Book Bits: ‘The Silver Chair,’ Paulo Coelho, Malcolm Gladwell, ‘The Circle’
Odds makers, critics, publishers and–possibly–a few readers are speculating about who will receive the Nobel Prize in Literature . We’ll know Thursday morning. Favorites, led by Haruki Murakami, include Alice Munro, Svetlana Aleksijevitj and Joyce Carol Oates. (Item 9) Mo Yan won the prize in 2012.
- News: Narnia book ‘The Silver Chair’ will be next for a movie adaptation, by Molly Driscoll – “C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Silver Chair’ will be the fourth Narnia book recently adapted for the big screen.” The Christian Science Monitor
- News: Coelho Cancels Frankfurt Appearance in Protest of Brazil Gov’t, by Edward Nawotka – “Paulo Coelho, Brazil’s most famous author, has cancelled his appearance at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair citing protest the Brazilian government’s failure to invite authors of popular genres, such as fantasy and science fiction, as part of its official Guest of Honor program at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.” Publishing Perspectives
- Essay: The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received, by Pico Iyer – “‘The reader wants to travel beside you, looking over your shoulder.’ It was such matter-of-fact, practical advice, but my wise first book-editor, Charles Elliott at Knopf, had the rare gift of writing with such directness and concreteness that it was hard not to listen to what he said.” The American Scholar
- Review: “David and Golath,” by Malcolm Gladwell, reviewed by Edward Morris – “From The ‘Tipping Point’ (2000) onward, Malcolm Gladwell has made a specialty of gathering commonly accessible facts and viewing them from uncommon—and often surprising—perspectives. In David and Goliath, he seizes on the fable of the title to undergird his thesis that ‘the powerful are not as powerful as they seem—nor the weak as weak.'” BookPage
- Feature: Trendy Hotel Wants You to Finish Your Novel in One of Their Rooms, by Richard Lawson – “Have a novel you haven’t quite finished? Want to spend a few weeks in the trendy, only-slightly-NYU-student-overrun East Village of Manhattan? Well The Paris Review and The Standard hotel (don’t know the html for writing upside down, sorry) have an offer for you!” The Atlantic Wire
- Review: “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers, reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer – “Dave Eggers, the celebrated author (Zeitoun), screenwriter (Where the Wild Things Are) and publishing entrepreneur (McSweeney’s), does not tweet. He does not have a Facebook page. But bravely, audaciously or even naively, as some techies would contend, he takes on the online world in The Circle, a provocative novel named for the world’s most powerful Internet firm.” USA Today
- Commentary: Demon and Craftsman: On D.H. Lawrence, by James Longenbach – “The process of discovery, not their profundities as such, is what makes Lawrence’s poems so gripping.” The Nation
Lists: 10 Writers Who’ve Rescued the Most Cruelly Neglected Moments of History – “Blockbuster books about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and, of course, Abraham Lincoln seem to appear with such regularity that it makes you wonder if there’s anyone else in American history who’s achieved something significant. For the thrill of discovering America’s forgotten stories, check out the books on this week’s list. The writers of these titles have found stories that don’t lack for drama (spies, shipwreck and assassination are some of their topics); they’ve just found them after some intrepid sleuthing and revived abandoned moments of American history in the process.” Kirkus Reviews
- News: Without A Shortlist, Nobel-Watchers Turn To Bookies, by Annalisa Quinn – “Speculation about who will win the Nobel Prize in Literature — to be announced on Thursday morning — is rife, with the British bookmaker Ladbrokes spitting out odds.” NPR
“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire. Click here for a chance to win a copy of the new audio edition.