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Book Bits: Tsarnaev Brothers, ‘Creole Son,’ Michelle Obama, Atlantic Books, James Salter

BookBitsWelcome to “Book Bits,” a series of posts that provides you with links to the latest author and publisher news, book reviews and commentary, writer’s how-to articles, feature stories, commentaries and essays. Note that the graphics often link you to additional information such as a book’s online listing or an author’s web site.

  1. News: Putin Biographer To Write Book On Tsarnaev Brothers, by Annalisa Quinn – “Riverhead Books has announced a deal for a book about Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It will be written by Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, author of the biography The ‘Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,’ the publisher announced in a press release Wednesday. ”  NPR
  2. InfernoNews: Dan Brown Translators at Work in Bunker, by Linda L. Richards – “A couple of weeks before Inferno is published, it’s nothing like a secret that Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has a new book coming out. If it’s up to his European publishers, though, what’s inside the book will remain hidden from public view until the last possible moment.”  January Magazine
  3. Quiz: Can You Guess the Authors by Their Nobel Citations? by Gabe Habash – “PWxyz doesn’t have time for non-nerdy quizzes; there are too many of those. Instead, here’s one of the more blistering tests this side of the Badwater Ultramarathon–guess the Nobel winner by citation. The format is much like a non-demanding English course–everyone’s favorite: multiple choice! ” PWxyz
  4. creoleReview: “Creole Son,” by Michael Llewellyn, reviewed by Mollie Waters – “The challenge of writing historical fiction is finding the balance between factual events and the fictional story the author tries to weave into that reality. In his work Creole Son: A Novel of Degas in New Orleans, Michael Llewellyn finds that balance by crafting a tale that is rich in both history and imagination.”  Southern Literary Review
  5. Lists: 10 Classic Books That Have Somehow Been Turned Into Ballets, by Emily Temple – “Next season, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be presenting an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s beloved novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. While there’s no denying the power of the book, it does seem somewhat strange fodder for a ballet — given that it’s a dystopic indictment of fundamentalism and gender norms and all. However, as it turns out, a number of surprising novels have been adapted for the stage as ballets or operas.”  Flavorwire
  6. AtlanticlogoNews: The Atlantic launches a new ebook division; will sell e-singles and curated collections, by Laura Hazard Owen – “The Atlantic is launching a new line of ebooks, ‘The Atlantic Books,’ which will include both ‘original long-form pieces between 10,000 and 30,000 words, and curated archival collections that span the magazine’s 155-year history and feature some of the best-loved voices in American letters.'”  Paid Content
  7. SeekerNew Title: “The Seeker,” by Malcolm R. Campbell – “When Anne is confronted by a stalker on a dark street in her Florida college town, the magic David uses in an attempt to save her changes her and leads them into the dark territory of misunderstandings and the blood of Tate’s Hell Swamp.”  January Magazine
  8. Essay: James Salter’s “All That Is”: From Dream to Reality, by Sonya Chung – “At the book party for All That Is, the new novel by James Salter, Paris Review editor Lorin Stein held forth on Salter as a “colossus” for many young writers and declared the book his favorite of Salter’s work. It was significant that Stein, who is barely 40, introduced Salter: the party was populated by equal parts Silent Generation and Baby Boomers, and Stein — along with a few journalists and a smattering of publicity and editorial assistants — was among the youngest in attendance. ” The Millions
  9. American-GrownEvent: Michelle Obama coming to Politics & Prose Bookstore, by Ron Charles – “The Washington-area independent bookstore announced Wednesday morning that Michelle Obama will be on hand to sign copies of her book “American Grown” on May 7.” The Washington Post
  10. Feature: Claire Messud to Publishers Weekly: “What kind of question is that?” by David Raley – “Do you like Jonathan Franzen’s characters? David Foster Wallace’s? Roth? Then stop asking Claire Messud about hers.” Salon
  11. wikipediaViewpoint: Wikipedia’s Women Problem, by James Gleick – “There is consternation at Wikipedia over the discovery that hundreds of novelists who happen to be female were being systematically removed from the category “American novelists” and assigned to the category “American women novelists.” Amanda Filipacchi, whom I will call an American novelist despite her having been born in Paris, set off a furor with an opinion piece on the ‘New York Times’ website last week.”  The New York Review of Books
  12. nayeriInterview: Dina Nayeri (“A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea”), with Elaine Lies – “Q: Why twins and why tell the story from the point of view of the one left behind?  A: When I was first thinking of the idea, I was a little bit obsessed with the idea of what I would have been like if I’d stayed in Iran, what my life would have turned out to be. I started thinking about writing about two sisters, one of whom stayed in Iran and one who went to America, to have their lives be parallel, to have both of them be real and living their lives in the different ways.”  Reuters
  13. News: HBO & Playtone Set ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Miniseries With Lisa Cholodenko Helming, Frances McDormand, and Richard Jenkins, by Mike Fleming, Jr. – “Olive Kitteridge tells the alternately poignantly sweet, acerbically funny, and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center.” Deadline Hollywood
  14. betrayalReview: “The Roots of Betrayal,” by James Forrester – “Forrester delves deeply into 16th-century intrigue to deliver a whale of a yarn…A winner for any reader who loves historical, action-packed novels.”  Kirkus Reviews
  15. Feature: How to Get an Editor to Buy Your Unsalable Article Idea, by Linda Formichelli – “Your article idea is stale. It’s a rambling vent. It has no news hook. In fact, it’s a mess! Guess what? You can still sell it”  Make a Living Writing
  16. Quotation: “He liked to read with the silence and the golden color of the whiskey as his companions. He liked food, people, talk, but reading was an inexhaustible pleasure. What the joys of music were to others, words on a page were to him.” ― James Salter, from “All That Is”
  17. tapahonsoNewsLuci Tapahonso Named as Navajo Nation’s First Poet Laureate – ” On April 24, Elmer Guy, president of Navajo Technical College, announced the appointment of Luci Tapahonso as the Navajo Nation’s first Poet Laureate. Tapahonso will officially assume her role for the two-year position at the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 17, Guy said in revealing the award.” Indian Country
  18. How To: Twist Words to Surprise Readers, by Beth Hill – “Or you might have been surprised by a phrase, a word choice, that turned the mundane into the exceptional, a word choice that awakened you to the story in a way no other phrase could have done. That’s what I want to talk about today, the use of word choices that get a reader’s attention and keep them attached to the story. Maybe keep them attached to you as a writer.”  The Editor’s Blog

“Book Bits” (#bookbits) is compiled by author Malcolm R. Campbell

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2 thoughts on “Book Bits: Tsarnaev Brothers, ‘Creole Son,’ Michelle Obama, Atlantic Books, James Salter

  1. The Golden Eagle on said:

    There are so many intriguing articles. Thanks for the links!

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