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Book Bits: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ Scarlett Johannson, James Joyce letters, Ursula Le Guin

BookBitsBook Bits is a compilation of links to book news, author interviews, reviews and other publishing information that appears on this blog on Tuesdays.

In a Facebook discussion with another author about book series that continue to be produced after their founding authors have died, we agreed (subjectively, perhaps) that there’s a difference between a series in which the author has chosen another author to continue on and a series where somebody else is hired by the estate or the publisher to write more novels. While I read Stieg Larsson’s original novels, I have mixed feelings about another author writing more “girl” stories even though the New York Times likes the new novel. (Item 1)

Here are today’s links:

  1. spiderswebbookNews: A new life for Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl’ series, by Jocelyn McClurg – “David Lagercrantz uses the word ‘passionate’ repeatedly to describe his feelings about writing the new Stieg Larsson crime novel and resurrecting Lisbeth Salander, the fierce hacker heroine from the best-selling Millennium series. And another word: ‘Nervous.'”  USA Today
  2. Looking Back: “In 1952, The Old Man and the Sea is published in LIFE; five million copies of the magazine sold in two days.” – Literary Hub
  3. Obituary: Paul Kropp – “Canadian author and publisher Paul Kropp, who wrote more than 70 books, co-founded High Interest Publishing and “will be remembered by the generations of reluctant readers whose lives he touched with his books,” died August 22, the Toronto Globe & Mail reported. He was 67.”  Shelf Awareness – See Sandra Guilland’s tribute “In Memory of Paul Kropp (1948 – 2015)”
  4. On the list

    On the list

    Lists: 33 Must-Read Books for Fall 2015, by Jonathan Sturgeon – “Even though Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is the first book on this list, it is in many ways the least important. The truth is that after a dizzying autumn, we may not remember Franzen’s novel at all.”  Flavorwire

  5. News: Novel Scarlett Johannson wanted banned is due out in English, by Alison Flood – “The bestselling French novel that Scarlett Johansson went to court over in an attempt to block translation is due out in English next month. The award-winning novelist Grégoire Delacourt’s La Première Chose Qu’on Regarde (The First Thing You See) opens as mechanic Arthur Dreyfuss is paid a visit by a woman he believes is Johansson. ”  The Guardian
  6. Feature: Survey finds Millennials most irked by bad grammar and spelling slips, by Leanne Italie – “It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating their abilities.” US News & World Report
  7. udallatreesReview: “Under the Udala Trees,” by Chinelo Okparanta, reviewed by Jaclyn Fulwood – “Marriage equality has created so much conversation in the United States recently that it is perhaps easy to forget that gay rights are a global battleground. This first novel from Chinelo Okparanta (after the story collection Happiness, Like Water) throws into sharp relief the historical and continuing struggles of the LGBTQ population of Nigeria.”  Shelf Awareness
  8. News: Rare James Joyce letters sold in US auction, by Alison Flood – “Two ‘extremely rare’ handwritten letters by James Joyce, in which the Irish author laments the problems in finding a printer for Ulysses in the UK, have been sold in America for almost 10 times their guide price.”  The Guardian
  9. Oliver Sacks

    Oliver Sacks

    Obituary: Oliver Sacks – “Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks died yesterday at the age of eighty-two after a battle with cancer. Sacks authored numerous books, including Awakenings (1973) and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985), about treating patients who suffered from various brain disorders; his books served as detailed meditations on consciousness and the intersections of science, art, and the human condition.” Poets & Writers

  10. Feature: Tracing a Father’s Escape From Auschwitz, by Malcolm Forbes – “Göran Rosenberg’s A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz and Monika Held’s This Place Holds No Fear are born from deep, immersive study. Rosenberg has sifted books and documents to plot his father’s journey to freedom; Held has interviewed Auschwitz survivors to craft what she terms “fiction out of reality.” Both books are expertly translated—Rosenberg’s by Sarah Death, Held’s by Anne Posten—and both make for sobering but deeply rewarding reading.” This story also contains information about other Holocaust books.  The Daily Beast
  11. steertingInterview: Ursula Le Guin (“Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story”), with Scott Simon – “She says she doesn’t believe in a lot of do’s and don’ts in writing. But she does run writing workshops in which serious writers might test what works well, and what doesn’t quite do the job. Back in the ’90s, Le Guin wrote a manual for aspiring writers called Steering the Craft. And she’s just released a new edition of the book, updated for the 21st century.”  NPR
  12. News: Oxford Dictionaries Adds ‘Hangry’ and ‘Manspreading’ by Maryann Yin – “Oxford Dictionnaires—the division of Oxford responsible for updating the masses on just how stupid everyone sounds—has updated its list of words.” Galleycat
  13. How To: Introduce Me with a Comma, by Beth Hill – “Comma use is tough for many of us. We check CMOS, Hart’s and our favorite grammar books, and sometimes we’re still not certain when to include a comma and when it’s safe to exclude them.”  The Editor’s Blog
  14. manwhofellReview: “The Man Who Fell From The Sky,” by Margaret Coel, reviewed by Leslie Doran – “Boulder author Margaret Coel’s mystery series features the unusual team of Father John O’Malley and Vicky Holden. Father John is a Jesuit priest who has been in charge of the St. Francis Mission on the Wind River Reservation for more than a decade. Vicky is an Arapaho attorney with a close relationship with the priest. They work together unofficially to solve crimes on the Wind River Reservation, or ones involving the Arapaho people.”  The Denver Post

KIndle cover 200x300Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the Jim Crow era novella “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”


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