The last few weeks have been such a blur I’ve barely had time to think, let alone sit down and read (for fun, no less).  Once a couple projects simmered, I decided to ignore a few things and stick my nose in a book. Beautiful—wish you could read it! Though in all honesty, I can’t say if the book is really that good, or it’s just so good to read for reading’s sake. Be what may, you can expect a book review next week.

In the meantime, here are a few bookish news links from the past week . . .

NPR interviews Roald Dahl’s daughter, Lucy, discussing how her father Wanted His Magical ‘Matilda’ To Keep Books Alive We do so hope it works.

What every writer wants to hear: Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel, City on Fire, sparked a two-day bidding war; Knopf won the bid, for almost $2 million. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read it.

A survey by PEN American and The FDR Group finds “. . . 85% of writers responding to PEN’s survey are worried about government surveillance of Americans [. . . ] 16 percent have avoided writing or speaking on a particular topic and 11 percent have seriously considered it.” Hmm. I’m not sure this is saying much. Us writers do have a tendancy to let our imagination get away with us . . . am I right? Or am I right?

Margaret Atwood writes about Dave Eggar’s latest, The CircleWhen Privacy is Theft.

Masha Hamilton tells The Rumpus the cost of being a war correspondent has cost her

What scares Stephen King? He tells AFP (Agence France-Presse).