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Book Bits: Bloomsday, ‘In the Country,’ Aziz Ansari, Book Dominoes uproar, Dorothea Benton Frank


Happy Bloomsday. Need help? See Open Culture’s Everything You Need to Enjoy Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses on Bloomsday. Or, click on the graphic above for the official Bloomsday site.

  1. News: Amazon’s E-Books Business Investigated by European Antitrust Regulators, by David Streitfield and Mark Scott- “European regulators said on Thursday that they were beginning an antitrust investigation into whether Amazon used its dominant position in the region’s e-books market to favor its own products over rivals.”  The New York Times
  2. Obituary: “Hilary Masters, who wrote 10 novels and whose fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essays won numerous awards, died Sunday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. He was 87. His books include Post: A Fable, In Rooms of Memory: Essays, Last Stands: Notes From Memory and How the Indians Buried Their Dead: Stories. He was the son of poet Edgar Lee Masters.” – Shelf Awareness
  3. inthecountryReview: “In the Country,” by Mia Alvar, reviewed by Maureen Corrigan – “The initial “selling point” of Mia Alvar’s debut short story collection, In the Country, is its fresh subject matter: namely, Filipinos living under martial law in the 1970s in their own country and in exile, working as maids, engineers, teachers, health care workers and hired hands in the Middle East and the United States.”  NPR
  4. News: And Other Stories to Publish Only Women for a Year, by Dennis Abrams – “Publisher Stefan Tobler of And Other Stories in the UK has committed to a year of publishing only books by women, in response to ‘gender bias’ towards men.”  Publishing Perspectives
  5. Quick Look: “Tell No Harm” – BUY IT, “Elton Musk” – SKIP IT, “Kick Back” – BORROW IT, “Our Souls at Night” – BORROW IT, “On the Page” – BORROW IT, and “Radiant Angel” – BORROW IT.  – Kirkus Reviews
  6. ansariInterview: Aziz Ansari (“Modern Romance”), with Donna Fredkin – “If there’s one universal truth out there, it’s that love hurts. And it’s a topic comedian/actor Aziz Ansari explores in Modern Romance (Penguin Press), co-written with NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg. The book, inspired by topics Ansari riffs on during his stand-up act, looks at how Tinder and texting have impacted the way we date and mate, and why.”  USA Today
  7. News: Japanese Library Causes Uproar for Attempting to Break ‘Book Dominos’ World Record, by Katie Barasch – ” large majority of the Japanese public, in the wake of Gifu City Library’s planned attempt to break a world record, are up in arms about this seemingly obscure question. According to the Telegraph, the book domino event “was intended to promote Gifu as a ‘book city,’” as well as to celebrate architect Toyo Ito’s renovations.”  Electric Literature
  8. Feature: US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: ‘Poetry is one of the most beautiful ways of participating’ by Michelle Dean – “‘It’s a good thing, you know, it’s a good thing,’ Juan Felipe Herrera told me on the phone last week, as he reacted to the news that he was going to be the next poet laureate of the United States – the first Hispanic American to receive the honour. But he would rather not stop there: ‘The more we engage in society, the more firsts we have, then there will be a moment when we have no more firsts.” He thinks about that statement for a second, then adds, “Or maybe there will always be new firsts.'”  The Guardian
  9. soulsatnightReview: “Our Souls at Night,” by Kent Haruf, reviewed by Michael Alec Rose – “When an author begins a novel with ‘And then there was the day’—as Kent Haruf begins Our Souls at Night, a brief, final testament completed shortly before his death last November—you know he knows we know what he’s talking about. This is Holt, Colorado. Over three decades, Haruf has given us six novels counting up all of Holt’s days, beginning with The Tie That Binds in 1984. That title is a principle that covers a lot of ground, straight through to this last one.”  Book Page
  10. Viewpoint: Taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures in reading, by Laurie Hertzel – Last winter, I was on NPR along with a couple of other people talking about books — the best books of 2014, the big titles coming up in 2015. Toward the end of the hour, the host threw us for a loop. She asked, ‘What was your favorite guilty pleasure this year?’ I was glad the others answered first, so that I could collect my thoughts. Guilty? What did I feel guilty about reading? I lamely offered up a Tana French murder mystery, even though I hadn’t felt guilty while reading it. Actually, I had loved reading it.”  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  11. singleladiesReview: “All the Single Ladies,” by Dorothea Benton Frank, reviewed by Amie Taylor – “In her position as a nurse at the Palmetto House Assisted Living Facility, Lisa St. Clair has seen her share of patients come and go. As a geriatric specialist, she knows that the odds are great that her patients eventually will make their departure to the great beyond while under her care. Unfortunately, when one of Lisa’s favorite patients, Kathy Harper, dies of cancer while only in her late 50s, Lisa takes her death especially hard.”  Book Reporter
  12. Feature: Does writing a memoir help an author to heal? by By Randy Dotinga – “Three writers share their thoughts and concerns about sharing deeply personal secrets in a memoir.” The Christian Science Monitor
  13. Bestsellers (Self-Published): (from Shelf Awareness)
  • shelfawarenessBeautiful Sacrifice (Maddox Brothers Volume 3) by Jamie McGuire
  • When an Alpha Purrs (A Lion’s Pride Book 1) by Eve Langlais
  • Kane (Slater Brothers Book 3) by L.A. Casey
  • Dirty Boys of Summer by Various
  • The Perfect Gift (Bluegrass Singles: Volume 3) by Kathleen Brooks
  • Hearts in Danger by Various
  • One Night With You by Marie Force
  • Forever (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale: Volume 5) by Chanda Hahn
  • Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
  • Just Say When by Kaylee Ryan

SnakebitCOVERBook Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the Kindle short story “Snakebit.”



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