The blood moon must have had an effect on the book world this week, there there was quite the intrigue. For example, in 2006, Jennifer Grant purchased a trunk that once belonged to Agatha Christie’s mother. Nestled inside was a rather hefty lockbox, which sat unopened for years. Finally, she’s had enough, so she asked for help to pry it open. Crow bar in one hand, box in the others, they found a diamond brooch, a diamond ring, and a purse of gold coins–items intended to be passed down to Agatha and her sister, Madge. If you’re interested, they’ll be back at auction next Wednesday, at Bonhams.
And now, for a few other bookish bits . . .
The Swedish Academy has awarded Patrick Modiano the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Hmm, that must be a translation thing, because it’s not entirely clear–but congrats to Modiano, all the same!
The Paris Review gives us the inspiration for Annie.
The Huffington Post gives us 10 writers who wrote oh-so-very slowly. Gives me hope, it does.
Emory University has acquires journals, letters, and personal effects of Flannery O’Connor. Thankfully, they do not intend to keep them all to themselves. Do stay tuned . . .
Boston’s famed lion statue gave up a 113-year-old time capsule–which just happens to include a mysterious book. It’s a red hardcover with no visible title or markings; that’s all we’ll know until it can be properly handled for inspection.
J.K. Rowling (Twitter @jk_rowling) is throwing Harry Potter fans into a tizzy. After mentioning she’s working on a novel and editing a screen play, she sparked a flurry of speculation. So, what did she do? She posted a riddle, of course:
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My want won’t tolerate this nonsense.