Check out the winners of the Salon Book Awards 2007 (they resisted including Savage Detectives).
Slate’s Year in Books picks the best of 2007 (no Savage Detectives here either – a trend?).
JK Rowling auctioned off a hand-written collection of fairy tales for charity this week. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, of which there are only seven copies, sold for almost £1.95M. Update: It turns out that the art dealer that purchased the book did so on behalf of Amazon. Check out the pictures of the book here.
The AJC’s book blog, The Book Page, reminds us that this week was also the 20th anniversary of the excellent non-fiction chronicle of the early days of HIV/AIDS, And the Band Played On. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you check it out. The book provides a fascinating glimpse of epidemiology in action. It is also a wonderful reminder that this is not the first anti-science administration. Reagan got there first.
The Guardian reviews James Lee Burke’s Tin Roof Blow Down. In England, apparently, the book doesn’t ring true.
This is a bit dated, but… Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes with Craig Williams, author of the metal memoir Mom, Have You Seen My Leather Pants?, is hilarious.
I don’t mean to sound too dramatic, but I believe rock music to be the most important human invention since the printing press…I say this not only because I think hyperbole is the greatest literary device in history…EVER…
I love a good hyperbole joke.