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Book Bits: Lit Drinks, AG strikes back, Karen Foxlee, how to be a bestselling author (ha ha)

BookBitsNow that 2013 is a day away from being over, perhaps the movers and shakers are about done dicing and chopping up the year’s books into “best of this” and “worst of that.” But, for Auld Lang Syne, I’ve included Amazon’s listing of the year’s top sellers. (Item 1)

Here are today’s links:

  • News: The Best-Selling Books Of The Year, According To Amazon, by Paige Cooperstein – “Dan Brown’s “Inferno” is the best-selling adult book for 2013. 2013 was a year of mystery and thrills, at least according to Amazon’s list of best-selling adult books for the year.” Yahoo Finance
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    Lists: Literary Libations from Famous Books, by Alison Nastasi – “It’s the dawn of a new year, and to celebrate we’re showing our appreciation for the booze in books that literature’s most famous sipped between pages. Fictional drinks and classic cocktails all make appearances with several being the catalyst for memorable narratives and others symbolizing intense character relationships. See what literary libations sparked drama, memories, and everything in between.” Flavorwire

  • News: Authors Guild Appeals Google Decision – “In a filing with the district court, the Authors Guild gave notice that it is appealing Judge Denny Chin’s to dismiss its copyright suit over Google’s library scanning program.” – Publishers Weekly
  • Essay: How Many Novelists are at Work in America? by Dominic Smith – “Writing a novel is like starting a small business and investing thousands of hours without knowing exactly what it is you’re going to end up selling. It’s a leap of faith every time, even for someone who is five novels into a career” The Millions
  • opheliaReview: “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy,” (grades 4-6) by Karen Foxlee, reviewed by Jeanne Fredriksen – “Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, this clever story-within-a-story reads easily yet offers deep lessons about trust, responsibility, and friendship.” Booklist
  • Feature: How to Make Your Book a Bestseller: An imagined guide to successful self-promotion, by Mary Kay Zuravleff – “More and more often these days, authors are considered responsible for their own success—and those who were once responsible for promoting them now tout the glories of self-promotion. Or, as a cheery New York literary agent recently put it, ‘You, the author, have an unprecedented amount of control over the way people discover you and your work, and how your ‘presence’ is presented to the world.'”  The Atlantic
  • emptychairReview: “The Empty Chair,” by Bruce Wagner – “Casting himself as a story collector, Wagner links two novellas, two narratives separated in time yet bound by a common motif: the empty chair, where loss, grief and death are seated…Wagner meditates on our fundamental cravings for connections—both human and divine—and meanings—both personal and cosmic—with wit, compassion and a sharp eye for the lies we tell ourselves.”  Kirkus Reviews
  • Viewpoint: Norman Mailer, Sportswriter, by Allen Barra – “A recent biography of the literary legend’s life largely ignores a fascinating part of Mailer’s life and career: his deep love for sports like baseball, bullfighting, and boxing.”  The Atlantic
  • sherlockNews: U.S. Judge Rules That Sherlock Holmes Remains in the Public Domain, by Gilbert Cruz – “A federal judge issued a ruling earlier this week reinforcing that Sherlock Holmes, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, remains part of the public domain. The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed in February by Leslie S. Klinger, the editor of several Holmes-related books, who refused to pay a licensing fee to the estate of Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle in order to publish a collection of stories. “ Vulture

seacover_19585817_std“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the comedy/satire “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire,” now available as an audio book

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2 thoughts on “Book Bits: Lit Drinks, AG strikes back, Karen Foxlee, how to be a bestselling author (ha ha)

  1. As always, Malcolm, a phenomenal list.

    Hmm. How many novelists at work in America — isn’t everyone writing a book, planning to write a book, telling people they could write a book, professing they have a book in them, believing they could write a book better than the current bestsellers?

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