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Book Bits: Wrath of Penguin, ‘Suicide Supper Club,’ Rowling Fans vs Shepherd, Alejandro Zambra

BookBitsIn today’s edition of Book Bits, we learn that it’s not wise to anger either Penguin (Item 2) or Potter fans (Item 6). If anything, these controversies will help you get over your Oscar fever and/or hangover.

  1. News: Canada Reads battle begins with round one – “Canada Reads gets underway Monday with five celebrity panelists set for literary combat as they champion five fictional reads in the annual CBC book battle.” CBC News
  2. News: Artist’s spoof Ladybird book provokes wrath of Penguin, by Gareth Rubin – “An artist and comedian has been told by the publisher Penguin that her new satirical art book breaches its copyright, and if she continues to sell copies it could use the courts to seize the books and have them pulped.” The Guardian
  3. suicidesupperclubReview: “Suicide Supper Club,” by Rhett DeVane, reviewed by Malcolm R. Campbell – Rhett DeVane (“Cathead Crazy”) brings her trademark sparkling prose and deep insights into human nature to this story of the darkness and light in the lives of Abby, Loiscell, Sheila and ‘Choo-choo.’ Truth be told, the light is in short supply.” Malcolm’s Round Table
  4. Feature: Pics: See a magical model of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home’ by Whitney Matheson – “As the title suggests, one major character in Ransom Riggs’ 2011 best seller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the house itself…Author Tahereh Mafi, who is married to Riggs, commissioned architectural model maker Michael DelPriore to construct a miniaturized version of Miss Peregrine’s Home.” USA Today
  5. ginsbergNews: University of Toronto library acquires world’s largest collection of Allen Ginsberg photographic prints, by Sue Carter Flinn – “The University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has acquired the world’s largest collection of photographic prints by Ginsberg. According to Canadian Art, Dollarama CEO Larry Rossy purchased the prints from the Allen Ginsberg Trust through his Larry and Cookie Rossy Foundation and donated them to the university.” Quill & Quire
  6. Viewpoint: Should JK Rowling quit writing? by James McQuade – “If British crime novelist Lynn Shepherd has learned anything from a piece she wrote for the Huffington Post titled, ever so subtly, ‘If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It,’ it’s this: Hell hath no fury like a Potter fan scorned.” Melville House
  7. News: World Book Night to Distribute a Special Edition of ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ by Maryann Yin – “World Book Night (WBN) is partnering with Dover Books to publish a special WBN edition of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup.” World Book Night is April 23rd.  GalleyCat
  8. zambraInterview: Alejandro Zambra (“Bonsái”), with Juan Vidal – “For the last several decades, Chile has yielded some of the finest and most bizarre literature in the world. From the harrowing stories of Isabel Allende and Roberto Bolaño, to the authoritative poetry of Pablo Neruda, the nation has made its indelible mark. Alejandro Zambra, selected as one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, is not only adding to its diverse heritage, he’s spearheading a generation.” The Daily Beast
  9. How To: Why are your favorite books your favorite books? by Malcolm R. Campbell – Looking at what draws you to read will help you write better stories.   Sun Singer’s Muse
  10. Commentary: From bestseller to bust: is this the end of an author’s life? by Robert McCrum – “The credit crunch and the internet are making writing as a career harder than it has been for a generation. Robert McCrum talks to award-winning authors who are struggling to make ends meet” The Guaridan
  11. mercysnowReview: ‘Mercy Snow’ by Tiffany Baker, reviewed by Anita Shreve – “Strength and quiet beauty mark Baker’s writing. Though it tells an old story that extends back at least to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” “Mercy Snow” provides an authentic universe of damaged souls and a fantastical heroine who made this reader wish for a vial of that pure maple sap.” The Denver Post
  12. News: Phyllis Krasilovsky Dies at 87, by Daniel E. Slotnik – “Phyllis Krasilovsky, an author of popular children’s books, died on Wednesday in Redding, Conn. She was 87. ” The New York Times
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“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stories”

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