|On this day in 1973 Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow appeared, causing among the critics the sort of wonder and mayhem which begins the novel, as a V-2 rocket slams into 1944 London: “A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now….” The final verdicts ranged from “unreadable” to “masterpiece.” …read more|
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On this day in 1956 Sylvia Plath described in her journal her first meeting with Ted Hughes: “…Then the worst thing happened, that big, dark, hunky boy, the only one there huge enough for me, who had been hunching around over women, and whose name I had asked the minute I had come into the room, but no one told me, came over and was looking hard in my eyes and it was Ted Hughes….” …read more
February 25, 2011
|On this day in 1830 Victor Hugo’s Hernani premiered in Paris. Though the play is rarely read or staged now, the opening night is regarded as one of the most momentous in French theater history, part of a larger and most theatrical conflict between the new-wave bohemians in Hugo’s “Romantic Army” (these included Dumas, Balzac and Berlioz) and the old-guard Classicists — a conflict soon decisively won. …read more|
Walker Books is launching marketing campaigns to support its picture book publishing and teen fiction ranges. Undercover, promoting a range of YA titles, will launch in March and a separate picture book campaign, Picture Book Picnic, will begin in April.
Joanne Owen, consumer marketing manager, said, “We wanted to find a way to pull together and cross-promote a range of titles within these two key areas. It makes a lot of sense to invest longer-term, and we envisage both campaigns will continue beyond this launch year.” Each campaign is backed by a five-figure budget. …read more
Booksellers and publishers in Egypt are re-opening their doors with “excitement about a new era in publishing” after the country’s revolution. Some publishers and booksellers became targets after supporters of the former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, attacked symbols of democracy and freedom of speech in 18 days of protest. …read more
Hodder & Stoughton is gearing up for the launch of the final book in the Earth’s Children series, which began 35 years ago with an idea for a short story.
The Land of Painted Caves will be the sixth novel in Jean M Auel’s series which follows Ayla, a girl orphaned in an earthquake and brought up by a clan of Neanderthals before becoming a wife, mother and now in the last book a wise woman of the Ninth Cave, a group of Cro-Magnons in south-west France. The fifth novel, Shelters of Stone, was published nine years ago, selling 2.3 million copies worldwide in its first six months.
By Audrey Watters
The Internet Archive, in conjunction with 150 libraries, has rolled out a new 80,000 e-book lending collection today on OpenLibrary.org. This means that library patrons with an OpenLibrary account can check out any of these e-books.
The hope is that this effort will help libraries make the move to digital book lending. “As readers go digital, so are our libraries,” says Brewster Kahle, founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive.
This new digital lending system will allow library patrons to borrow up to 5 e-books at a time for up to 2 weeks. ….read more
by Daisy Maryles
All coverage of the official opening on February 20 of the 25th Jerusalem International Book Fair focused on British author Ian McEwan’s acceptance of the Jerusalem Book Prize, Israel’s highest literary honor. The celebrated author had been besieged with demands that he boycott the prize and his trip to Jerusalem. ”It will make him a collaborator with Israel’s worst human rights offenders,” was how the London newspaper The Guardian put it. McEwan told the standing room only crowd that “since accepting the invitation to Jerusalem, my time has not been peaceful.”