Diggin’ Yrself Out…
Man E-Booker Prize: For the first time, the judges of the Man Booker were given e-readers to read the books submitted for the award. From the BBC.
Snooki’s (Lack of) Sales: Snooki’s book A Shore Thing has only sold 8,998 copies so far. From the Hollywood Reporter.
Salinger’s Whopper: Turns out J.D. Salinger was a big fan of Burger King, according to a cache of letters just made public.
The Ole’ Book Nook in Urbana, Ohio will close its doors. From the Springfield News-Sun.
Germ Bookstore and Gallery in Philadelphia, a store specializing in books about aliens, will also close. From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Today’s links! New year, no fear.
Borders Is Taking Meetings: Borders is arranging meetings with publishers later this week to discuss the retailer’s financial difficulties. From the NYT.
Books-A-Million To Close Houston Store: BAM will close a downtown Houston store on 1/15. From Swamplot.
Authors As Publishers: Richard Curtis continues the discussion on E-Reads.
Snooki’s ‘Badonk’: The New York Observer has a funny writeup of Snooki’s novel, which hits stands today.
Just What We Need, More Blogging: The blogging platform WordPress (on which this blog is built) has issued a challenge to bloggers to post once a day throughout 2011. From Mashable.
We know you’ve been chomping at the bit these past few months since we told you that Snooki, of Jersey Shore fame, was hard at work on a novel. Well, guess what? It’s coming out tomorrow. Here’s everything you ever would or wouldn’t want to know about it from publishers Simon & Schuster. And click pas the break to see Snooki’s book trailer.
Here’s how S&S describes the book:
Giovanna “Gia” Spumanti and her cousin Isabella “Bella” Rizzoli are going to have the sexiest summer ever. While they couldn’t be more different—pint-size Gia is a carefree, outspoken party girl and Bella is a tall, slender athlete who always holds her tongue—for the next month they’re ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila.
The next great American novelist?
If you were either excited or dismayed at the news that Justin Bieber is publishing a memoir, just wait and see how you feel when you digest the news that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s Jersey Shore will publish a novel in January 2011 with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Press imprint.
The novel, tentatively titled A Shore Thing–ugh? double-ugh? double-ugh full on, all the way?–will trace the plight of “a girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore),” according to a press release.
It’s worth noting, too, that Polizzi told Cathy Horyn in the New York Times that she had only read two books in her life, Twilight and Dear John.
As to the quality of Polizzi’s novel, one can’t be certain, but one thing’s for shore–it’ll sell a lot of copies.