Links this week cover ghostwriters, misogyny, books in art and e-reader apps. What are the most interesting book-related links you came across this week? Share in the comments.
Here on The Book Case, we've covered books by Snooki and Lauren Conrad, but that doesn't mean we haven't wondered if the celebs actually wrote their own books. In the Fashion & Style section, The New York Times confirms what we already suspected: That starlets and reality TV stars use ghostwriters, and that they don't want to give them credit. Does this news make you less likely to buy Hilary Duff's next novel?
V.S. Naipaul recently provoked anger and eyerolls when he claimed that women writers are "different, they are quite different" from male writers. He criticized their "sentimentality" and says he does not consider a single woman writer his equal. Truthfully, it's hard for me to get too bent out of shape over this kind of baloney, although you'd think a Nobel Prize winner would know better. (And yes, I'd love to see Lionel Shriver duke it out with Naipaul.)
Still, I enjoyed that The Guardian published a "Naipaul test." They posit: "Can you tell an author's sex?" Read 10 paragraphs and see if you can guess if the author is a man or a woman. Naipaul claims he can tell the different from only a paragraph or two because a woman's writing is inferior. Jennifer Weiner reports on Twitter that she got 6/10 answers correct.
On the LA Times' book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg shares photos and info from a series by German artist Daniela Comani:
In the series, Comani retitles books by inverting gender-focused words in the titles: "La Petite Princesss" for "The Little Prince," "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman" in place of James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." She uses images of vintage book covers and very closely recreates them.
If you have an iOs device (iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad) and you're in the market for an e-reader app, you ought to check out The Book Designer's reviews of the Kindle App, Stanza and Google Books. Blogger Joel Friedlander will also take a look at Apple’s iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo . . . so stay tuned! What's your favorite e-reader app?
I don't know about you all, but I am pretty darn excited about the long weekend. What are you planning to read? I already mentioned that I'm diving into The Foreigners . . .
Here are some favorite links of the week:
Have you come across any click-worthy links this week? Our Google reader is always overflowing, and here are a few links we were especially excited about.
Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend?
Over the weekend, publishing veteran Pat Holt wrote an impassioned post about Mahvish Rukhsana Khan's memoir, My Guantanamo Diary. She writes that this is one of her favorite nonfiction titles of the last three years:
As you can see, thanks to Khan’s ability to insert a sense of humanity into the controversy over torture and the effects of war, I was engrossed in even the most painful parts of My Guantanamo Diary, and still am today. Following the death of Osama bin Laden, It’s important to be informed in every detail of the way America deals with political suspects.
Last week, Elizabeth Gilbert gave a reading at the New York Public Library that served as her farewell to Eat, Pray, Love. Here's more from The Atlantic:
About a year and a half ago, she says she'd had enough, and felt like peeling off from the Eat, Pray, Love movement. "I didn't want to do it too soon because I thought it would be rude," Gilbert said. "People love this book and they want to meet the person who wrote it. I've been the ambassador." Determined "to see the phenomenon through," she waited until the release of the film and her most recent book Committed to come out in paperback.
What click-worthy links have you come across this week?
Also: What are you reading this weekend? Happy Friday!
In our office we've been cracking up today over the Onion's piece, "Author Promoting Book Gives It Her All Whether It's Just 3 People Or A Crowd Of 9 People." Authors out there: Funny, or too close to home?!
BookPage is a recommendation guide, so we don't post "worst" lists. That doesn't mean we don't enjoy the snark of others, though, and The New Dork Review of Books' post on "My Top Five Literary Nemeses" (think: Dan Brown and Celebrities Who Publish Fiction) made me chuckle.
Both of these links are a couple weeks old, but I still thought you'd be interested:
On Largehearted Boy, Adam Ross creates playlist for his novel, Mr. Peanut. Here's an excerpt on why he included "Heaven" by John Legend: "This is maybe the greatest song about making up after a brutal fight and it reminds me of the doozy my wife and I had after she read Mr. Peanut for the first time."
Happy Friday, readers! What book is on the top of your stack this weekend?
In honor of our latest podcast, I would first like to share a hilarious link for Little House on the Prairie enthusiasts everywhere: The Wilder Life author Wendy McClure's Laura-inspired Twitter feed, @halfpintingalls.
I hope you'll forgive me for a trip down memory lane, but if you need any more evidence that many, many girls have longed to go to Laura (Ingalls) World, check out these photos from the family archive:
Here's another one for the "literary drama" file (see: The literary vs. commercial fiction showdown). After Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize last week, she promptly gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in which she suggested that chick-lit authors write "very derivative, banal stuff." A lot of readers and writers were not amused. Others dismissed the complaints as whining.
Did you hear that there was a Royal Wedding this morning? BookPage's romance columnist Christie Ridgway—also a novelist—wants you to play her Royal Wedding drinking game. (If you missed the wedding at 5 a.m., you can no doubt catch highlights for the rest of the day, and eternally online.)
Finally, Sunday's edition of the New York Times Book Review features a hilarious essay about how writers through the ages have self-promoted. If you think tweeting and blogging take a lot of effort, just think about writing an entire novel "while suspended in a glass cage outside the Moulin Rouge nightclub for 72 hours." !!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. What are you planning to read?
Since tomorrow is the last day of National Library Week, my first link of the week is this nice video produced by Open Road Media. In the video, Pat Conroy is interviewed about going to the library during childhood. His mother took him to the library, and "it was her example, in fact, that led him to appreciate literature." As a fan of Conroy, I can personally appreciate that example.
I never thought I'd post a link from the U.S. Postal Service, but there's a first time for anything. The next stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series features Gregory Peck in his role as—who else?—Atticus Finch. If you find yourself in Monroeville, Alabama (Harper Lee's hometown), on April 29, you ought to go to the postage stamp release party on the lawn of the Old Courthouse Museum.
A lot of people were oohing and ahhing over the New York Social Diary's collection of photos showing famous authors with their dogs (and they are pretty darn cute photos), but over at The Book Case we're glad that cats are getting their moment, too. As Trisha told me, it's a shame that cats are always the second act . . . but we're still happy to see these cute pictures of "Writers and Kitties."
What click-worthy links have you come across this week? Let us know in the comments—and we hope you have a book-filled weekend!
Readers, I have to admit that this post was composed in a bit of a hurry, as several members of the BookPage crew—including me—are about to hightail it to Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival. We'll be interviewing Kyran Pittman about her memoir Planting Dandelions, interviewing some librarians and generally rubbing shoulders with a bunch of bookish folks. We couldn't be more excited! As such, my first link of the week is the Oxford American magazine's roundup of "sure bets" at the festival.
If you happen to be at the festival this weekend and you see a tall blonde with crazy-curly hair walking around . . . it might be me, so come say hello. Otherwise, I hope our adventures in festival-going inspire you to look up literary events in your town. Anyone doing anything book-related this weekend?
In other news, The Tournament of Books is officially over, and I was surprised by the results. I won't spoil the news for you, but read here if you're interested. I haven't yet read the winning book, but it definitely just moved up in my TBR.
We posted Tim Ferriss' trailer for The 4-Hour Body a while back, and I thought when I first saw the video that it was one of the most professionally produced, exciting book trailers I'd ever seen. Now I know why. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes post, Ferris explains how meticulous he was in the video's production . . . and how he spent $12,000 on getting it made.
Have you read any interesting blog posts or articles this week? Let us know in the comments.
Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend?
Have you read any interesting blog posts or articles this week? Here are a few click-worthy links that I've come across . . .
If you've ever felt like you're too old to accomplish a dream (for example: writing a book), then you'd do well to read this article about Stéphane Hessel, a 93-year-old best-selling essayist from France. It's never too late!
In the mood for something beautiful and innovative? Check out this gorgeous dress constructed from . . . Little Golden Books. The Project Runway fan inside of me thinks this is the most wonderful idea ever.
This link is for all of you who look forward to our Recipe of the Week posts. Raise your hand if you've Googled a recipe this week. Guilty as charged? (I certainly am.) I'll warn you that this post does contain some coding jargon, but it also provides a fascinating look at how home cooks use Google for finding recipes, and how Google's search function is biased toward speed and low-cal diets. Sounds great until you want to search for an authentic cassoulet—a recipe that should take four hours, but will not have a high ranking in Google.
If you have any interest in the world of self publishing, then you have no doubt been following the story of Amanda Hocking. The author of the Trylle Trilogy and My Blood Approves series, Hocking has made more than $2 million by self publishing her books. And then she dropped a bomb on the publishing world and signed a $2 million contract with traditional publisher St. Martin's Press. In this blog post, Hocking explains why she made the decision that she did.
Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend? I'm hoping to cozy up with Anne Patchett's June novel, State of Wonder. Can't wait!
What are your click-worthy links of the week? Here are a few items that are both news-worthy and just for fun:
Looking for a laugh? Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm posted this hilarious link to a person wondering about a "video rental store but for books." As Kerry titled the post: "It's called the Library."
Thanks to Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are and Maurice Sendak are hipper than ever. Fans will be thrilled to hear that Sendak has written and illustrated his first new book in almost 30 years. Bumble-Ardy will be about "a pig who longs to party." It comes out September 6; read more in this piece on WSJ.com.
Were you intrigued by Jodi Picoult's latest, Sing You Home, after reading our review and the author's handwritten Q&A? You have to check out this brand new web exclusive conversation between Picoult and Ellen DeGeneres—which includes the news flash that Ellen is adapting the novel into a movie.
Sick of eBooks but still want something new? The Guardian reports on the 'flipback' book—a pocket-sized book for reading on the go . . . "It's small, light and portable – and it doesn't need charging." Do YOU think this could kill Kindle?