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Book Bits: Apple Punishment, ‘Doctor Sleep,” Book Auctions, Jojo Moyes

BookBits“Book Bits” is compiled several times a week by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy novels, including the recently released “The Sailor.”

I am happy to list bricks and mortar author events such as panels, talks, book signings, etc. for authors who send me the date, time, book title, event type, website (where the event is listed or where you have publicized it), and address at least ten days in advance. Send me the information at grinnellglacier [at] yahoo [DOT] com.

Here are today’s links:

  1. News: Publishers Object To Proposed Punishments For Apple, by Annalisa Quinn – “Five major publishers are objecting to restrictions the Justice Department wants to place on Apple for colluding with them to fix ebook prices. The proposal, which has not yet been approved by the judge in the case, would force Apple to end existing contacts with the publishers, in addition to several other measures that Apple called ‘draconian and punitive.'” NPR
  2. moyesInterview: Jojo Moyes (“Me Before You”) – “In this interview, Moyes talks about the very real and tragic news story that inspired the book, as well as the personal experiences that led her to it. She also discusses her fascination with the love-hate bond between siblings, which allowed her to write so compellingly about the relationship between Louisa and her sister, Treena.” Book Reporter
  3. Feature: How Does a Publishing Auction Work? by Rachelle Gardner – “One of the things that always generates excitement among authors is the prospect of an ‘auction’ between publishers for their book. But there’s also a mystique surrounding auctions, and many writers wonder how they actually work. ” Books & Such
  4. flavorwirelogoLists: The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers, by Jason Diamond – “It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, and even though an Amazon purchase is just two or three clicks away, dedicated readers would rather take a trip to their local indie bookstore. Yet the literary world occupies a decent-sized space on the web. ” Flavorwire
  5. gamesbeginReview: “Let the Games Begin,” by Niccolo Amaniti, translated by Kylee Doust, reviewed by Josh Zajdman – “In his home country Italy, Niccolo Ammaniti is a popular success, both critically and commercially. With his latest, Let the Games Begin, Ammaniti bites the hand that feeds him and refuses to let go. This is the work of a man fed up with the bunga bunga of Berlusconi’s Italy and perhaps even more despairing of whatever will come next. Ammaniti’s novel positions the Italy today, rife with criminal corruption and commercialism, as an overstuffed cornucopia just at the point of spilling out. Let the Games Begin is part farce and part speculative fiction, with Rome serving as a Caligulan dystopia. ” Book Slut
  6. NYTNews: NY Times publisher says newspaper not for sale – “The New York Times is not for sale, its controlling family and publisher have said, the newspaper reported after a week in which both The Boston Globe and The Washington Post were purchased by new owners.” Reuters
  7. bazaarContest: Short stories up to 3,000 words for the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize, Deadline, December 13,2013, Prize, a rare book worth 3,000 pounds plus publication and a week at a private retreat in Scotland.
  8. Viewpoint: How to Become a Goodreads Power User (and why you’d want to), by Penny C. Sansevieri – “During the past year, Goodreads has really become a front and center social network for authors. First, with their new Amazon relationship and now it would seem that they’ve doubled their readership to 20 million. ”  The Huffington Post
  9. doctorsleepReview: “Doctor Sleep,” by Stephen King, reviewed by Daniel Kraus – “King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining (1977)…The Shining is often considered King’s best novel, so even lapsed fans should come out of the woodwork for this one. ” Booklist
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    Feature: 7 Novelists-Turned-Screenwriters Who Succeeded (in One Way or Another) in Hollywood, by Dave Odegard – “Is there anything more hallowed in the world of storytelling than the literary novelist? Revered as a cultural touchstone who sets the standard for highbrow entertainment while illuminating and examining issues, both timeless and current, novelists often carry more clout of the lofty variety than Tinseltown’s band of screenwriters. But why, then, have so many novelists made the trek to Hollywood in an effort to write for the movies?” Word & Film

  11. How To: Wench or Winch, by Mignon Fogarty – “When I took sailing lessons, I heard many people call a winch a wench. Here’s a tip to help you remember the difference.”  Quick & Dirty Tips (Grammar Girl)
  12. mostdangerousReview: “The World’s Most Dangerous Place,” by James Fergusson, reviewed by Steve weinberg – “Most of his book, ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Place’ is set in Africa, not the Twin Cities [though there were interviews there]. In Somalia, Fergusson tries to understand the reasons for and the blowback from the invasion of U.S. troops, as well as troops supplied by other nations. The interventions seem unlikely to halt the civil war there or the mass starvation that has resulted. No nation wants to be thought of as the world’s most dangerous place. Somalia, however, is deserving of that appellation, Fergusson insists.”  Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  13. Feature: 30 years – what did you witness? by Hannah Freeman – “Join Edinburgh international book festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations by sending us your photographs of significant events from the last three decades” The Guardian
  14. News: Poet Arrested for Durga Case Facebook Post, by Vibhuti Agarwal – “Police in Uttar Pradesh arrested Dalit writer Kanwal Bharti early Tuesday after he posted on the social networking site about the decision of that state’s government to suspend Durga Shakti Nagpal, whose case has gained significant media and political attention in recent days.” The wall Street Journal – India
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