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Book Bits: Another ‘Fifty Shades,’ Paul Tremblay, ‘Finders Keepers,’ Smoky Zeidel

BookBitsAfter analyzing just who won and who didn’t, Nicola Griffith writes in her blog that “It’s hard to escape the conclusion that, when it comes to literary prizes, the more prestigious, influential and financially remunerative the award, the less likely the winner is to write about grown women.” We read reports like this every year and it’s discouraging. (Item 12)

  1. News: EL James to Release New Version of ‘Fifty Shades’ From Christian Grey’s Point of View, by Hilary Lewis – “Fifty Shades author EL James announced Monday that she will release a new version of Fifty Shades of Grey, written from Christian’s point of view. The book, titled Grey, will be published on June 18, Christian’s birthday” Hollywood Reporter
  2. headfullghostsReview: ‘Ghosts’ Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession, by Jason Heller – “From H. P. Lovecraft to Stephen King, horror writers have found frightening inspiration in small-town New England. It’s no surprise, then, that the works of both authors are cited in A Head Full of Ghosts, the latest novel by Boston-based writer Paul Tremblay. Accordingly, A Head Full of Ghosts is also set in New England — in Beverly, Massachusetts, just across the Danvers River from Salem.”  NPR
  3. Looking BackThe Lives of Vita Sackville-West –   “On this day in 1962 Vita Sackville-West died. Easy to lose in the glare of one so filmed, written and gossiped about is the fact that Sackville-West was a prolific and commercially successful author. Nonetheless, it is her personal life which continues to claim attention — the jodhpurs-and-pearls Vita, the bedmate of Virginia Woolf and others, the cross-dressing master gardener of Sissinghurst Castle.” Today in Literature
  4. finderskeepersFeature: 25 hot books for summer, by Jocelyn McClurg – “It’s time to stuff your beach bag with this summer’s hottest reads. From Stephen King to Harper Lee to Dr. Seuss, there’s something for readers big and small.” The list includes “Finders Keepers,” Stephen King’s sequel to 2014’s “Mr. Mercedes.” USA Today
  5. Feature: Exploring the Amazon – “In its revamp, the Washington Post is following some of Amazon’s tactics. Much as Mr. Bezos has made his e-commerce firm concentrate on building scale first, and worrying about profits later, he is making his newspaper concentrate first on building a broader national and international audience.” Editor & Publisher
  6. killernashvilleNews: Book Donation from Killer Nashville – “Killer Nashville, the annual thriller, mystery and crime literature writers’ conference, recently donated more than 100 books to the Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In the past year, Killer Nashville has collected and distributed more than 2,500 books to organizations in need, one of many ways that Killer Nashville supports readers and writers as an extension of the mission of its annual conference.”  This year’s conference is set for October 29 through November 1. Shelf Awareness
  7. News: Rare Proof of ‘The Bell Jar’ Going to Auction For Thousands, by Steve Duffy – “A rare uncorrected proof copy of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar will be auctioned in London on June 24th. Most experts agree that copies of the proof are few and fair between. Plath biographer Peter K. Steinberg speculates that there are only eight known copies in existence.”  Flavorwire
  8. likewaterNew Title: Sometimes I Think I Am Like Water, by Smoky Zeidel – “In this moving book of poetry, author Smoky Zeidel celebrates her walk with nature while exploring the peaks and valleys of life through her kinship with the natural world.” The book’s introduction was written by je glaze. Thomas-Jacob Publishing
  9. Feature: Dread of literary parties led Philip Larkin to shun Oxford poetry professorship, by Alison Flood – “A vision of the ‘hell on earth’ that is a literary party and revulsion for ‘a lot of sherry-drill with important people’ drove Philip Larkin to rule himself out of consideration as the Oxford professor of poetry, according to an unpublished letter recently discovered in a college safe. ”  The Guardian
  10. News: Barer, Bender, Bloom & Weed Form The Book Group; Allison to Retire from Berkley, by Sarah Weinman – “Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed are launching The Book Group, a new full-service literary agency. Barer, Bender, and Weed have each spent the past 10 years running their own agencies; Bloom joins from Kneerim, Williams & Bloom, where she spent the past 15 years (and 3 as a partner.) With Bloom’s departure her former agency will revert back to its earlier name, Kneerim & Williams. ‘Brettne is a great agent, and she has all our congratulations on the new venture,” Jill Kneerim told us, adding the agency ‘salutes Bloom in her new enterprise.'”  Publishers Lunch
  11. thebooksellerReview: “The Bookseller,” by Cynthia Swanson, reviewed by Carla Jean Whitley – “In The Bookseller, debut novelist Cynthia Swanson portrays one character in two distinctive lives. When she goes to sleep each night, Kitty leaves her world as a bookseller and slides almost seamlessly into her dream life as Katharyn, aka Mrs. Anderson. But the more time Kitty spends in this other life, the clearer its imperfections become. Although she has the love of her life and a beautiful family, she has lost a lot along the way. ”  Book Page
  12. Commentary: Books About Women Don’t Win Top Literary Prizes and That’s a Problem, by Helen Regan – “When it comes to top literary prizes in the English language, books about women or girls, regardless of whether they are written by a man or a woman, rarely win.” Time  See also: Books about women don’t win big awards: some data, by Nicola Griffith
  13. News: Apple Loses Bid to Oust Monitor, by Andrew Albanese – “In a minor setback for Apple, a three judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the company’s bid to oust its court-appointed monitor, Michael Bromwich. In a brief opinion and order, Judge Dennis Jacobs, writing for the court, held that Judge Denise Cote did not abuse her discretion in appointing and retaining Bromwich, despite Apple’s objections, and that the monitor’s conduct was ‘appropriately constrained by the injunction and by other powerful restraints of law.'”  Publishers Weekly

SunSinger4coverBook Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the contemporary fantasy “The Sun Singer,” currently on sale on Kindle at 99 cents.

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