1814 – Washington, D.C. is burned and White House is destroyed by British forces during the War of 1812.
1836 – Bret Harte, American writer (d. 1902)
1921 – Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (d. 1999)
1949 – Martin Amis, English novelist
what am I bi d for? • Buoyed by last year’s success, the the Oakland-based nonprofit First Amendment Project again will auction off character-naming rights in forthcoming works by Carl Hiaasen, Lorrie Moore and Edward P. Jones.
scare city • Collectors and sellers trying to acquire library held books, buy all possible means.
event • William Shatner to open 28th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, Nov 5th.
something new • Norman Mailer’s 1st book in 10 years is scheduled for January release: Castle in the Forest.
worth reading • Forrest Proper’s State of Denial Blog is back on the air with 2 new installments after taking part of the summer off. It was sorely missed.
site to see • Fetchbooks.com which seems to do what Google’s Froogle does. If you are n’t particular about the actual BOOK, this tool price compares across a LOT of sites. I have a hard enough time NOW finding books that are ‘as described’ – this doesn’t sound like something I will benefit from. Anyone else tried it?