fair-ness – From Atwood’s mechanical hand to the guy from Google, “What technology can do” was the theme of this year’s the London Book Fair and a HarperCollins UK, exec fears Amazon’s move into publishing more than Google’s digitization…..is this good or bad?
game preserves – The editor of the beloved Chambers Dictionary is trying to save the ‘zoozoo’, ‘obernowl’, ‘logodaedalus’, ‘incompossible’ and supernaculum’. toaster– Chambers online offers 2 free PDF books, Word Wit and Wisdom – charts the fascinating history of The Chambers Dictionary and Scrabble® Hints.
cookies – nominees for the UK Orange Prize for Fiction by a woman announced:
- Leila Aboulela – Minaret
- Lorraine Adams – Harbor
- Naomi Alderman – Disobedience
- Jill Dawson – Watch Me Disappear
- Helen Dunmore – House of Orphans
- Philippa Gregory – The Constant Princess
- Alice Greenaway – White Ghost Girls
- Gail Jones – Dreams of Speaking
- Nicole Krauss – The History of Love
- Hilary Mantel – Beyond Black
- Sue Miller – Lost in the Forest
- Joyce Carol Oates – Rape: A Love Story
- Marilynne Robinson – Gilead
- Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep
- Ali Smith – The Accidental
- Zadie Smith – On Beauty
- Carrie Tiffany – Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living
- Celestine Hitiura Vaite – Frangipani
- Sarah Waters – The Night Watch
- Meg Wolitzer – The Position
hot to trot – Harness Tracks of America has launched a new service to the sport. The association of 42 harness tracks has added a Rare Books division to its Web site, offering “the rarest of the rare” in literature of the trotting and pacing horse. I just love this story….how many industries care about their own literature?
worth while – Washington Post has an interview with Chapel Hill Professor Bart Ehrman author of Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Prof Ehrman was also a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air in Dec. I am not religiously inclined and I found this fascinating.
ex-pats –JM Coetzee has become an Australian citizen.
• The ashes of M. M. Kaye, the author of The Far Pavilions, were scattered in Lake Piccola in Udaipur, India over the weekend.
• Bloomington novelist Harold Sinclair is remembered 40 years after his passing.