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Book Bits: Booker to allow U.S. entries, ‘Men We Reaped,’ Sue Grafton, Media Shield Act

Here are a few links for your Sunday afternoon:

  1. News: Booker prize to allow US entries, by Richard Brooks – “BRITAIN’S most prestigious literary prize is to allow American writers to compete for the first time from next year…The organisers increasingly believe that excluding writers from America is anachronistic. ” The Sunday Times
  2. violethourReview: “The Violet Hour,” by Katherine Hill, reviewed by Elizabeth Egan – “‘The Violet Hour’ may not be an ode to ‘the unfashionable wilds of suburban Washington,’ but it is a rewarding family saga reminiscent of Anne Tyler’s novels circa ‘Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.'”  The Washington Post
  3. Viewpoint: Philip Pullman: illegal downloading is ‘moral squalor’ by Mark Brown – “Bestselling author says web piracy is akin to ‘reaching into someone’s pocket and taking their wallet'” The Guardian
  4. How To: 16 Substitutes for “Because” or “Because Of,” by Mark Nichol – “Many words or phrases can be used to set up an explanation. The most common is because (or ‘because of’), but others have their uses. Here are alternatives and a discussion of their uses and their merits.” Daily writing Tips
  5. wisforwastedReview: “W is for Wasted,” by Sue Grafton, reviewed by L. Dean Murphy – “Impeccable plot, prose as rich as Wall Street, and everyone’s favorite private eye make W IS FOR WASTED a surefire bestseller, Grafton’s greatest novel ever.” BookReporter
  6. Essay: The Homeland of Stories: On Lingual and Cultural Identity, by Henriette Lazaridis Power – “It’s true that I don’t have a Greek accent when I speak English; nor do I have an American accent when I speak Greek. But the very fact of my growing up in a Greek-speaking home, the only child of parents who had emigrated from Greece in their early 30s, calls my linguistic authenticity into question. At least it always has in my mind. I have a sense, as a bicultural and bilingual person, of never quite belonging where I am. To me, it feels as if two languages are always at the ready in my brain, jostling companionably enough, but not ensuring that the wrong one won’t step forward at any moment.”  The Millions
  7. transitvenusFeature: Love Story Electrifies Beneath The Silhouette ‘Of Venus’ by Roxana Robinson – “I fell in love with Shirley Hazzard in 1980, when her great book Transit of Venus came out. I was completely dazzled by the beauty and authority of her writing, and by the effortless way she created this world.”  NPR
  8. ViewpointAmazon model favours yakkers and braggers, says Jonathan Franzen, by Liz Bury – “Author likens site’s founder Jeff Bezos to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse for his impact on literary culture” The Guardian
  9. News: Media shield act moves on to the full Senate, by Sari Horwitz – “A Senate panel on Thursday backed legislation that would offer protections to a broad variety of journalists who do not want to divulge their confidential sources of information. The key point of debate over the bill, which was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 13 to 5 vote, had been the definition of a journalist.”  The Washington Post
  10. menwereapedReview: “Men We Reaped,” by Jesmyn Ward, reviewed by Henry L. Carrigan Jr. – “Bewilderment, pain, rage and resentment flow through the bones of Men We Reaped, Ward’s memoir of growing up poor and black in a rural Mississippi still bathed in the waters of hatred, prejudice and racism. She weaves a tale of loss that begins with her father, who left the family behind to follow his own desires. ”  BookPage
  11. News: ‘Outlander’ TV series casts its romantic leads, by Molly Discoll – “Two actors were recently brought on board to portray Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall in the Starz TV adaptation…’Outlander’ author Diana Gabaldon expressed enthusiasm for both casting choices on Twitter.”  The Christian Science Monitor

SOFaudio“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire,” now out in a new audio book edition.


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