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Book Bits: Carl Bernstein, Julian Barnes, Booker Prize, Nicole Kidman, Stephen King

Here’s a roundup of the latest books and authors news:

  1. bernsteinNews: Carl Bernstein to write memoir about early years in journalism, by Lindsay Deutsch – “‘The Washington Star’ is about the five-year apprenticeship that started Bernstein’s career at a journalist.”  USA Today
  2. Viewpoint: Julian Barnes says new Booker rules will hurt British writers, by Liz Bury – “Nothing was wrong with the Man Booker prize’ and admission of US writers will make it much harder for writers from the UK, says former winner.”  The Guardian
  3. News: Nicole Kidman to star and produce ‘The Silent Wife’ adaptation, by Sue Carter Flinn – “Nicole Kidman has signed on as star and producer for the film adaptation of A.S.A. Harrison’s posthumous novel, The Silent Wife (Penguin Canada).”  Quill & Quire
  4. carrieCommentary: Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ Is Even Stranger and More Radical Than You Remember, by Tom Hawking – “The rehabilitation of Stephen King as Serious Novelist has been in progress for quite some time now. The process started around the time his memoir On Writing was published in 2000, and gathered pace with his lifetime achievement prize at the National Book Awards in 2003. ”  Flavorwire
  5. News: Crowdsourcing Tolstoy, by Sally McGrane – “When Leo Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter, the journalist Fyokla Tolstaya, announced that the Leo Tolstoy State Museum was looking for volunteers to proofread some forty-six thousand eight hundred pages of her relative’s writings, she hoped to generate enough interest to get the first round of corrections done in six months.”  The New Yorker
  6. hijuelosNews: Oscar Hijuelos, Who Won Pulitzer for Tale of Cuban-American Life, Dies at 62, by Bruce Weber – “Oscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture and became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1989 book, ‘The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,’ died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 62. ”  The New York Times
  7. News: NSA Collects Millions of E-mail Address Books Globally, by Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani – “The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. ”  Editor & Publisher
  8. thechildrenNews: David Halberstam’s ‘The Children’ Optioned as Possible Movie, Mini-Series, by Brent Lang – “‘The Children,’ David Halberstam’s sprawling look at the history of the Civil Rights movement, has been optioned by character actor, writer and director Bill Kalmenson.”  The Wrap
  9. News: Man Booker Prize: Jim Crace and Eleanor Catton favourites ahead of tonight’s ceremony, by Liam O’Brien – “Bookmakers have the 67-year-old at 5/4, but the British writer faces stiff competition from New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton, who, at 28, would become the prize’s youngest winner were she to walk away with the £50,000 cheque.”  The Independent UPDATE:  (Eleanor Catton won.)
  10. National Book Award Finalists. The Winners are announced November 20.



SOFaudio“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the comedy/satire “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire.”

October 15 2013 is the last day you can enter my give-away HERE for a free audio book copy of the novel.


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