This Week in the Meltdown
Wondering how publishing company stocks are doing these days? Um….. basically as well as everyone else. Not Good.
Penguin imprint Dutton was in the news again as they won the auction for a new, Stoker-family-connected version of DRACULA. It will be the Stoker-family endorsed Dracula project since the 1931 film version.
Before you tell your kids to put down the Wiimote and go read some books, you may be curious to know that efforts are afoot to use video games to promote reading. Whatever works! Says the 28-year-old formerly addicted to Guitar Hero. Also the article has a new phrase I haven’t seen before: digital literary. Which is important.
Everyone’s favorite shy-author-publicity blog Shrinking Violet Promotions is compiling An Introvert’s Bill of Rights. My favorite so far: “Introverts have the right to leave social events “early” as needed.”
Editorial Anonymous reinforces perhaps the single best publishing advice that needs to be repeated again and again: don’t follow trends.
As I’m sure you have seen, as expected, the Nobel Prize for Literature was not won by an American, but rather Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, who the committee cited for being an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” But in the spirit of the current political season, I have a question for the mainstream media: How do we know that Le Clezio is not, and never has been, Cormac McCarthy? I call upon Le Clezi to prove that he is who he says he is and not the author whose terse prose and lack of quotation marks have demonstrated his fitness for the highest award granted in the name of inventors of dynamite.
And finally, in an article that is so quaint it kills, the Nobel Prize committee is gravely concerned that news of their selection of Le Clezio may have leaked early…… as reflected by the betting in the Nobel Prize futures market. I too lost sleep last night about upsetting the all-important “people who bet on the Nobel Prize in Literature” constituency.
Have a great weekend!