Wednesday, October 03, 2012

BOOK BITS Links: Real Tom Sawyer, Calvin Trilling, 'Midnight in Peking'

Tom Sawyer - LOC Photo
  • News: Humorist Calvin Trillin wins Thurber Prize - "A collection of humorist Calvin Trillin's writings called "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff" has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor." Associated Press 
  • News: New book battles tiger mom syndrome with laughs, by Leanne Italie – “One mom lured her daughter to bed — at age 8 — with a trail of chocolate chips up her townhouse stairs. Another found herself on the floor of a plane screaming ‘Save the Jelly Bellys!’ They spilled as she fed them to her preschooler to fend off in-flight earache meltdowns." “Shitty Mom” is the unofficial companion to last year’s “Go the (Bleep) to Sleep.” - Associated Press 
  • News: B&N Removing Marshall Title - "Barnes & Noble has told any of its stores that have stocked Penny Marshall’s My Mother Was Nuts to remove the book from shelves. B&N has a corporate policy to not carry physical copies of books acquired by Amazon Publishing in its stores." Publishers Weekly 
  • Feature: The Adventures of the Real Tom Sawyer, by Robert Graysmith - "Mark Twain prowled the rough-and-tumble streets of 1860s San Francisco with a hard-drinking, larger-than-life fireman." Smithsonian 
  • Review: ‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French, reviewed by Janice Harayda - "Midnight in Peking tells such good story that you wish could believe all of it. The book seems at first to be a straightforward history of a sadistic crime: On a frigid January day in 1937, someone murdered a 19-year-old Englishwoman and left her mutilated body, clad in a tartan skirt and a platinum-and-diamond watch, at the foot of a Peking watchtower. A ghastly detail stood out: The body had no heart, which had disappeared along with several of its other internal organs." One-Minute Book Reviews 
  • Viewpoint: 11 Things Not to Do Before Your Book Launch, by M. J. Rose - "Sometimes what you mustn't do is just as just as important as what you must do." The Huffington Post 
  • Feature: Gems from the Internet Archives, courtesy of the University of Florida - "Today’s find was a collection of several hundred books from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s scanned and uploaded to the archive courtesy of the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida, with the help of Lyrasis and the Sloan Foundation. I’ve had to accept that I will never manage to read everything I’ve discovered so far, let alone what remains to be found, so I can only offer the following as possibilities for others to try. The Neglected Books Page 
  • Review: Sutton, by J. R. Moehringer, Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman - "J. R. Moehringer’s SUTTON is a fictionalized account of the life of the legendary thief told through his own words as he travels around New York City immediately after his release from prison. The fictional Sutton is met at the prison walls by a newspaper reporter and photographer. While the Christmas meeting did in fact take place, the actual newspaper account was not memorable. Moehringer takes the premise of the interview to a higher level, mixing fact and legend to create a vivid portrait of a master criminal recounting his life in poignant detail to the two newsmen." Bookreporter 
  • How To: Purposes for Connecting Words into Story, by Beth Hill - "Word choice makes stories unique. A dozen stories about a boy running off to war, each with perfect grammar and punctuation, will sound and feel different. Not only because of plot events and characters, but because of the words used to tell the story." The Editor's Blog 
  • Interview: Visit With Malcolm R. Campbell author of “Moonlight and Ghosts," with Charmaine Gordon - "While the story unfolded without specific plan (as always), three things helped pull it together: (a) a nod to James Joyce, (b) personal knowledge of Tallahassee and North Florida, and, (c) my work in a developmental center years ago." 
  • Bestseller List (September 27, Hardcover Fiction):Winter of the World, Ken Follett;  Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn;  Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon;  A Wanted Man, Lee Child;  This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz;  The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom; NW, Zadie Smith; Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple; A Dance With Dragons,  George R.R. Martin; The Yellow Bird, Kevin Powers. NPR
Book Bits is compiled two to three times a week by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy and satire, including the 2013 Pushcart Prize nominated "Jock Talks...Politics"

"Moonlight and Ghosts" is my new Kindle short story, released by Vanilla Heart Publishing in September.


Smoky said...

Good list. Where's the share buttons?

Sun Singer said...

I'm not sure blogger has SHARE buttons. I may not keep BOOK BITS here because, in addition to that, posting multiple pictures is almost impossible.


The Golden Eagle said...

These are great links!

Sun Singer said...

Thank you, Golden Eagle.