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On the Books: Bruce Springsteen lists his favorite reads

- In August, Bruce Springsteen announced he would release an illustrated children’s bookOutlaw Pete will hit shelves Tuesday, and to drum up excitement, Springsteen talked to The New York Times about some of his favorite books. Some of Springsteen’s favorites make a lot of sense, given that he’s a champion of grandiose songs about daily life: He suggests Dostoevsky and Tolstoy as his favorite novelists of all-time, for their work on The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina, respectively. He also says he just finished Moby-Dick and Love in the Time of Cholera and loved both.

The interview wasn’t all about doom and gloom, however. Springsteen regretfully admitted that he didn’t read The Grapes of Wrath until “long after” he wrote the classic song “Ghost of Tom Joad.” And when asked which three writers he’d most want to host for a literary dinner, Springsteen named four—Philip Roth, Keith Richards, Leo Tolstoy, and Bob Dylan—adding that “the babbling in different tongues would be wonderful.” [The New York Times]

- Some other rock legends are publishing a book—but it ain’t no Outlaw Pete. Just in time for the holidays, Taschen Books will release Rolling Stones, “a definitive, authorized illustrated history of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.” Get excited: The 500-page collection can be yours for a smooth $5,000. For five grand you’ll get the “sumo-size” 20-by-20-inch book, which includes essays, photographs, archival material, an introduction by former President Bill Clinton, and is packaged in a clamshell case. [L.A. Times]

- A new collaboration would appear to bode well for horror fans. Doubleday and Vintage books have announced they’ll be working with Blumhouse Productions, who have brought horror franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge to the big screen with micro-budgets. The new venture, Blumhouse Books, will makes its debut with a collection of short fiction from people in the horror film industry, including Ethan Hawke, Eli Roth, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Chris Denham, and James DeMonaco. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City should go on sale in July 2015. [Publishers Weekly]

- As e-readers become more and more common, one problem seems to persist: Efficiently reading things like textbooks. Tackling a fiction novel is relatively easy, because users go through it in sequential order. But finding a particular recipe in a cookbook or the right chapter to study for an exam—that can be tougher. Google Play Books wants to fix that. The company announced a big update to its Android app that will bring scrubbing, a common feature on lots of other smartphone apps, to the realm of digital books. [The Verge]

On the Books: Bruce Springsteen's publishing a book about a bank-robbing baby


The Boss is jumping on the bandwagon of musicians writing children’s books with the November 4 release of Outlaw Pete, a picture book based on his 2009 song of the same name. The book will be composed of Springsteen’s lengthy lyrics about a bank-robbing baby paired with illustrations by cartoonist/author Frank Caruso, according to New York Times.

While it’s being marketed as a picture book for adults, Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp said it’s “for readers of all ages.”

“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western,” he told The Times. “Obviously, the song it’s based on is for adults. It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.”

Fellow musician Keith Richards announced back in March would be writing a children’s book, following in the footsteps of Madonna, Jimmy Buffett, and three of the four Beatles.

Interview with Tony Fletcher, author of 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths' of you might know The Smiths as one of the seminal indie rock bands of the 1980’s, responsible for such landmark albums as Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead. Others (myself included) know them as “that band that Zooey Deschanel listens to in (500) Days of Summer“. Thanks to Ms. Deschanel’s music-savvy temptress and, now, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the group that made Morrissey and Johnny Marr household names is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. But there’s much more to these Manchester lads than weepie teen fiction.


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