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Book Bits: Paul Theroux, Patricia Cornwell, E-book refunds, ‘The People in the Trees’

BookBitsIn an interview with Andrew McCarthy in The Atlantic, travel writer Paul Theroux  said, “I hate vacations. I hate them. I have no fun on them. I get nothing done. People sit and relax, but I don’t want to relax. I want to see something. Sit down and have a massage, have a spa, have a cupcake—I go nuts. If I want to relax, I go home.”

When he travels, he is there to see what’s there, not sit in the hotel. I feel the same way. When Theroux stops traveling and writing about what he’s seen, we’ll be missing a fine pair of eyes viewing the world for us. If you like travel writing, you’ll probably like that interview.

Here are today’s links:

  1. News: New Patricia Cornwell Book Deal Jump-starts Possible Scarpetta Film, by Andy Lewis – “A 2015 movie based on the author’s best-selling series about a crime-solving medical examiner is likely with the move to HarperCollins imprint William Morrow.”  The Hollywood Reporter
  2. MatteiInterview: Peter Mattei (“The Deep Whatsis”), with Brad Listi – Publishers Weekly says, “[A] morbidly satiric look at corporate culture at the crossroads of art and consumerism…Mattei serves up a rampant critique of haute New York society.”  Monologue topics: screenwriting, when comedy is received as tragedy, film school, humiliation   Other People
  3. News: English Translation of New Murakami Novel Expected In 2014, by Jason Boog – “Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group executive director of media relations Paul Bogaards told us that English readers worldwide should see Murakami’s new novel in 2014. The publisher will make a formal announcement later this year about the novel. ” Galley Cat
  4. venusNews: Sibling Rivalry Press to publish new edition “The Venus Trilogy” – Atlanta author Collin Kelley announced today that “‘The Venus Trilogy’ has a new home with Sibling Rivalry Press. Both ‘Conquering Venus’ and ‘Remain In Light’ will be republished very soon in brand new paperback and eBook editions.” Modern Confessional
  5. Feature: Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Poem on Craigslist? by Micah Mattix – “One poet’s successful effort to peddle custom verses online shows how entrepreneurial methods can help poetry reconnect with modern readers and reinvigorate the art itself. ” The Atlantic
  6. peopleintreesReview: “The People in the Trees,” by  Hanya Yanagihara, reviewed by Stephenie Harrison – “Every so often, you come across a book so spectacular that from the moment your eyes fall upon its first sentence the rest of the world ceases to exist. E-mails go unanswered, family members and household chores are neglected—everything is put on hold until you have seen your affair with this book through.”  Book Page
  7. Essay: Your authentic author’s voice is who you are, by Malcolm R. Campbell – “We are, I think, drawn back to our favorite authors over and over again because we not only like their plots and characters, but the way they tell their stories. Of course, this factor in the public’s purchase of books makes it hard for young writers to get started. We saw an example of this in the recent revelation that Robert Galbraith (‘The Cuckoo’s  Calling’) really wasn’t a debut author, but J. K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym. While, reviewers gave ‘Galbraith’ high marks, few people bought the book before they found out Rowling was the author.” Malcolm’s Round Table
  8. zealotReview: “ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” by Reza Aslan – “A well-researched, readable biography of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus of Nazareth is not the same as Jesus Christ…Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner.”  Kirkus Reviews
  9. News: Millions Qualify for E-book Refunds, by Andrew Albanese – “The $166 million publishers have agreed to pay to settle e-book price fixing charges with the states and consumer class could soon begin flowing to consumers, and PW has learned that more than 23 million consumer accounts are eligible to receive refunds.”  Publishers Weekly
  10. Feature: Writers should take a year off, and give us all a break, Colin Robinson – “What if everyone stopped scribbling for a year? Will Self could pull on his hiking boots, Martin Amis could sharpen his tennis serve, and we could catch up on our reading.” The Guardian
  11. News: Atkinson novel heads to the screen – “Entertainment company Lionsgate has acquired film rights to “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson.”  The Bookseller
  12. Commentary: Why is self-publishing still scorned by literary awards? – “As an increasing number of DIY authors climb the digital bestseller lists, book prizes will have to rethink their entry criteria”  The Guardian
  13. russiansummersReview: “Dreams of My Russian Summers,” by Andrei Makine, translated from the French by Geoffrrey Stachan, reviewed by Heller McAlpin – “Nostalgia, that bittersweet emotion long considered a mild form of depression, is gaining newfound respect. According to a recent article in ‘The New York Times,’ new studies support the idea that nostalgia contributes to a reassuring sense of roots and continuity and is actually good for you. This will come as no surprise to readers of Andreï Makine’s nostalgia-steeped ‘Dreams of My Russian Summers,’ an evocative novel fueled by memories of a bygone world. ”  The Barnes & Noble Review
  14. News: Quebec government to examine book-price regulation, by Sue Carter Flinn – “One year after French-language book distributors launched the Our Books at Fair Price campaign, it appears as if the idea may have support from the Parti Québécois government.”  Quill & Quire

“Book Bits” is compiled several times a week by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of paranormal short stories and contemporary fantasy novels, including “The Sailor.”

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2 thoughts on “Book Bits: Paul Theroux, Patricia Cornwell, E-book refunds, ‘The People in the Trees’

  1. chellecordero on said:

    Lots of interesting info, thanks.

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