shaped like books

the Book Magazine , a new UK quarterly national consumer magazine about books has decided to crown themselves a Greatest Living British Writer if Rowling wins I may vomit. This Mag smells a lot like PW’s Booklife, new books fed to the public in pop culture servings.

salvagedThe Russian Embassy is saving the thousands of books from the Russian bookshop in Gaithersburg that unexpectedly closed last month when the owner was evicted.

guilded Roy Blount Jr. has been elected president of The Authors Guild, which represents thousands of published authors and freelance journalists.

lingo bingo – fiction translators don’t get enough love, as in this piece from the News & Observer (NC)

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• from the Weekly Standard: Plagiary, It’s Crawling All Over Me by Joseph Epstein
• Anthony Burgess’s
Clockwork Orange: A Prophetic and Violent Masterpiece by Theodore Dalrymple, found a nice little Italian site with some snippets of Burgess reading from Clockwork Orange.

e-fiction Slate.com will be offering an online novel written in real time, by novelist Walter Kirn. Installments of The Unbinding, will appear roughly twice a week from March through June.

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• American Adam Hochschild has won the 2006 Lionel Gelber Prize (Can) for writing about international affairs: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves.
J.B. MacKinnon’s Dead Man in Paradise won The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction which is awarded to the Canadian author whose book “best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style and a subtlety of thought and perception.”

booksafes – Western Digital shipping external hard drives shaped like books. Editions start at $149.99 for 160 Gigs to $349.99 for 500 GB. I wonder if they come leather bound?

obit worth reading – Honolulu artist and author Martha Alexander at 86

I’m trying folks, but there is not a lot going on in the land of used books. I will try to beef up the original content. (yes that IS a hint for submissions for guest blogs)

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