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Book Bits: Lore Segal, Doris Lessing, Hercule Poirot, ‘Hild,’ Syd Field

BookBitsWhen you take a picture of yourself, usually with a smartphone, and post it on a social media site, you’ve taken a selfie. The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen selfie as the word of the year. If we ever needed more evidence about the decline of civilization, this is it.

  1. News: Random House Integrates Website With Pinterest, by Dianna Dilworth – “Random House has partnered with Pinterest to help readers connect with books through digital pinboards.”  GalleyCat
  2. goodreadslogoHow To: How To Promote Your Self-published Book – Unorthodox Advice! Part One, by Pedro Barrento – The author offers tips to a successful giveaway on GoodReads, including contacting those who didn’t win a copy of the book. The Prince and the Singularity
  3. News: Union plans Christmas Amazon strikes – “Germany’s service-sector union Verdi has confirmed it will hold strike action against online retail giant Amazon over the busy Christmas holiday period, according to reports on Sunday.”  Wages are a primary issue. The Local
  4. loresegalInterview: Lore Segal, with Rob Sharp – “Lore Segal’s latest novel, ‘Half the Kingdom,’ investigates the lacunae and surrealism of the memory loss that comes with old age. Using an ensemble cast, many of them employed by the author in previous books, the writer weaves a frayed tapestry of recollection against the bureaucratic background of the U.S. hospital system. Protagonists are locked in narrative quadrilles, twirling with helplessness and fear, elevated by folklore’s black humor. ”  Guernica
  5. News: Apple Seeks to Knock Out E-book Class Action Case, by Andrew Albanese – “Apple is seeking to kill the pending states and consumer class action against it—and a potential multi-million dollar damages award—using an argument that failed in its federal price-fixing trial: that its entry into the e-book market was “pro-competitive” and beneficial to consumers.”  Publishers Weekly
  6. lessingphotoEssay: Doris Lessing: a model for every writer coming from the back of beyond, by Margaret Atwood – “Inventive, brave, down-to-earth – she never hedged her bets or pulled her punches, doing everything with all her heart.”  The Guardian
  7. Quotation: “The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.” – Doris Lessing
  8. greenshoreReview: “Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly,” by Christie, Agatha, reviewed by David Pitt – “Written nearly 60 years ago, this novella was never published (its length, midway between short story and novel, made it a tricky sell for the magazine market). Christie would soon expand the story, turning it into the 1956 novel Dead Man’s Folly, but until now, the original story has been unavailable.” Booklist
  9. News: Authors launch online auction to aid Philippines typhoon victims, by Becky Robertson – “A group of international authors has banded together to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, with an online literary auction. All proceeds go to the British Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.”  Quill & Quire
  10. hildReview: “Hild,” by Nicola Griffith, reviewed by Lauren Bufferd – “n the tradition of Mary Renault, Sigrid Undset and, more recently, Hilary Mantel, novelist Nicola Griffith recreates the past in Hild, a lively look at the girl who would become Saint Hilda of Whitby, one of the key figures of early Christianity.”  BookPage
  11. Feature: Why we love loooong novels, by Laura Miller – “Let priggish critics and short-story buffs sneer, the 19th-century-style novel has never gone out of vogue.”  Salon
  12. News: Syd Field, Author Of Hollywood Classic ‘Screenplay,’ Dies, by Annalisa Quinn – “Syd Field, the teacher and author who wrote the book on screenwriting, died this weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77. The New York Times writes that Field’s book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting ‘has sold millions of copies; been translated into more than a dozen languages; served as a reference for James Cameron, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Frank Darabont and scores of other successful screenwriters.'”  NPR

“Book  Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “The Seeker,” “The Sailor” and “The Betrayed.”

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