Monthly Archives: January 2009

Pittsburgh university upset over Grisham novel

From the Associated Press: Officials at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are upset that best-selling author John Grisham mentions the school in connection with a fictional gang rape in his latest novel.

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An interesting survey

Publishers Weekly recently asked children’s booksellers to choose their favorite — and sometimes not so favorite — books of 2008. There were a few surprises for me in their choices.

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Grisham book has York angle

John Grisham’s new novel “The Associate” hit bookstores Tuesday. The book’s fictional main character, Kyle McAvoy, is a 25-year-old lawyer from York. McAvoy is recruited as a spy for a large law firm and travels to New York City, where … Continue reading

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Authors to Washington Post: Save Book World

From the Associated Press: Historians Robert Dallek and Sean Wilentz and author-essayist Barbara Ehrenreich are among the more than 100 writers who have signed an open letter asking The Washington Post not to shut down its stand-alone Sunday Book World … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s brother working on a book

From the Associated Press: NEW YORK — Michelle Obama’s brother is working on a book, part tribute to his family and part inspirational guide. “I’ve been privileged to know some extraordinary people in my life,” Craig Robinson, whose “A Game … Continue reading

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Tom Clancy goes digital

The author of such blockbusters as “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” is finally making his work available electronically, starting Feb. 3 with his breakthrough novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” the Associated Press reports. Publisher Penguin Group (USA) … Continue reading

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Author’s boyhood home destroyed by fire

This just in from the Associated Press: The boyhood home of Pulitzer-winning author Cormac McCarthy, long abandoned and overgrown, has been destroyed by a fire even as preservationists tried in recent months to save it.

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Highly regarded editor hired by Riverhead Books

From the Associated Press: Rebecca Saletan, a highly regarded publisher and editor who quit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt last month, has been named editorial director of Riverhead Books, where authors include Khaled Hosseini and Junot Diaz.

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Pa.-born novelist John Updike dead at 76

From the Associated Press: John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, died Tuesday at age 76. Updike was born in … Continue reading

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“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” author has new novel

To read the first chapter of Lisa See’s new novel, “Shangai Girls,” click here .

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