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Book Bits: BEA ‘Power Readers,’ CIA novel, Dolly Parton, ‘Duel with the Devil’

Here are a few readers and authors links for your weekend:

  1. bealogoEvent: Public Invited to Attend North America’s Largest Annual Book Convention. “Power Readers” to Participate in BookExpo America on Saturday, June 1st, 2013. The expo is taking place New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center, May 29 – June 1, 2013.
  2. Viewpoint: BEA 2013: ‘The Whole Damn Thing,’ by Judith Rosen – “In an opening session intended to be provocative, Macmillan CEO John Sargent and outgoing American Booksellers Association president Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville, Ill., may not have necessarily covered “Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing,” but they definitely got the conversation going, which was Sargent’s goal.”  Publishers Weekly
  3. News: Simon and Schuster gets green light to publish Canadian books domestically, by John Barber – “Long restricted to distributing foreign titles, the Canadian branch of New York based Simon and Schuster will now be permitted to publish books in Canada by Canadian authors, according to a statement released by Heritage Canada.”  The Globe and Mail
  4. wolfwatchmanReview: ‘The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA’ by Scott C. Johnson, reviewed by Jeff Stein – “There comes a time in many a CIA family when a child has to be sat down and told the facts of life. No, not the birds and the bees: It’s that Dad or Mom is a spy. That no, they don’t really work for the State Department (or an oil company or an import-export firm). Those are pretend, or cover, jobs. They work for the CIA’s operations arm.” The Washington Post
  5. Feature: How does copyright work in space? – “CHRIS HADFIELD has captured the world’s heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, recorded on the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian astronaut’s clear voice and capable guitar-playing were complemented by his facility in moving around in the microgravity of low-earth orbit. But when the man fell to Earth in a neat and safe descent a few days ago, after a five-month stay in orbit, should he have been greeted by copyright police?” The Economist
  6. guardianlogoViewpoint: The Guardian has opened a coffee shop. No, it’s not a joke– “Deep in the murky, hipster-ridden depths of London’s Shoreditch emerges a new beast dedicated to bringing you bitter, overheated arguments, alongside its bitter, overheated journalism.” The Commentator
  7. Quotation:  “Librarians wield unfathomable power. With a flip of the wrist they can hide your dissertation behind piles of old Field and Stream magazines.” – Librarian Avengers
  8. Lists: 11 Neil Gaiman Quotes on Writing, by Chris Higgins – “Neil Gaiman is a prolific author spanning genres — he has hits in the worlds of comics, young adult fiction, grownup fiction, television, film, and even nonfiction (I particularly enjoyed Don’t Panic, his Douglas Adams/HHGTTG companion). Here, eleven quotes from Gaiman on writing.” Mental Floss
  9. duelwithdevilReview: “Duel With the Devil,” Paul Collins. reviewed by Laura Miller – “Crime and punishment: Dostoyevsky was far from the only writer to recognize how much a society reveals about itself in the way it handles both. For novelists, a detective can serve as a roving eye, licensed to peer into the secrets of every social stratum, while a trial, with its pitched adversaries and high stakes, becomes a dramatic way to decide not only what happened but who, if anyone, is to blame. That’s how Paul Collins uses the famous real-life murder mystery at the center of ‘Duel With the Devil.’ ” Salon
  10. Essay: Poetry is not drowning, but swimming into new territory – “News of plummeting sales do not, as some fear, indicate a dying art. In fact, the genre is adapting well to a new publishing age.” The Guardian
  11. Gardner


    Lists: 5 Things Writers Should Know Right Now, by Rachelle Gardner – “As everyone in publishing deals with a rapidly changing environment, replete with opportunities as well as disappointments, it’s easy to lose sight of the overarching truths that can serve to keep us centered. I think it’s important to go back to basics every now and then so that we can better focus on what’s important.”  Books & Such

  12. News: Lydia Davis hints at move to microblogging fiction, by Vanessa Thorpe – “Booker Prize winner, known for her succinct tales, says her publisher is keen for her to try writing stories on Twitter.” The Guardian
  13. AkinsonInterview: Rick Atkinson (“The Guns at Last Night”) with Alden Mudge in “Capturing the calamitous tapestry of war” – “Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rick Atkinson left the Washington Post in 1999 “to raise my game, to become a historian and use the longer lens of history” to write about World War II in Western Europe. He didn’t know that it would be 14 years before he typed the final words of The Guns at Last Light, the brilliant, more-than-worth-the-wait final volume of his epic Liberation Trilogy.” Book Page
  14. Lists: 5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor, By Stacy Ennis – “If you’re ready to hire and work with an editor, you may not know the first thing about how to start looking for one or how to evaluate candidates once you’ve found them.” Jane Friedman
  15. PartonInterview: Country Music Legend Dolly Parton’s New Role: ‘Book Lady,’ with John Merrow – “Country music legend Dolly Parton has delivered nearly 50 million free books to children’s homes. Called Imagination Library, the program started in 1996 in one one rural Tennessee county and has spread to 1,400 communities across the United States, England and Canada.” PBS Newshour
  16. News: Literary event combining public readings and knitting coming to Regina, by By Alyssa McDonald  – “A publishing company is spicing up a cross-Canada literary event by adding knitting to the equation.” Metro

“Book Bits” is compiled several times a week by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of novels set in Glacier National Park, including “Sarabande” and “The Seeker.”

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