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Book bits: Indie Bookstores, Christina Ricci, Zelda Fitzgerald, Self Publishing

BookBitsThis occasional feature shares some of the book news I notice while reading the entire Internet every day. (Okay, maybe I skip the boring parts and the fake news.)

  • Quotation: “Thanks, Amazon! Not Indie Bookstores are Booming – Indies are thriving because of Amazon, not in spite of the Internet behemoth. This is a story of two different types of bookstores: one with vast inventory, low prices and algorithm-driven recommendations, and another that lures customers seeking tightly curated collections and a community of bookworms.” –Kristiano Ang  ShelfAwareness
  • tagoreNewsA Nobel Tradition: Rabindranath Tagore — the First Songwriter to Win the Prize, by Caroline Eden  – “Calcutta-born poet Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the prize in 1913. The Nobel website states that it was given to him ‘because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.’” LA Review of Books
  • Interview: Z: The Beginning of Everything’s Christina Ricci on Adapting a Southern Accent and Why Zelda Fitzgerald Would Have Loved Instagram, with E. Alex Jung – “I was surprised by how young they died [Zelda was 47 when she died, F. Scott was 44]. I guess it does surprise me that she wasn’t stronger and able to get out of the situation she was in. I do understand the time period and I do understand that she really did make an effort, but I think also she just felt so bound to him and so responsible for him.” Vulture
  • luckyboyReview: Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran, reviewed by Chika Gujarathi – “At its core, Shanthi Sekaran’s compassionate second novel is a spectacular saga of motherhood and the choices we make to achieve it. Supporting the main cast are side characters who lend intriguing perspectives born of their own culture and belief systems: the Cassidys, who employ Soli; Uma, Kavya’s traditionally minded mother; and Silvia, the cousin who takes Soli in.” Book Page
  • Quotation: “I wrote a few children’s books. Not on purpose.” – Steven Wright
  • Claire Conteras

    Claire Conteras

    Viewpoint: Advantages of Self Publishing, Claire Conteras, with Poornima Apte – “From my experience, the biggest perk about self-publishing is that I have 100 percent control of everything I do. That can be a gift and a curse. It’s very difficult to carry the burden of marketing, editing, promoting, etc., while maintaining a consistent writing schedule. It’s definitely not for the weak.” Kirkus

Book Bits is compiled randomly by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of the Florida folk magic mystery Eulalie and Washerwoman.



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