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Book Bits: Elmore Leonard, Marisha Pessl, Linwood Barclay, ‘The Bone Season’

BookBitsI was interested to read in Problem for Bezos: Mall Becoming Cheaper Than Amazon that some bricks and mortar stores are cutting into Amazon’s business with lower prices. (Unfortunately, this does seem to include the ailing Barnes & Noble.) Yet, as one person told me, the mall has a hassle factor about it because you have to drive over there as opposed to sitting at your computer. Are we getting too lazy to buy local?

Today’s links:

  1. News: Elmore Leonard, The ‘Dickens Of Detroit,’ Dies At 87, by Noah Adams – “The writer Elmore Leonard has died. He was 87 years old and had recently suffered a stroke.” NPR
  2. News: TS Eliot poem hand set by Virginia Woolf fetches £4,500 at auction, by Liz Bury – “First edition of The Waste Land published by Woolf’s Hogarth Press is sold to St Andrew’s University.”  The Guardian
  3. nightfilmReview: “Night Film,” by Marisha Pessl, reviewed by Eugenia Williamson, “If there’s any justice, the first chapter of LITERARY WUNDERKIND Marisha Pessl’s MUCH-AWAITED SECOND novel, “Night Film,” should go down in literary history as among the most notable formal innovations of this century. It consists of a series of Web pages — 20, all told — pertaining to the untimely death of a young woman, the strange career of her filmmaker father, and AN ENSUING JOURNALISTIC INVESTIGATION. ”  The Boston Globe
  4. Lists: 23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked, by Jason Boog – “Once you find an agent you would like to represent your book, the pitch letter is the next step in the traditional publishing process. Below, we’ve collected 23 different agent pitch letters that actually worked in a variety of genres.”  Galley Cat
  5. How To: Introduction to Description, Beth Hill – “Unless one character needs to describe something to another character because the second character wasn’t there to see an event or person for himself—or wasn’t capable of seeing or hearing for himself—description in fiction is pretty much solely for the benefit of the reader. Characters have no need to describe objects, setting, events, or other characters to themselves”  The Editor’s Blog
  6. Barclay


    Interview: Linwood Barclay (“A Tap at the Window”), with J. Kingston Pierce – “No matter how hard you think your life is, it’s probably better than that of Cal Weaver, the protagonist in Linwood Barclay’s latest anxiety-charged thriller, A Tap on the Window. ”  Kirkus Reviews

  7. Feature: My Best Book Marketing Tip for Creating Maximum Buzz, by Carol Tice – “There was one thing I did a bit late in the game that blew all my other strategies out of the water. It led to by far the most opportunities for exposure, helped me form great new relationships, and even seems to have raised the traffic here on this blog!”  Make a Living Writing
  8. boneseasonReview: “The Bone Season,” by Samantha Shannon, reviewed by Michael Burgin – “It wouldn’t be fair to judge The Bone Season just because it’s pitch-friendly. Shannon’s novel is an impressive feat of world-building, which rests on her inventive supernatural beings. These creatures’ complexity is more reminiscent of Sheri S. Tepper’s classic True Game series than of any contemporary teen-focused fantasy.”  Book Page See Also: The ‘Today’ Show launches new book club – “NBC’s “Today” show is investing in readers. The morning program announced Tuesday that it is starting a new book club. Its first club pick is ‘The Bone Season.'” The Denver Post
  9. Feature: How to Edit a Dictionary, by Jen Doll – “What to keep and what to cut? You can start by checking the Internet.”  The Atlantic
  10. curtsiesReview: “Curtsies & Conspiracies,” by Gail Carriger, reviewed by Krista Hutley – “Six months ago, Sophronia was a covert recruit in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy (Etiquette & Espionage, 2013). Now she’s earning top marks in such areas as ‘tea and delusions’ and ‘portion allotment, puddings, and preemptive poisonings.'”  Book List
  11. Feature: ‘Breaking Bad’ brings Walt Whitman back to the forefront of pop culture, by Danny Heitman – “Thanks to the frequent use of Walt Whitman’s poetry as a plot element in the acclaimed cable drama “Breaking Bad,” the 19th-century bard is getting a heightened profile in popular culture.”  The Christian Science Monitor
  12. News: New Novel Coming from Ann Brashares – “Random House Children’s Books imprint Delacorte Press has announced it will publish The Here and Now, a new novel by Ann Brashares, the bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The Here and Now is set for April 8, 2014.”  Publishers Weekly
  13. Quotation: “On this day in 1920 Christopher Robin Milne was born, an only child to A. A. Milne. Christopher also wrote, his first two books, Enchanted Places and The Path Through the Trees, being memoirs of his growing up and out from under the shadow of the fictional Christopher Robin.” – Today in Literature
  14. News: B&N: Riggio ‘Suspends’ Purchase; Sales, Profits Down – The biggest news in Barnes & Noble’s first-quarter report, issued this morning, is that chairman Len Riggio has ‘suspended’ his attempt to buy the company’s retail business, which was announced in February. In an amended SEC filing, Riggio stated: ‘While I reserve the right to pursue an offer in the future, I believe it is in the company’s best interests to focus on the business at hand.'” Shelf Awareness

emilyaudible“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stories,” narrated by actress Kelley Hazen.

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