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Book Bits: Kindle semi-finalists, Sophie Kinsella, Borges lawsuit, ‘Local Girls,’ James Wood

kindlebookawardsCongratulations to the semi-finalists in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. Finalists will be announced in September. The winner will be announced in October. Click on the graphic to read the list of semi-finalists for each category.

Today’s books and authors links

  1. News: Apple Loses Appeal, E-book Decision is Affirmed, by Andrew Albanese – “In a major decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 margin, has affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 finding that Apple orchestrated a scheme to fix e-book prices.”  Publishers Weekly
  2. findingaudreyReview: “Finding Audrey,” by Sophie Kinsella (Ages 12-18) – “Audrey, 14, is on a long, slow upswing from disabling anxiety disorders that resulted from the vicious abuse of bullies at school…An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” Kirkus Reviews
  3. News: Borges Literary Homage Prompts Lawsuit, by Dennis Abrams – “Author Pablo Katchadjian could face jail for remixing Jorge Luis Borges’s story ‘The Aleph’ after Borges’ widow brings a lawsuit for intellectual fraud.”  Publishing Perspectives
  4. Feature: Is Memory the Memoirist’s Worst Enemy? by Madelon Sprengnether – “Memoir writers portray themselves as telling it like it is. ‘Trust us,’ they seem to say, ‘we are not making things up.’ As readers, we are asked to credit their veracity. Blatant alteration of the facts is viewed by most as a violation of that trust.”  The Daily Beast
  5. birdhillReview: “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” by Naomi Jackson, reviewed by Hamilton Cain – “From Maryse Condé to Edwidge Danticat to Tiphanie Yanique, contemporary Caribbean writers have produced an exquisite literature of diaspora and affirmation, richly depicting the dreams and disappointments of their characters. Now Naomi Jackson joins their ranks with “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” a serious yet effervescent debut that showcases three generations of women as they grapple with conflict and loss during the fateful summer of 1989.”  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  6. Feature: The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace, by Christian Lorentzen  – “Nobody Owns Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. ”  Vulture
  7. BransfordInterview: 5 On: Nathan Bransford, with Chris Jane – “In this 5 On interview, Nathan Bransford discusses (among other things) the ongoing emphasis on author platform, publisher and author marketing responsibilities, and in what way being a literary agent influenced his writing.” Jane Friedman
  8. News: Did James Patterson give money to your school library? by Ron Charles – “James Patterson — the Daddy Warbucks of American publishing — made good on his pledge to help school libraries today. The bestselling writer of thrillers announced $500,000 in grants to 127 schools across the country. This is just the first installment of a $1.75 million program to help libraries buy books, fund literary programs and make repairs.”  The Washington Post
  9. localgirlsReview: “Local Girls,” by Caroline Zancan, reviewed by Amy Scribner – “In Local Girls, Henry Holt editor Caroline Zancan’s funny and poignant debut novel, Maggie, Nina and Lindsey are dead-end girls living in the recession-rotted Orlando suburbs. They didn’t do well in school and don’t really have any plans now that they’ve graduated. But as they get progressively drunker with Sam Decker, the story of their friendship unfolds.”  Book Page
  10. Commentary: Do Genre Labels Matter Anymore? – “Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison discuss whether categorical descriptions are as stable or as useful as they used to be.”  The New York Times
  11. JamesWoodInterview: The Art of Persuasion, an interview with critic James Wood, by Steve Paulson – “There are book critics and bibliophiles – and then there’s James Wood.  Often called the best critic of his generation, he first made his name as the young scourge at The Guardian while still in his twenties.  In 1995, the British-born Wood moved to America and built his reputation with his lengthy, closely-argued reviews in The New Republic.  Now a staff writer at The New Yorker, as well as Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard, he presides over the literary scene like no other book critic today.”  Electric Lit

Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “The Sun Singer” and “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”SunSinger4cover

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