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Book Bits: No more pork for Oxford, MFA-gate, Veronica Roth, Downton Abbey

BookBitsSince I do not follow the guidelines of the Oxford University Press, I feel free to tell you I enjoyed a wonderful tossed salad last night with a few bacon bits on top. (See items 1 and 2). Then I went to bed where–before going to sleep–I enjoyed reading a few more pages of Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes.” You can see that we writers lead exciting lives.

Today’s Books and Authors Links

  1. oxfordNews: Oxford University Press bans use of pig, sausage or pork-related words to avoid offending Muslims – “The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.” – The Telegraph
  2. Satire: News Service Bans Oxford University Press for Refusing to Bring Home to the Bacon, by Jock Stewart – ” The words ‘Oxford,’ and ‘Oxford University Press (OUP)’ have been banned from Star-Gazer newspapers and news sites to avoid offending intelligent people.” – Calamities of the Heart
  3. Viewpoint: Over the past week, Ryan Boudinot’s feature at the Stranger, “Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One,” has sparked bookish Internet debates regarding the value of MFA programs and whether or not writing can be taught. Examples of Boudinot’s frank assertions, which have led to what is now being referred to as ‘MFA-gate,’ include, ‘Writers are born with talent,’ and ‘No one cares about your problems if you’re a shitty writer.’” – Poets and Writers
  4. News: Kansas Teachers Open To Prosecution for Teaching Toni Morrison and Other ‘Harmful Material’? – by Rachel Smalter Hall – “On February 25, 2015, the Kansas Senate* passed a bill allowing teachers to be prosecuted for distributing materials deemed harmful to minors.”  Book Riot
  5. KIndle cover 200x300Review: “Conjure Woman’s Cat” by Malcolm R. Campbell, reviewed by ?wazithinkin – “The plot is multi-layered and confronts racism head-on. If you are offended by certain terms, this may not be the book for you, however it fits the era and is realistic of the times. This story concerns two families in particular. Both being torn apart, one eventually comes to terms with the past so the healing can begin. It’s a realistic and moving story that will break your heart but then try to make you whole again.” – BigAl’s Books & Pals
  6. News: Veronica Roth is writing a new series, by Jocelyn McClurg – “Best-selling young-adult author Veronica Roth is taking a divergent path for her next two-book series, announced today by HarperCollins Children’s Books.”  USA Today
  7. plumjohnsonNews: Plum Johnson Wins Canada’s RBC Taylor Prize, by Laura Godfrey – “Plum Johnson has won the C$25,000 RBC Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s top literary awards for nonfiction. Her memoir They Left Us Everything, which the prize jury described as ‘beautifully observed and written with great warmth and wit,’ was published by Penguin Canada. The book tells the story of Johnson’s relationship with her difficult parents, and the overwhelming task of clearing out their cluttered 23-room house after they died.” – Publishers Weekly
  8. Viewpoint: You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’—Your Fans Like You That Way, by Tim Teeman  – “The Season 5 finale featured the show’s usual crazy carousel of declarations, secrets, goodbyes, and plot twists. And that’s fine. As long as Edith doesn’t wind up too happy.”  The Daily Beast
  9. mosquitolandInterview: David Arnold (“Mosquitoland”), with Cat Acree – “David Arnold makes his YA debut with ‘Mosquitoland,’ the tale of a teen runway on a 947-mile journey to find her mother. It all begins on a Greyhound bus, but dangers big and small make Mim’s journey treacherous and transformative. ‘I am Mary Iris Malone,’ our heroine says, ‘and I am not okay.'”  Book Page
  10. Feature: In the Ukraine, the Publishing and Rights Market is Reviving, by Tom Chalmers – “This month we have a fascinating insight into the Ukrainian book market and how this has been affected by the recent turmoil. Any industry sector pales into insignificance when compared to the huge losses incurred over the protection of a country’s freedom but it’s positive to hear that both the country and the publishing industry is moving forward in the wake of such troubled times.”  Publishing Perspectives

Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell



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