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Book Bits: ‘Girl on the Train,’ ‘Heather Has Two Mommies,’ ‘The Fifth Gospel’

Dawn03162015Sometimes my three cats ensure that I’m up with the sun. They’re hungry; I’m not. But occasionally there’s a reward such as rosy-fingered dawn, as Homer called it, outside my front door. That gets the day started on a positive note and is much better than checking the morning news–or even my e-mail.

Here are a few links for today

  1. News: “Girl on the Train” sells 1 million copies, by Jocelyn McClurg “Publisher Riverhead is tooting its horn over the latest hot news for the runaway hit The Girl on the Train, and why not? Paula Hawkins’ debut psychological thriller passed the 1 million-copies-sold mark this week, with impressive speed. It’s a phenomenal number for a novel by a previously unknown author.   USA Today
  2. Bestsellers: “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins; “Amercain Sniper by Chris Kyle; “The Assassin” by Clive Cussler; “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs; “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James – USA Today
  3. heatherNews: Watershed Kids Book Freshened Up, by Leanne Itlaie – “A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks. Today, Heather — of “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.”  ABC News
  4. fifthgospelReview: “The Fifth Gospel,” by Ian Caldwell – “Caldwell (The Rule of Four, 2004) makes intriguing literature from complex theology, weaving in a text lost to history, the Shroud of Turin and Vatican duplicity…A brilliant work.”  Kirkus Reviews
  5. News: Roberto Bolaño’s 900-page novel 2666 is getting a theatrical adaptation, thanks to Powerball Lottery winner Roy Cockrum, who used his jackpot winnings to back the project and support the theater arts. The Goodman Theater in Chicago will produce the five-hour adaptation for its 2015-2016 season. – Poets & Writers
  6. Feature: Northern chills: conversations on Canadian horror literature – “As Canadian literary horror gains mainstream readership, authors, publishers, and experts share their opinions on the genre’s bloody popularity”  Quill & Quire


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



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