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Annalisa Quinn

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Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Note: This post was written before news of writer Maya Angelou's death emerged. Annalisa will be away until early next week, but feel free to send her your bookish thoughts and questions on Twitter at @annalisa_quinn.

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Book News: U.K. Plan To Cut American Lit From Tests Prompts Fierce Backlash

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

American classics like To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men will likely be cut from a major British standardized test, the GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from London: "British ...

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Friday, May 23, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book News: Sam Greenlee, Author Of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door,' Dies

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Sam Greenlee, a novelist and poet who was one of the first black Americans go to abroad with the Foreign Service, died Monday, according to The Associated Press. He was 83. In his most famous book, 1969's ...

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Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Ray Bradbury's Los Angeles house is for sale. The bright yellow three-bedroom house where the author of Fahrenheit 451 lived with his wife costs $1.495 million. As The Los Angeles Times' Carolyn Kellogg notes, Bradbury wrote ...

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Book News: Politician's Story Of Growing Up Poor Wins Ondaatje Prize

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Former U.K. Home Secretary Alan Johnson has won the Ondaatje prize, an annual £10,000 award for "a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place." His memoir This Boy: A Memoir ...

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Book News: Novel Mocking Literary Prizes Wins Literary Prize

Monday, May 19, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Edward St. Aubyn's new novel Lost For Words (reviewed below), an acid satire of literary prizes, has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. St. Aubyn's brutal portrait of the book-award scene features, among other ...

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Book News: If Jesus Dictates A Book To You, Who Holds The Copyright?

Friday, May 16, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • In an unusually metaphysical copyright case, a German court has ruled that an American psychologist — and not Jesus Christ — is the author of a book that she said Christ dictated to her in a ...

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Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book 'Author Of The Year' Award

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the Author of the Year award at the Children's Choice Book Awards for his book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans, in which Rush Revere and ...

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Book News: Was A Belgian Policeman The Real-Life Hercule Poirot?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The organization WaterisLife is developing a "Drinkable Book" that not only teaches water safety but can actually be used to treat drinking water. Each page, coated in bacteria-killing silver nanoparticles, can be torn out and used as ...

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Campy, Sweet Love Letters, Straight From The Kitten Basket

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The writer Christopher Isherwood met teenage Don Bachardy on a beach in Southern California when Isherwood was in his late 40s. For the next 30 years, until Isherwood's death in 1986, they were partners, collaborators and creators of a tender storybook world entirely their own.

Their collected love letters, edited ...

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Book News: Author Of Invented Holocaust Memoir Ordered To Return $22.5 Million

Monday, May 12, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Misha Defonseca, the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir that describes her hunt for her missing parents, her adoption by wolves, and her killing of a Nazi soldier, has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million ...

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Separatists Vote To Split From Ukraine; Russia 'Respects' Decision

Monday, May 12, 2014

A referendum on independence from Ukraine shows strong support for secession, according to separatist leaders in the districts where Sunday's vote was held. Kiev and Western governments say the vote is illegitimate.

Russia, which has been accused of orchestrating the unrest in eastern Ukraine, says it "respects the expression of ...

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Book News: Was Hong Kong Publisher's 10-Year Sentence Political Payback?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Also: Amazon is reportedly delaying the shipment of Hachette books for periods of several weeks; Oyster has partnered with 500 new publishers.

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Drum Fill Friday, For May 9

Friday, May 09, 2014

After a few weeks of guest Quizmasters, I'm back with one of my own special blends. I'd call this a top-40 mix or, as some might say, some pretty low-hanging fruit in the world of drum fills and intros. I'm expecting a lot of 5 out of 5 scores, so ...

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Book News: New York Public Library Scraps Controversial Renovation

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The New York Public Library has abandoned a controversial plan to renovate its 42nd Street flagship building. The Central Library Plan, as it was called, would have turned the research institution into a circulating library, moving the ...

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Book News: Putin Clamps Down On Cursing In Books, Movies

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law this week that requires books containing obscenities to come in sealed packages with warning labels and that bans cursing in movies and the performing arts. The law is set to ...

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Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Philadelphia bookstore Giovanni's Room, thought to be the oldest gay bookstore in the country, will close on May 17, the Philadelphia Gay News reported last week. In the time since the announcement, Victoria A. Brownworth wrote ...

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Book News: Iranian Author Of 'Pomegranate Soup' Found Dead In Ireland

Monday, May 05, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Iranian-born novelist Marsha Mehran, author of the bestselling Pomegranate Soup, was found dead Wednesday at her home in Lecanvey, Ireland. She was 36. In Pomegranate Soup and its sequel, Rosewater and Soda Bread, Marjan Aminpour and her ...

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