World Penguin Day

1719 The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Being the Second and Last Part of his Life, And of the Strange Surprizing Accounts of his Travels Round three Parts of the Globe Written by Himself To which is added a Map of the World, in which is Delineated the Voyages of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is published.

cookies • Sweetness in the Belly by Toronto writer Camilla Gibb, is among the winners of the 2006 Trillium Book Award. is it just me? or do the Canadians give out more than the average amount of book awards?

cookies n’milk • Scots author Ali Smith became the first person to have a novel shortlisted for all three of Britain’s biggest literary awards. The Accidental, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year and in January won the Whitbread Novel of the Year, was yesterday named as one of the six novels in contention for this year’s Orange Prize.

mitzvah • Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell will read to second graders from his children’s book The Tree Farmer as part of a nationwide book relief effort for students affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

deadhorses • thanks to the Boston Globe’s David Mehegan for giving us all the heads up about Alloy Entertainment ‘the book packager’ who shares the copyright and no doubt the lion’s share of the advance on Ms. Viswanatha’s novel-in-question. It only leads me to think, don’t these guys know their business? don’t they READ the competition? They were hired by Wm Morris to help this ‘prodigy’ (yeah it was hard to type that word) ‘find her voice’. So, if they constructed the narrative and a great deal of the wording was intuited by Ms. Viswanatha from other novels she ‘internalized’ I’m running out of quotes, what is left that can be construed as ‘her voice?’ I am disgusted at the thought that the more these publishers fret and wail about stolen profits and identities, that the higher up the NYT lists these books will creep. And I am saddened by the knowledge that Allow Entertainment will allow this kid to take the hit for any and all lapses of judgement. Because we know there are plenty more potential packages out there just waiting for this Literary Mama Rose to latch on to.

and more • Editorial worth reading from the Daily Herald Co., Everett, Wash.

and still more • Slate’s
John Barlow gives us the skinny on 17th Street Productions book packagers.

talking head • from the Guardian John Osborne biographer John Heilpern talks about John Osborne.

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