A Pen Warmed Up In Hell

“It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism.. . .” Our apologies to Mr. Twain.

This is the 1st post of the Bullpen, I hope to use it to share gossip about what books are warming up. Books in the news, books that aren’t getting their fair shake at the check out counter, books that customers might be looking for in the future. Hopefully information that will be useful to the average used bookseller.

From todays news : something that is NOT getting enough play, the US has denied author William Blum permission to travel to the 15th International Book Fair in Cuba to present his 2003 book Killing Hope U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II. This item has so far only been reported in the Cuban News media. Now if he REALLY wanted to attend this Book Fair, he wouldn’t have told them he was going. Which leds me to think that if he was trying to get some advertising mileage from being denied permission to travel, he has failed.

BTW: Joan Didion, winner of the National Book Award for her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking and William Vollmann are among finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards. John Updike, a two-time National Book Critics Circle winner for fiction, is a nominee in the criticism category of the awards for Still Looking : Essays on American Art, nominees for which were named over the weekend. And Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist on trial for criticizing his native country, is a memoir finalist for Istanbul. Awards will be announced March 3.

The dates for the 2006 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar have been announced – August 6-11, 2006, will be held in beautiful Colorado Springs, immediately following the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair.



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