All stories relating to orwell
Book links roundup: Winnipeg comedian’s Shades of Grey parody takes off, Target discontinues selling Kobo Touch, and more
- Winnipeg comedian Ryan McMahon’s tweeted novel Powwow Shades of Grey is taking off
- Target no longer carries the Kobo Touch
- Vanity Fair publishes Christopher Hitchens’ foreword to George Orwell’s diaries
- Peter Jackson tells Comic-Con audience about possible third Hobbit film
- Publisher accused of plagiarizing Raymond Hawkey’s landmark book jacket for The Ipcress File
- Author Larry McMurtry to auction off 300,000 books from personal collection
- Orwell Prize revealed shortlist for political writing
- Truman Capote’s typewriter sells for $8,281
- Three expat memoirs inspired by Paris
- Why do we love to criticize book critics?
- Salty Ink interviews former Bookninja and poet George Murray
Book links roundup: David Foster Wallace’s unpublished scene, Christopher Hitchens up for Orwell Prize, and more
- Unpublished new scene from David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King
- Christopher Hitchens makes Orwell Prize longlist
- Writer Kelly Roman and artist Michael DeWeese draw blood for launch of their graphic novel The Art of War
- Former bookseller to run London Marathon dressed in Victorian costume, reading Dickens
- Rabee Jaber wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction
- Neil Gaiman fights back against accusations that he’s a thieving “pencil-necked little weasel”
- Happy foot, sad foot: how the podiatry sign became a literary symbol
- William T. Vollmann’s new Kindle single is filled with danger
- Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu reinvents Kerouac
- Director Jean Seaton says the theme of this year’s Orwell Prize shortlist is fear
- VIDEO: Poetry fan recites Ken Babstock’s “To Inflame the Civic Temper” at the DMV, courtesy of How Pedestrian
There’s no formula for choosing the books of the year. Some break ground, some tackle familiar themes with new energy. Some represent the best work from established authors, some introduce us to important new voices. And some are simply in-house favourites we feel deserve a little more attention. Here are the Fiction and Poetry books that made the most impact in 2010.
Sundry links from around the Web:
- Elton John is at work on the musical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm
- HarperCollins U.K. comes out against Wylie e-book gambit (plus, Financial Times says the debacle could “lead to the death of the 500-year-old publishing business as it is known”)
- Port Hope shoots down attempt to rename street after Farley Mowat
- Stan Lee’s latest comics series will star … Stan Lee
- Prior shoplifting charges catch up to Tao Lin, author of the novel Shoplifting from American Apparel (it’s complicated)
From the Associated Press:
A pirated e-book of 1984 led to an Orwellian moment for Kindle customers.
Users of Amazon.com’s e-reader device were surprised and unsettled over the past day to receive notice that George Orwell works they had purchased, including 1984 and Animal Farm, had been removed from their Kindle and their money refunded.
Amazon is claiming they made the move because of copyright issues surrounding the pirated editions, but they would, wouldn’t they…
It’s possible that, were Orwell not the author in question, this story wouldn’t add up to much, but reports are coming in of Kindle users creating virtual barricades around their e-copies of Brave New World and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, with cries of “They will pry our dystopian novels out of our cold, dead hands!”
Haruki Murakami’s first novel in five years, a two-volume work called 1Q84, arrived in Japan’s bookstores today. The plot details of the work have been kept tightly under wraps by both the author and his publisher, though earlier this week, the combined page count was released: a whopping 1,055 pages. Despite their overwhelming size, the two volumes occupy the top two spots on Amazon Japan’s book rankings. The Millions comments on the potential for an English translation of the work:
Although I’ve yet to find confirmation of who is doing the English translation or when it will be released, English translations of Japanese text tend to be 1.5 to 2 times longer than the source text. In other words, you won’t want to drop this on your toe.
An article on CBC.ca mentions some of the current theories behind the novel’s strange and as yet unexplained title:
Critics are wondering if the title, translated as 1984 because the “Q” in Japanese has the same sound as “nine,” is a reference to George Orwell’s classic. It also may be a tribute to The True Story of Ah Q, a novella by Chinese writer Lu Xun, whose work is said to have influenced Murakami.
The initial print run of the work is 300,000 copies of the first volume and 280,000 copies of the second.
Sundry links from around the web:
- Underground comics artist Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat) has completed his take on the Book of Genesis.
- To the surprise of no one, publishing execs are not immune to pay freezes. To the surprise of this Quillblogger, their base pay is still $800,000 U.S.
- In the reasons-authors-should-never-give-up department: George Orwell’s Animal Farm was rejected by none other than T.S. Eliot.
- Orwell on losing his love of books.
- Turns out Bush and Obama have something in common after all: their agent.
Some book-related links:
- Orwell, the blogger (Time)
- Hugo Awards awarded – Chabon wins the big one (The Hugo Awards)
- China’s publishing industry shuts down during Olympics (The New York Times)
- A pair of Canadians (including Q&Q contributor Ian Daffern) have online comic in contention in DC Comics contest (Shock Effect blog)
- Jerusalem’s Russian Library (Jerusalem Post)
- Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish dies (Reuters)
- Canongate publisher Jamie Byng blasts Bookers for not picking Canongate book (The Age)
- Muslim scholar’s novel angers Egyptian Christians (GulfNews.com)
- A guide to all those semi-fictional addiction memoirs (CBC.ca)
- Library overdue fees go to help flood victims (IndyStar.com)