commentary • NPR’s Daniel Shore comments on English as the National Language.

stocking fees (read: payola) •
The Sunday Times exposes the truth about publisher’s paying stocking fees to booksellers to convert their books into bestsellers. This does not come as news to those of us in the US.

squeezed nickle • apparently publishers have been

the creeping naughty • Cryptomundo has a chilling tale of casual reprinting of other people’s books without respect to actual ownership. the terrified little voices in my head say that this is not an isolated case.

cookies • Vancouver author Charlotte Gill has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for her short story collection Ladykiller.

a TRULY Portable Dorthy Parker • with the NAACP contemplating a move from Baltimore to Washington, DC. Parker’s fans are wondering if her ashes are going along for the ride. Her ashes sat unclaimed for 15 years after her death because her executor Lillian Hellman didn’t think to inter her. The NAACP buried her cremains in a memorial garden in 1988.

cookies • finalists for the The Wales Book of the Year the UK’s only bilingual literary price have been announced at Hay Festival.

bad omens • the Chicago Tribune reports that book banning in school curriculums is far from over in their fair state.

event • the Guardian’s Culture Vulture has live blogging from the Hay on Wye Festival of books. For full coverage.

audio • NPR’s Bonny Wolf gives us a nice little piece about leafing through a few summer cookbooks

chilling reads • NPR reports on the Nordic Fictional Crime Wave, especially Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander Mystery series.

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