Book Bits: ‘Gone Girl’ trailer, Gregory White Smith, ‘The Here and Now,’ Wilfred Owen manuscript
Those of us living in the Atlanta area missed the eclipse the other night due to rain. So, rather than staying up to watch it, I headed off to bed with a good book. I hate to confess that I’m just now getting around to Jim Butcher’s Storm Front. After all, it’s been around since 2000.
Fantasy mixed with the private eye biz. I doubted it would work when it first came out, but now–since no eclipse got in my way–I’ve changed my mind. Meanwhile, was happy to see Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer (Item 7) for The Goldfinch, especially after one newspaper called it a turkey.
Here are today’s links:
- News: “Gone Girl” Trailer Offers Clues, by Linda L. Richards – “t seemed as though mere moments after the release of the upcoming film based on Gillian Flynn’s wonderful 2012 novel, Gone Girl, analysts were — well — analyzing. For instance, the Hollywood Reporter suggests that viewing the footage of the trailer offers up eight big plot clues.” January Magazine
Interview: Laura Griffin (“Far Gone”) with Joyce Lamb – “Laura Griffin joins HEA to talk about her new release, Far Gone, her Boston bombing ‘life imitates art’ moment and what she does to help ‘keep Austin weird.'” USA Today
- News: Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s New Book is Out, by Dianna Dilworth – “Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon attendee that lost both of his legs during the bombing at last year’s race, has a new book out.” Galleycat
- News: Gregory White Smith, Pollock Biographer, Dies at 62, by William Yardley – “Gregory White Smith, a co-author of a 1990 biography of Jackson Pollock that won a Pulitzer Prize but also caused controversy for its assertions about his celebrated drip-painting technique, his sexual orientation and other matters, died on Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C.” The New York Times
- Review: “The Remedy,” by Thomas Goetz, reviewed by Deborah Hopkinson – “In August 1891, a young physician named Arthur Conan Doyle made an impulsive decision to travel to Berlin to attend a much-anticipated lecture on tuberculosis by the renowned scientist Robert Koch. The two men had much in common, as author Thomas Goetz points out in his fascinating new book, The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis.” Book Page
- How To: Use News Stories as Writing Prompts, by Malcolm R. Campbell – “Writers often find some of their best prompts when a news story catches their fancy and they begin to think about the multiple angles and outcomes involved. The story need not be breaking news with local, national or international attention. It might be a dog bites man story with an odd twist to it or the theft of jewelry in an upscale neighborhood in which everyone looks guilty.” Sun Singer’s Muse
- News: Tartt, Fagin Take 2014 Pulitzers – “Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Dan Fagin’s Toms River were among the winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, announced at Columbia University on April 14. The winner of each letters category took home a $10,000 cash prize.” Publishers Weekly
- Interview: Ann Brashares: I Wanted to Write Time Travel as ‘an Immigrant Story,’ by Natalie Zutter – “Chances are you know Ann Brashares for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, in which four best friends share a pair of jeans on their adventures. For her return to young adult novels, Brashares is dealing in a different sort of magic: time travel. In The Here and Now, 16-year-old Prenna and her family escape their disease-ridden future for the year 2014, where they must change the course of fate while keeping themselves hidden.” Bookish
- Feature: How Writers Can Work with Games Developers, by Mark Piesing – “In Los Angeles, every pool attendant wants to write a movie script. In Oxford, every waiter or waitress is trying to write a novel. At the London Book Fair last week, everyone – even established authors – seemed to want to write for video games and other interactive media.” Publishing Perspectives
- Review: “Astonish Me,” by Maggie Shipstead, reviewed by Ron Charles – “Something of a ballet’s structure is reflected in these pages. Though it spans three decades, “Astonish Me” is a strikingly svelte book, composed of short, intense scenes that move back and forth in time and around the world. Inspired by the defection of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1974, Shipstead has created a similarly brilliant Russian dancer named Arslan Rusakov.” The Washington Post
- News: War poet’s original draft on show at a post exhibition – “An original manuscript by Wilfred Owen of the World War One poem Dulce et Decorum Est is on display at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. It was loaned to the museum by the British Library and forms part of a wider exhibition about the postal service in the war.” BBC News