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The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 16th, 2011

Today’s Links!

Pale King Rounded Up: The Rumpus rounds up all the coverage of David Foster Wallace’s soon-to-be-posthumously-published last novel it could find.

Readers Respond to NBCC Coverage: Here’s an LA Times post in which readers respond to the paper’s NBCC coverage, in which Franzen was pictured even though Egan won.

Quittin’ E-books: One blogger at Blog Her says she’s almost ready to give up e-books.

Press for the Dalkey Archive: The New York Observer profiles John O’Brien, founder of Dalkey Archive Press, which won the NBCC’s lifetime achievement award.

European E-book Worries: The Guardian predicts hard times ahead for EU e-book publishers faced with resistance to the agency model.

Davis-Kid-Parent Woes: Creditors think the parent company of Davis-Kidd chose the wrong strategy in bankruptcy court. From the Memphis Daily News.

No E-books Without Authors: That’s what Margaret Atwood reminded Tools of Change attendees. From Globe and Mail.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 10th, 2011

Today’s links!

Borders Off the NYSE: On March 21, the New York Stock Exchange will de-list Borders, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Mossberg on iPad 2: The WSJ tech columnist likes the iPad 2, but doesn’t see a need for iPad 1 owners to upgrade.

Which Franzen Character Are You?: That’s the question going around today. From EW.

Profits Drop at Hachette: Hachette’s profits are down 17% after a great year in 2009, reports the Bookseller.

Agent Owen Laster Dies at 72: This is his NYT obit.

Casting ‘Hunger Games‘: The Atlantic looks at some possible actresses for the lead roll in the movie.

Paper vs. Plastic: Or, E-book vs. Print book. From the Spectator.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 7th, 2010

Today’s Links!

The NYT on Google E-Books: Here’s the Times‘ take.

Kindle vs. Google: According to the Bookseller, Amazon has cooked up a version of its Kindle for the Web that will allow indie booksellers to sell Kindle e-books through their Web sites, just like Google’s platform.

How to Get Google to Notice Your E-Book: Google’s e-bookstore means that publishers will have to start thinking about search engine optimization in new ways. From O’Reilly Radar.

More on Ackman’s B&N Bid: The NYT Dealbook blog looks at Williams Ackman’s proposal to finance a Borders/ B&N merger.

Franzen on Oprah: Jonathan Franzen appeared on Oprah yesterday, and it looks like now they’re friends, but this Daily News writer has some tough things to say about the meeting.

iPad 2 Coming Soon?: Pocket-Lint reports on rumors that Apple’s second version of the iPad may debut as soon as February 2011.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- October 14th, 2010

What we’re reading this morning…

Lost Seuss: A blog post with pictures of a lost Dr. Seuss manuscript. From Booktryst.

Bookstore to Close Over Parking Dispute: The owner of an Asheville bookstore is closing down due to the negative reaction to his stance on public parking. From the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Eggers Is Optimistic: Dave Eggers told audiences at the SF Litquake festival that he’s feeling good about the future of books. From the SF Gate.

Franzen Snubbed by NBAs?: Will this be the big story of this year’s National Book Awards? From Salon.

Tracking the NBA Finalist Backlash: Ron Hogan of Beatrice tracks the backlash against this year’s National Book Award finalists, and looks back at previous years’ lashes.

Publisher Didn’t Submit Booker Winner: One of the Booker judges has revealed that the panel had to request The Finkler Question. From the Bookseller.

Will iPad Save Conde Nast?: Gawker wonders whether the magazine publisher’s leap into the world of the iPad will pay off.

Verizon to Pre-Load Kindle App: According to Mashable!, Verizon will pre-load the Kindle app on some Android phones.

The PW Morning Report: Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- October 4th, 2010

Really, Rain Rain, go away…

Sorry, Franzen: So says Harper UK, issuing an official apology for publishing an error-ridden edition of Freedom. From the Telegraph.

‘Twilight’ Cover Hand Model Wants Recognition: “She even carries around a Gala apple in her purse at times so she can recreate the pose for people.” From the New York Post.

Books in Germany: The Millions looks around the German book world just before Frankfurt, and sees a lot of American books.

A Comic Collection Donated: The AP talks to a college professor who donated his lifelong comic collection–12 boxes worth–to a scholarly library.  It may have been the hardest thing he ever had to do.

Franzen’s Rumpus Interview: We promise the Franzen news will stop before the decade ends (wait, isn’t the decade just beginning?), but there is the interview the Rumpus book club conducted with Mr. Franzen.

Rowling Talks to Oprah: J.K. Rowling talked to Oprah on Friday about things like the fact that she credits her mother’s death as an inspiration for Harry Potter. From ABC Newsnet5.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, October 1, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- October 1st, 2010

October showers bring…November flowers?

Granta Names 22 ‘Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists’: Granta announced the names of the 22 Spanish-language novelists who will be featured in the next issue of the magazine, and PWxyz had ‘em first.

Franzen’s Freedom Recalled In UK: HarperCollins UK is recalling and exchanging 80,000 copies of Freedom due the fact that the novel is simply too incredible.  No, just kidding–it’s being recalled due to typesetting and copyediting errors. From the Bookseller.

Against the Agency Model: This recent article by the Editor-in-Chief of Authorlink argues that the Agency model is hurting authors.

Following Frankfurt: The Frankfurt Book Fair’s annual blog is now up and running, so you can keep up with the fair as if you were there.  Unless you are there, in which case, you can relive your Frankfurt days.

Enter Narnia (Contest): HarperCollins is sponsoring a contest to draw attention to a $100 gift edition of the complete Narnia books; the contest winner wins said fancy edition. From Aslan’s Country.

In Praise of the Paris Review: Blogger Maud Newton loves the new Paris Review, as edited by Lorin Stein.

This Much Approval Means ‘I must be near the end of my career,’ says Franzen

Mike Harvkey -- September 28th, 2010

The author with his shovel.

In an interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Jonathan Franzen opens up about the fallout from his Corrections Oprah incident (for which he blames “the prevailing mood of philistinism”; being reviled set him back a year), the gap between men and women when it comes to books (calling it “a very destructive disconnect between the critical establishment and the predominantly female readership”), and his process, including earplugs, “pink noise” headphones, and blindfolds.

Since the run-up to the publication of Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and the Time magazine cover, Franzen-mania has taken on a blob-like character, growing ever bigger and devouring smaller books and writers in its path (something Franzen himself has done in the past). It shows no signs of slowing anytime soon, and the military hasn’t been called in to straif the creature yet. Of course frequent profiles, articles (like this one), and interviews help to feed the beast. But in the current climate (“Publishing’s dead! Run, Forrest, run!!”), a beast of a novel isn’t such a bad thing.

The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington sat down with Franzen in his “spartan writing studio in New York’s Upper East Side. The tiny room, furnished with a battered old desk and greasy-looking mattress, resembles a monastic cell. The walls are bare except for a single decorative plate. There is a tiny kitchen with one small saucepan.”

Read the full interview here.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- September 21st, 2010

Here’s today’s book news…

Kindle-Readin’ Bus Driver: A bus driver in Portland, OR was caught on film reading his Kindle while driving a city bus.  A very dumb and dangerous result of the e-reading revolution.

A Thumbs Up for Amazon: The founder of Waterstone’s, one of Britain’s biggest booksellers, told the Bookseller that Amazon helped grow the book market for everyone.

The Trouble with the Agency Model: The Bookseller‘s new e-book blog explains why.

Candid Rumsfeld: Politico analyzes what’s known and unknown about Donald Rumsfeld’s upcoming memoir, Known and Unknown.

Which Franzen Character is Franzen?: Salon asks which Freedom character represents the author.

A Profile of Wiley: Crain’s New York Business New York profiles John Wiley.

Irish Poets Reviewed: The NYT looks at new poetry collections by Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon.

Oprah Picks ‘Freedom’

Craig Morgan Teicher -- September 16th, 2010

Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom will be the next Oprah’s Book Club pick, according to the AP, which got its info from three booksellers who have asked to remain unnamed–Oprah doesn’t officially announce the pick until Friday.

Here’s more from the story:

Winfrey’s decision tells a story she loves well, redemption, and cites a book that itself redeems a troubled Minnesota-based family. Released in late August, “Freedom” was virtually canonized by critics before publication and has been topping best-seller lists even without Oprah’s approval.

Apparently she has forgiven Franzen, who lost the Oprah seal on The Corrections after making some less-than-happy remarks about his inclusion in the Club for that book.  And, surely, FSG will forgive Franzen, too–they must not have been too happy to lose all those sales last time.  Freedom just keeps getting bigger and bigger…

‘The Problem of Unconscious Gender Bias’ in Literature

Craig Morgan Teicher -- September 16th, 2010

In Slate this week, Meghan O’Rourke published an already-controversial piece responding, in some ways, to the frenzy over Franzen’s Freedom and what it says about the ways male and female authors are viewed differently. She has no problem with Franzen’s book itself–she’s enjoying it, she says–but has big concerns about the ways Franzen is being almost automatically accorded a kind of authority that female novelists of the same kind of ambition and scope rarely get.

Here’s more from the article:

There is, I think, and we might call it not the problem with no name but the problem we can’t define: the problem of unconscious gender bias and how it affects the ways we think about accomplishment and authority. It hardly seems like a coincidence that when a generation of celebrated novelists dies out (Bellow, Mailer, Updike), the new ones anointed are typically white men. (When Zadie Smith—whose work occupies a similar literary space to Franzen’s, at once engaged by the domestic and the social—is on the cover of the Times and Time, perhaps women writers can start to feel differently.) Myriad studies show that women and men alike unconsciously ascribe more authority to a male candidate than a female candidate with the same qualifications. In many circumstances, we also simply assume men are more talented…

O’Rourke makes an extremely strong and measured case, but a fierce argument is already raging in the comments beneath her article.  What do you think?