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Book Bits: ‘The Snowden Files,’ Arthur Hailey, Zadie Smith, Martin Scorsese

Here are your books and authors links for February 3:

  1. snowdenNews: Edward Snowden: World’s most wanted man, says new book, by Mark Morgenstein – “‘The world’s most wanted man’ may be holed up in Russia, but Edward Snowden’s story will soon be available — as they say — everywhere books are sold. ‘The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man,’ by reporter Luke Harding, from the British newspaper The Guardian, comes out in the UK this week, with a U.S. release date of February 11.” CNN
  2. News: Best Sellers From ’70s Try for E-Book Comeback, by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg – “Forty years ago, ‘Airport’ author Arthur Hailey was one of the country’s best-known novelists. Today nine of his 11 novels are out of print in the U.S. and difficult to find even in used bookstores. That’s about to change.”  The Wall Street Journal
  3. dannysgraceReview: “Danny’s Grace,” by Dawn Hawkins, reviewed by Malcolm R. Campbell – “In ‘Danny’s Grace,’ author Dawn Hawkins skillfully tells a story filled with brutality, twisted ethics, immoral and amoral lifestyles, hideously memorable antagonists, and a wasted-away man who constantly tricks his subconscious mind and the reader into looking at what they don’t want to see and won’t be able to forget.”  Literary Aficionado
  4. Feature: Publisher’s experiment considers what makes a successful book proposal, by Hector Tobar – “If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, and wondered what a successful proposal looks like, wonder no longer. In a unique experiment, the publisher Palgrave Macmillan is posting proposals for nonfiction, academic titles, and inviting the public to comment on them.”  The Los Angeles Times
  5. sternberghHow To: Adam Sternbergh’s 10 tips for first-time novelists, by Nathan Whitlock – Adam Sternbergh “offers tips to other would-be novelists on how to survive the process with dignity, and book deal, intact.”  Quill & Quire
  6. Quotation: “Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.” — Clive Barker, January Magazine
  7. zadiesmithphotoInterview: This Week in Fiction: Zadie Smith, with  Cressida Leyshon – Q: “When did you first start thinking of the story? Did images from the recent typhoon in the Philippines have any influence on you?” A: “I started writing it just after the typhoon. But I think I always have the same thought when I read about disaster zones. Who are the people on those early flights out?”  The New Yorker
  8. News: Martin Scorsese’s ‘New York Review of Books’ Docu to be Shown at Berlinale, by Leo Barraclough – ” Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s untitled documentary about the New York Review of Books has been added to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special line-up, where it will be shown as a work in progress, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and key contributors.”  Variety
  9. News: Apple Could Pay $840 Million in Antitrust Fines, by Dianna Dilworth – “Apple could pay up to $840 million in antitrust claims as a punishment for being found guilty of colluding with publishers to fix the prices of eBooks.”  Galleycat
  10. andrewsbrainReview: “Andrew’s Brain,” by E.L. Doctorow, reviewed by Ron Charles – “Cut the music. E.L. Doctorow’s new novel is no ‘Ragtime.’ The author who once orchestrated grand plots involving Houdini, Freud, J.P. Morgan and a host of other real-life luminaries is now working in a cramped, dark cell. Instead of the breathtaking sweep of Sherman’s ‘March’ through Georgia and the Carolinas, ‘Andrew’s Brain’ leaves us trapped in the airless monologue of one hapless man. Fans of Doctorow’s award-winning historical novels will find this slim book especially puzzling. But that’s clearly intentional.”  The Denver Post
  11. News: The Luminaries to be adapted for TV – “Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel, ‘The Luminaries’ (McClelland & Stewart), may soon be coming to television.”  Quill & Quire
  12. winterpeopleReview: “The Winter People,” by Jennifer McMahon, reviewed by Elizabeth Atwood – “‘The first time I saw a sleeper, I was nine years old.’ Best-selling author Jennifer McMahon (‘Promise Not to Tell’) opens her new novel, The Winter People, with a sentence that offers a tantalizing glimpse of the horrors to come in this marvelously creepy page-turner. ”  BookPage
  13. How To: Dare to Challenge Your Characters, by Beth Hill – “Today we’re going to look at characters, at the way you treat your characters. Specifically I want to challenge you to challenge them, especially any of your lead characters. All of your lead characters.”  The Editor’s Blog
  14. News: Jane Austen fragment found: but what’s behind it? by Alison Flood – “Scrap of paper, transcribing part of a sermon by her brother, shows imprint of other writing on its reverse, which scholars are investigating.”  The Guardian

SOF2014lowres“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the mystery/comedy “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire”

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