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Haven't been posting much, but have been reading. I just finished John Banville's (writing as Benjamin Black) THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE a new Philip Marlowe novel. Robert B. Parker tried some years ago to resurrect Marlowe, but his efforts seemed a bit flat to me. Banville seems to have truly found Chandler's voice and mood. If like Chandler's work, I recommend it. What have you all been reading this summer?
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RIP Daniel Keyes
From Boing-Boing: Daniel Keyes, the MD who wrote the classic science fiction novel Flowers for Algernon, has died at 86, of complications from pneumonia. I met Keyes when he received the Science Fiction Writers of America's Author Emertius honor in 2000, and he struck me as a sensitive and thoughtful person. He told the story of how he'd conceived of Algernon while riding the subway to his medical residence, and how pleased he'd been with its reception (it's also one of the small handful of science fiction novels whose film adaptation is in the same league as the book -- the 1968 film "Charly" won its lead an Academy Award).
from Library of Congress:
Stellar Authors Join 2014 Book Festival
An even broader lineup of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as chef Cathal Armstrong, Mona Simpson, Elizabeth McCracken, Jack Gantos, Tanuja Desay Hidier, Anne Hillerman, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, chef Sheilah Kaufman, Brian Lies, Francesco Marciulano, Adrian Miller, Ian Morris, chef Amy Riolo, Alberto Ríos, Clay Risen, Jeff Smith, Susan Stockdale, Theodore Taylor, Raina Telgemeier, chef Daniel W. Thomas, Tim Tingle, Judith Viorst and chefs Laura and Peter Zeranski—has been confirmed for the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, with President Obama and Mrs. Obama serving as honorary chairs, is free and open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
RIP Jay Lake
one of a couple zillion obituaries this one from Cory Doctorow from Boing Boing
Authors Announced for 2014 National Book FestivalFrom Library of Congress Press ReleaseApril 10, 2014Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott Among Authors at 2014 Library of Congress National Book FestivalRenowned Illustrator Bob Staake Will Create Festival Poster ArtA wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang—will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s festival is "Stay Up With a Good Book."
From Houston Tx NBC outlet:Consumers nationwide who bought e-books through Amazon and other online retailers will get credited a total of $166 million stemming from price-fixing settlements with five publishers, according to the New York State attorney general....
The settlement applies to consumers who bought the e-books through retailers Amazon and Kobo with devices made by Amazon, Apple and Sony. Consumers who bought e-books for Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet are also eligible....
From the Open Culture MOOC
The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooksEvery revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. Compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a “monument from a more humane and confident time” (or so its upper classes believed), and a “time capsule…. In 50 volumes.”...
Please note that the previous two links won’t give you access to the actual annotated Harvard Classics texts edited by Eliot himself. But if you want just that, you can always click here and get digital scans of the true Harvard Classics....
YouTube "presentation" of Kurt Vonnegut Reads Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt Vonnegut, Jr. Reads Slaughterhouse-Five, an album released by Caedmon Records in 1973 containing not just Vonnegut’s delivery of excerpts from his famous sixth novel, but his stories of the book’s conception.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Announces 2013 Nebula NomineesScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2014), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.Best NovelWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)...
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