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Book Bits: Andrew Cuomo, ‘Mein Kampf,’ John Cleese, B&N

BookBitsAs the snow slowly melts here in Georgia, I’m finally turning my attention to books and authors with some links for your Thursday afternoon.

  1. Commentary: Before Book Deal, Andrew Cuomo ‘acked Bills That Helped News Corporation, by Matthew Cunningham-Cook – “”We must bring sunlight to ethical shadows. New Yorkers deserve nothing less.’ But the Democratic governor’s strong words don’t quite square with his own personal appetite for cash earned outside the confines of his state work.” –International Business Times
  2. News: Curbside Splendor accepting submissions  – Chicago-based publisher Curbside Splendor is accepting submissions through March 31. Submissions of poetry, art, photography and short fiction for the publisher’s monthly e-magazine are free. Book submissions cost $10. For guidelines, visit” – Chicago Tribune
  3. soANYWAYReview: Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit, by Kevin Canfield – “John Cleese’s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner.” – The Daily Beast
  4. News: B&N Will Separate College from Trade, Nook Units, by Jim Milliot – “In a bit of a surprise move, Barnes & Noble announced today that it plans to separate its college business from its retail trade stores and Nook digital business. The retailer has been considering splitting up the company for about a year, but it was generally thought that the trade segment would be separated from the college and Nook businesses.” – Publishers weekly
  5. News: ‘Mein Kampf’: A historical tool, or Hitler’s voice from beyond the grave? by Anthony Faiola – “The book that once served as a kind of Nazi bible, banned from domestic reprints since the end of World War II, will soon be returning to German bookstores from the Alps to the Baltic Sea.” – The Washington Post
  6. banishedReview: ‘Dance of the Banished,’ a story of WWI Turkish ethnic cleansing and Canadian hysteria, by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, reviewed by Malcolm R. Campbell – “In her sixth book set during the Armenian Genocide, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch’s Dance of the Banished brings young adult readers a heartbreaking account of the World War I-era ethnic cleansing in the Anatolia region of Turkey and the Canadian paranoia that sent thousands of purportedly dangerous immigrants to internment camps. ” – Malcolm’s Round Table
  7. Essay: “Poetry Makes Nothing Happen” W. H. Auden’s Struggle with Politics, by Robert Huddleston – “In its day, W. H. Auden’s claim that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’ was a necessary reproof to an ideologically mandated culture of protest that had a chokehold on the literary left in the 1930s, an example it remains important to consider today. Clashes over the political rights and wrongs of poetry, then as now, are often disguised contests over cultural and academic turf, ideological purity, and even the relative priority of criticism versus artistic practice.” – Boston Review

    Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the upcoming novella “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”


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