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.
salvaged – The 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)
• 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.
• 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)