It’s been over a month since Occupy Wall Street protesters took to lower Manhattan to protest a whole host of issues regarding financial regulation, inequality, and frustration with America’s current economic system. With growing media coverage, celeb spotting, and protests popping up in other cities all over the world, everyone has an opinion, and it’s no surprise that authors have decided to weigh in as well. READ FULL STORY
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English author Julian Barnes won this year’s Man Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. (At $80,000, it’s also one of the most lucrative for a single book). The 65-year-old won for his brief, but concentrated, novel The Sense of an Ending, a story about a contented, middle-aged man whose past comes back to haunt him in surprising ways.
Stella Rimington, who headed the panel of judges this year, came under criticism recently for supposedly “dumbing down” the awards when she stated that the judges were looking to honor “readable” books: “We were looking for enjoyable books. I think they are readable books,” she said. “We wanted people to buy these books and read them. Not buy them and admire them.”
Barnes himself has criticized the Prize in the past, calling it “posh bingo” and accusing judges of being “inflated by their brief celebrity.”
The U.S. release of the book was fast-tracked from Jan. 2012 to Oct. 11 of this year in anticipation of the announcement of the award, which Barnes was widely favored to win.
EW’s review of ‘The Sense of an Ending’
Lauren Myracle’s National Book Award nomination withdrawn — Myracle reacts on Twitter
National Book Awards finalists announced — Tea Obreht reacts to her nomination
On the Books Sept. 12: Knopf to fast-track publication of Julian Barnes’ novel
In a truly embarrassing snafu, the National Book Foundation admitted that it incorrectly named Shine, the controversial novel by popular young adult author Lauren Myracle, as a nominee in the Young People’s Literature category last week. The debacle began on Wednesday when the NBF accidentally listed Shine instead of Chime by Franny Billingsley as a nominee. Initially, the list of nominees grew to six to include both Shine and Chime, but on Friday, Myracle was asked to officially withdraw from the running to preserve the “integrity” of the awards and the judges’ decisions. The NBF has agreed to donate $5,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation in recognition of their mistake. (The plot of Shine centers on a gay teen who falls victim to a heinous hate crime.) READ FULL STORY
So Shelf Life asked major players in the New York publishing world about the desirability of an Amanda Knox book. Although some of the editors and agents we reached out to were unwilling to comment out of fear of jeopardizing current or future book deals, the impression we got is something that’s been obvious all along: Pretty much every agent and publisher in town would love to make an Amanda Knox book happen.
Especially attractive to publishers is that Knox is a sympathetic figure without the “ick factor” of Casey Anthony, the other major headline-maker this year. READ FULL STORY
Yet another artifact from the slow, painful death of Borders has emerged. A fascinating look inside a (justifiably) angry bookseller’s mind, this manifesto of sorts, “Things We Never Told You: Ode to a bookstore death” informs us of what those helpful Borders folks had to put up with. (I have to admit — seeing the list, I realize I’ve been a bad customer in the past.) Hopefully, we’ll learn from our mistakes and treat the Barnes & Noble people better. The statements from the list are re-printed below — which ones do you agree with? READ FULL STORY
Jennifer Close, J. Courtney Sullivan, Sloane Crosley: Chick authors who avoid the 'chick-lit' stigma
For some smart, young female novelists, having their books branded “chick lit” is the worst imaginable insult. On Friday, author Polly Courtney wrote about her decision to drop her publisher, HarperCollins, after it tried to “shoe-horn” her latest non-chick-lit novel into a “frilly, chick-lit” package. When the pastel-hued cover doesn’t reflect the work inside, she writes, everyone is disappointed: “the author, for seeing his or her work portrayed as such; the readers, for finding there is too much substance in the plot; and the passers-by, who might actually have enjoyed the contents but dismissed the book on the grounds of its frivolous cover.” No surprise, Courtney’s complaints drew ire from those who have more nuanced views on chick-lit, and this debate will undoubtedly pop up again and again.
But isn’t the term “chick-lit” itself a bit passé, very pre-2006? READ FULL STORY
++ According to the Guardian, author Chinua Achebe allegedly declined an offer from rapper-actor 50 Cent of $1 million to use the title Things Fall Apart for his upcoming football movie. The reports claim that 50 Cent was forced to change the title — which Achebe originally took from the William Butler Yeats poem “The Second Coming” — to All Things Fall Apart.
++ Little, Brown has announced in a press release that it will publish Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family by Laurie Sandell. Sandell has conducted extensive interviews with Andrew Madoff, Ruth Madoff, and Catherine Hooper, among others. The book will be released Oct. 31. READ FULL STORY
In early 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy opened up to historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. about life with John F. Kennedy, only months after his assassination. In a series of seven interviews, Mrs. Kennedy, known for her singular style, manners, and poise, offered up “tart commentary on former presidents, heads of state, her husband’s aides, powerful women, women reporters, even her mother-in-law,” according to The New York Times. With today’s release of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, we get to learn private details about the iconic couple’s life from a surprisingly candid, sharply opinionated Mrs. Kennedy in written and audio form. Historian Michael Beschloss pored over and annotated the 8.5 hours of interview, in addition to writing the book’s introduction. We asked Beschloss a few questions about the newly released recordings, which had been sealed for 47 years. READ FULL STORY
++ The children’s book Maggie Goes on a Diet is meant to help kids with making the right eating choices, but it’s riling up nutrition and body image experts and causing controversial garcinia cambogia reviews even before its publication in October. It tells the story of a girl who diets, loses weight, and becomes more popular and successful at school. READ FULL STORY
Jeff Ashton, the assistant state attorney who prosecuted Casey Anthony in the high-profile murder case of her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee, is writing a book about the experience. Ashton confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that publisher William Morrow will publish Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony in late November. Casey Anthony was acquitted of the major charges against her, and Ashton retired days after the not-guilty verdict was delivered.
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