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Book Bits 3/27: B&N v S&S, Leigh Newman, Jill McCorkle, Bruan Furuness

odeLooking back, Today in Literature reminds us that on this day in 1802, William Wordsworth began work on the poem that includes some of his most frequently quoted lines including “the child is father of the man” and “birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.”

First published in 1807, the version of Ode that we know today was reworked and published in 1815.

Here are your links for more recent events:

  1. LAfestivallogoNews: L.A. Times Festival of Books schedule announced, by Carolyn Kellogg – “The program schedule for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was released Monday morning. The schedule, which is online, includes the complete list of author appearances and special events during the Festival of Books, April 20-21, on the campus of USC.” The Los Angeles Times
  2. News: Profits Jumped 75% at Random House – “Random House parent company Bertelsmann put a cap on a record year for the publishing house, announcing that worldwide revenue at RH rose 22.5%, to 2.14 billion euros, while operating EBIT skyrocketed 75.6% to 325 million euros. The primary reason for the increase, of course, was the Fifty Shades trilogy which Bertelsmann said sold more than 70 million copies in all formats through RH’s English, German and Spanish language companies.”  Publishers Weekly
  3. bowkerViewpoint: The ISBN still has a place in the digital world: The Economist may think ISBNs are doomed, but Bowker’s Laura Dawson has a different take, by Jenn Webb – “I reached out to Laura Dawson, product manager for identifiers at Bowker, to find out if the ISBN is indeed on its way out.” Tools of Change
  4. newmanInterview: Leigh Newman (“Points North: Surviving the World’s Greatest Alaskan Childhood”), with Claiborne Smith – “One thing I knew, if I was going to bother to write a memoir and expose my life in this way, which I was incredibly uncomfortable with–I do not come from people who talk about their feelings–I wanted to make a story that was readable and stay-up-at-night reading. There were a number of children’s books I related to as I was writing it: Laura Ingalls Wilder (she has a much more delicate touch to her than I do). There’s ” Kirkus Reviews
  5. Commentary: Authors Caught Between Inky Mom & Paper Dad, by Randy Susan Meyers – Thoughts about the standoff betweeen Barnes & Noble the publishing house Simon & Schuster. The Huffington Post
  6. Feature: It’s All in the Details, by Michelle Griep  – “Creativity isn’t just a good idea but mandatory if you want to be a writer worth your gold (way more valuable than salt nowadays). The thing about creativity, though, is that you must be careful with the details. ”  Wordserve Water Cooler
  7. lifeafterlifeReview: “Life After Life,” by Jill McCorkle, reviewed by Chris Wiegard – “After an absence of 17 years from the novel form — her most recent was 1996’s “Carolina Moon” — McCorkle returns with ‘Life After Life.’ With her customary boldness, she has selected unusual subject matter.” Richmond Times-Dispatch See Also: Jill McCorkle interview on NPR
  8. How To: Should I Worry About Word Count—A Reader’s Question, by Beth Hill – “High word count for first novels and for the works of unproven writers is a valid concern. I don’t mean to imply that a manuscript with such a word count can’t be sold; it can happen and it does happen. But it is rare for new and first-time authors.” The Editor’s Blog
  9. Feature: Fascinating Photos of Famous Authors as Teenagers, by Emily Temple – “We took it upon ourselves to dig up a handful of snapshots of other legendary authors in those awkward (or not so awkward, as the case may be) teenage years, before they penned the words that made them famous.” How many do you recognize? Flavorwire
  10. Essay: Endless Rewriting: When a novice writer received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have known what she was in for? by Helen Hazen – “But my little dream of a fling with the polite world of publishing was not what happened to me. Instead I was introduced to a process that involved a lot of fear and pain.”  American Scholar
  11. bryanInterview: Bruan Furuness (“The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson”) with Julianna Baggott – “That day at the writers’ conference, I figured out that the writing life is a black sky of rejection, punctuated every few million light years by a tiny starpoint of success. In other words, the writing life is full of things that can make a body feel despair, so you better enjoy the daily work itself.” Baggott * Asher * Bode
  12. Commentary: Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’ by Michael Moynihan – “Last week famed primatologist Jane Goodall was found to have plagiarized parts of her new book, but a deeper look reveals a work plagued by rampant copying, obvious errors, and ominous junk science”  The Daily Beast
  13. modernwomanartistInterview: Diane Radycki (“Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist”), with Jessa Crispin – “Paula Modersohn-Becker was a contemporary of Matisse, of Kirchner and Picasso, of the great modernist painters working in Berlin and in Paris. And yet for a very long time she has remained obscure. She was not recognized in her own time — she died in her early 30s after giving birth to her first child — but what she did paint in her short life was radical and new.”  Bookslut
  14. Viewpoint: Writing – Since you won’t get rich, it helps if you enjoy the work, by Malcolm R. Campbell – “Every once in a while, a writer makes it big. The stories usually make the Huffington Post for all to see. You’ve probably read them. Writers like Amanda Hocking and Christopher Paolini.” The Sun Singer’s Travels
  15. sleepwalkersReview: “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Christopher Clark, reviewed by Roger Bishop – “In this ambitious and richly textured overview, Clark is more concerned with how the war came about than why. Rather than focus on large concepts, such as nationalism, imperialism or an arms race, he deals with how the key decision-makers arrived at the choices they made when faced with the 37-day July Crisis that led to war. ”  BookPage
  16. News: Women writers dominate Miles Franklin longlist. by Stephen Romei – “TWO years after being pilloried as a “sausagefest”, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has served up the female equivalent, with women dominating this year’s longlist for the nation’s most important book prize. ” The Australian


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