Monthly Archives: March 2010

In a fun bit of news: Stop that!

Novelists and comedians unite to petition bestselling author Brad Meltzer to stop writing. Among the petitioners: David Baldacci, John Cassaday, Junot Diaz, Neil Gaiman, Patton Oswalt, Joe Quesada, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Scott Turow, and Brian K. Vaughan. Read more here.

Nowhere in the petition is it mentioned, that in addition to being an eyesore, the subway advertisements for his books aren’t nearly as effective as those Remy Martin threesome ads.


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Dispelling any notions you might have had…

that trade shows are completely irrelevant, Book Expo America director Steven Rosato, announces Barbra Streisand as this year’s headliner. Publisher’s Weekly.

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Borders Watch

Borders Group Inc., the major book retailer in the most immediate peril, has an April 1st deadline on a $42.5 million loan from majority investor Pershing Square. This specific instance seems like a McGuffin, in terms of the company’s potential bankrupcy. Read all about it at the AP, Detroit Free Press, or Publisher’s Weekly.

UPDATE 3/31. All Better.

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Oh, and have we mentioned…

our new Lovecraft book, Against Religion, is now available for purchase.

We are very partial, but would suggest you buy multiple copies, especially if you’re short, going to receive a tax return this year, or have wobbly furniture.

… and Christopher Hitchens wrote the introduction.

Now you know.

Lovecraft announcement.

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I’m sick.

President Obama stopped by Prairie Lights Bookstore during the Iowa  leg of his “The new health-care law will not take away your birthday” tour.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Obama holding Karl Rove and Mitt Romney’s books and some uneventful video of him buying books for the kids.

Also, The Washington Post and PublicAffairs announce that they’ll be joining up to publish a crash title explaining the bill.

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Global Literacy?

Scholastic CEO, Dick Robinson, called for global literacy at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The Harry Potter publisher will be celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. In a related story, everyone else continued their efforts to undermine global literacy.

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Against Religion by Lovecraft Available

Friends and Readers,

The H.P. Lovecraft book is now for sale on Lulu. It will be available for sale later on Amazon (along with other e-reader formats like the kindle, etc.)

Go here to buy your copy.

Against Religion contains the major writings on religion, materialism, and spirituality by master horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Including an introduction and notes by celebrated Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi and a foreword by noted atheist and writer Christopher Hitchens, this essential edition brings a new voice to the religious debate, and Lovecraft’s clairvoyant
writing on the topic is as prescient today as it was during his lifetime.

H.P. Lovecraft is the author of numerous weird tales, among them The Call of Cthulhu. His recent inclusion in the Library of America marks his unique contribution to the horror genre, and his continuing influence on writers in all genres today.

S.T. Joshi is the author of H.P. Lovecrtaft: A Life, and the leading scholar and editor of Lovecraft’s work.

Christopher Hitchens is the New York Times bestselling author of God Is Not Great, and editor of The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever.


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