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Book Bits: Lindsay Cochrane, AL book festival, ‘Under Magnolia,’ B&N’s optimism

BookBitsI haven’t included a book festival (Item 4) for a long time because my best source of information about them closed down its site. However, you can find an alphabetical list of states and book festivals here. Many of them have free activities and offer opportunities for writers.

Here are today’s books and authors links:

  1. News: Women Writers Dominate Children’s Books, Right? Wrong, by Annalisa Quinn – “Children’s and Young Adult books have long been thought to be a sphere especially friendly to women, in contrast with the staggering gender bias found in the world of grown-up literature. It turns out that, nope, women don’t dominate children’s publishing. ” NPR
  2. cochraneInterview: First-time playwright adapts Yann Martel’s Beatrice & Virgil, by Sue Carter Flinn – “When Toronto teacher Lindsay Cochrane first read Yann Martel’s allegorical, multi-layered novel Beatrice & Virgil (Knopf Canada), she was convinced it would make a fantastic theatre production.” Quill & Quire
  3. Looking Back: Dorothy Parker Closes – “On this day in 1931, Dorothy Parker stepped down as drama critic for The New Yorker, so ending the “Reign of Terror” she endured while reviewing plays, and that others endured while being reviewed by her. Parker was a drama critic for only a half-dozen years in a 50-year career, but her Broadway days brought her first fame and occasioned some of her most memorable lines.” – Today in Literature
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    Event: Alabama Book Festival. Saturday, April 19, 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, Alabama – “Nationally known authors Donald Anderson and Charles Salzberg will lead workshops on writing fiction (9-10 a.m.) and on getting your work published (1-2 p.m.). Both workshops are free and will be in the auditorium at Old Alabama Town’s Loeb Center. Registration is limited to 35 participants in each workshop, and the deadline to register is April 17.”

  5. News: Bateman, Fey to Headline Kickoff BookCon Panel – “Jason Bateman and Tina Fey will kick off BookCon, ReedPOP’s consumer book event making its debut at this year’s BEA, with a panel discussion and sneak peek of their upcoming film, This Is Where I Leave You, adapted from Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name.”  Publishers Weekly
  6. undermagnoliaReview: “Under Magnolia,” by Frances Mayes, reviewed by Sharon Peters – “Readers united in droves back in the ’90s to savor the adventures and revelations of Frances Mayes as she restored a crumbling villa (Under The Tuscan Sun) and discovered much about life, beauty and things that matter.  Now Mayes is sharing even more about herself with Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir.”  USA Today
  7. Commentary: Barnes & Noble is optimistic about its future, even if no one else is, by Alex Shephard – “Late last week, America’s eleventh favorite big box toy store, Barnes & Noble, suffered a major blow when Liberty Media announced it would be selling most of its 17% share in the company. ”  Melville House
  8. afairytaleReview: “A fairy Tale,” by Jonas T. Bengtsson, translated by Charlotte Barslund, reviewed by Patrick Smith – “It is possible to write about Jonas T. Bengtsson’s A Fairy Tale without setting up the expectations and framework that come with a coming-of-age novel, but to do so would leave a distinctly shaped and noticeable hole, because that is what it is. A Fairy Tale shows the young, formative years a son spent with a father in the ’80s, then skips to the teenager he is in 1996. It is also a novel with a precocious young narrator, and one of outsider culture, and, to complete a series, also a novel of short, “cinematic” chapters. Yet because Bengtsson puts all these aspects to use, draws something interesting and new out of them, they fit together to form a complete work that doesn’t rely on tropes as crutches, but as a needed part of the whole.”  Bookslut
  9. News: Amazon to Acquire comiXology – “Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the large retailer of digital comics with a library of content from more than 75 publishers as well as independent creators.” Shelf Awareness
  10. News: During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union, by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée – “A secret package arrived at CIA headquarters in January 1958. Inside were two rolls of film from British intelligence — pictures of the pages of a Russian-language novel titled ‘Doctor Zhivago.'”  The Washington Post



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