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Bookmarks: More cuts at Borders, Atwood’s Dubai antics, and more

  • Borders announces more layoffs, cutting 136 jobs at their corporate offices
  • After bowing out of the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature in Dubai earlier this week over concerns of censorship, Margaret Atwood decides she’ll attend after all – via videolink
  • Literary Kicks takes a look at a new book of stories inspired by Sonic Youth. The verdict? It’s a teenage riot!
  • Tools of Change roundup: A transcript of Jason Epstein’s keynote speech, thoughts from James Long over at the digitalist, and an address by Canadian Bob Young of lulu.com
  • U.K. magazine The Bookseller unveils its shortlist of the year’s oddest book titles. Curbside Consultation of the Colon clearly has the edge with its alliteration and gentle surrealism
  • Xenia

    Video link is an excellent idea and more authors should try it instead of following the corporate model of hauling ass all over the planet. It’s a contradiction to pretend concern over the environment and then jump on a plane at the first opportunity (especially when someone else is paying the freight and usually that anonymous someone is the poor Canadian taxpayer).

  • http://www.levitatedapples.blogspot.com/ John Newton

    ‘Borders announces more layoffs, cutting 136 jobs at their corporate offices…’

    Ouch. Perhaps it fired fired the person responsible for basic grammar?

    (We have published the News Release on government funding on ‘Levitated Apples’. I hope these politicos realise that when they reject Canadian writers, they are also aggravating the people who write their speeches.)

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Lesley Strutt, Dean Steadman, Amanda Earl, Alastair Larwill and Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt and Alastair Larwill

Amanda Earl

Jewel of the Thames launch

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