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Book Bits: Tom Clancy, Philip Roth, Dylan Manuscript, ‘Cartwheel’

BookBitsI wonder if I should feel flattered about the fact that this blog, with all of its links, gets more SPAM than my other two WordPress blogs. Perhaps links attract links. Unfortunately, the links are sales pitches with no relationship whatsoever to my posts. Fortunately, the WordPress SPAM catcher throws those comments away.

Now, here are some links that actually have something to do with books, authors and publishing:

  1. clancyNews: Tom Clancy Dies – “Author Tom Clancy, whose novel, ‘The Hunt for Red October’ propelled him to fame, fortune and status as a favorite storyteller of the American military, has died, according to sources with his publisher and family. He was 66.” CNN
  2. News: Philip Roth gets France’s highest honor; French will open public bookstore in embassy building, bY Colin DeVries – “Dignitaries packed the second floor of the French embassy’s Fifth Ave. Payne Whitney house last Friday to praise the accomplishments of novelist Philip Roth, while ceremoniously kicking off construction on a project that could forever change the dynamic of French-American relations: a bookshop.” New York Daily News
  3. throwawayReview: “Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist,” by Jim Elledge, reviewed by Coco Papy – “Darger, now one of the most famous folk artists in American history, was relegated to the sidelines for all of his life, partly because Darger himself was a quiet man, more so because he was a man who experienced the worst of society’s failures over and over. He was a man who kept to himself, went to his manual labor job every day, and was often ridiculed for his inability to fit into ‘proper’ society. He was also a man who created a fantasyland of extraordinary proportions, who transcribed personal pains into narrative, and who held a serious relationship for almost fifty years.”  Bookslut
  4. How To: State Names and Abbreviations, by Mark Nichol – “How should you treat references to states? The form depends on which style guide you adhere to and why the state is being referenced.”  Daily Writing Tips
  5. News: Old Dylan Manuscript Draws New Interest, by Liz Thomson – “With a week to go before Frankfurt, Adam Gauntlett of the U.K.-based Peters Fraser & Dunlop is selling a book that offers a unique insight into the life and career of Bob Dylan, by the man who was his friend, confidant and tour manager.”  Publishers Weekly
  6. duboisInterview: Jennifer duBois (“Cartwheel”), with Alden Mudge – “Jennifer duBois is concerned that some readers of her stunning new novel, ‘Cartwheel,’ might think the book is somehow factual since the themes of the novel were “loosely inspired” by the Amanda Knox story.”  BookPage
  7. Feature: Publishing is Another Victim of Syria’s Civil War, by M. Lynx Qualey – “The fierce conflict over Syria’s future, which began with great hopes in the spring of 2011, has battered the country’s publishing industry…Many publishers have joined the two million other Syrians who have left the country.”  Publishing Perspectives
  8. Quotation: “The creative writer perceives his world once and for all in childhood and adolescence, and his whole career is an effort to illustrate his private world in terms of the great public world we all share.” – Graham Greene in Today in Literature
  9. foxfieldguideNew Title: “Sister Fox’s Field Guide to the Writing Life,” by Jane Yolen, essay by Terri Windling – “Drawing on myth, folklore, fairy tales, and the everyday enchantments of the natural world, Sister Fox (a most Sister Fox illustration by Laura Andersonbeguiling little Trickster) presents poems dedicated to the daily vocation of writing: the rigours and the pleasures, the sweat and the magic, the practical craft and the numinous art. ” Myth and Moor
  10. News: Amazon Creating 70,000 Full-Time Seasonal Jobs in the U.S. to Fulfill Holiday Orders with Thousands Expected to Become Permanent Employees – “Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is creating more than 70,000 full-time seasonal jobs across its U.S. fulfillment centers this holiday season in order to meet an increase in customer demand, a 40 percent rise over last year.” Business Wire
  11. highlandflingCommentary: Why Nancy Mitford’s English Old-Money Novels Are Still Relevant, by Jason Diamond – “Nancy Mitford was — along with other British writers of her era, like P.G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh — able to write stories about people of privilege, and laugh at them in a way that is not only timeless, but still relevant to a generation in love with ‘Downton Abbey.'” Flavorwrire
  12. Feature: 10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper, by David Marsh – “The concept of what is ‘correct’ more than a simple matter of right and wrong. What is correct in a tweet might not be in an essay; no single register of English is right for every occasion.”  The Guardian
  13. News: Forward Prize For Poetry Goes To Michael Symmons Roberts, by nnalisa Quinn – “Michael Symmons Roberts won the Forward Prize for Poetry, worth £10,000 (about $16,000), for his collection titled Drysalter, a book of 150 poems that are all 15 lines.”  NPR
  14. nightguestReview: “The Night Guest,” by Fiona McFarlane, reviewed by Laura Miller – “Fiona McFarlane’s first novel, “The Night Guest,” is a little bit ghost story, a little bit crime fiction and a whole lot unsettling…’The Night Guest’ is a novel of uncanny emotional penetration; it had me flipping to the back cover more than once to scrutinize the author photo. How could anyone so young portray so persuasively what it feels like to look back on a lot more life that you can see in front of you?” Salon
  15. News: Scribd, HarperCollins Launch $8.99 Subscription Book Service, by Austin Carr – “Spotify and Netflix have brought subscription services to the music and movie space. Could Scribd apply that model to the world of books? ” Fast Company

LandBetweenCover“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stories,” “Cora’s Crossing,” “Moonlight and Ghosts,” and “The Land Between the Rivers.”

The three folktales in “The Land Between the Rivers” are set in North Florida’s swamps at the dawn of time. Only 99 cents on Kindle.

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