail.”  The Atlantic Wire
  11. clearskiesReview: “Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility,” by Théodora Armstrong, reviewed by Zoe Whittall – “‘Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility’ is the first book to be published under Astoria, House of Anansi’s new short-fiction imprint, and it starts the list off with aplomb…Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility, is an exceptional debut.” The Globe and Mail
  12. Feature: Willa Cather’s Hidden Letters Reveal a Life More Depressed, by Jen Doll – “The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, an upcoming book edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout, is the first publication to contain the letters of the O Pioneers! author, who forbade their publication in her will. Now 65 years after her death, 566 of those correspondences, “nearly 20 percent of the total,” will appear in the compilation, due out April 16″  Atlantic Wire
  13. granReview: “Vera Gran: The Accused” by Agata Tuszynska, reviewed by Andrew Nagorski – “As a young girl, she idolized Marlene Dietrich; much later she sang with Charles Aznavour and was compared to Edith Piaf. Vera Gran, who burst to fame as a teenage Polish Jewish singer in the 1930s, craved admiration. “I wanted to stir emotions,” she proclaimed. She did so with her seductive contralto voice. But when she ended up singing in the nightclubs of the Warsaw ghetto during the German occupation, she stirred much more dangerous passions. ” The Washington Post 
  14. News: J.D. Salinger to get the big-screen treatment in a new documentary, by Scott Bowles – “The late author of 1951’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ a notoriously press-shy writer who rarely gave interviews, will be the subject of a new documentary, ‘Salinger.'” USA Today
  15. wordplayViewpoint: Why the Reader Is Your Co-Writer, by K.M. Weiland – “No story is created by one person. Written by one person, yes. But if the only imagination involved is the writer’s, the story will never be anything more than black marks on the page. A book is just a doorstop until readers lift the cover, recognize and process the words, and then use those words to bring the story to life in their own minds.” Wordplay

coracover“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the fantasy and paranormal short stories “Emily’s Stories,” “Moonlight and Ghosts,” and “Cora’s Crossing.”

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