Believe it or not, I’ve been reading more this year . . . which is one of the reasons I’ve been a tad pitiful here. While I don’t quite have the whole balancing act down yet, I’m confident its on the way. By the end of the year, I may even post a review or two–the anticipation, I know.
In the meantime, some bookish news items to get you by . . .
McSweeney’s has jumped on the crowdsourcing bandwagon. There are still a few days left, if you’d care to join the fun and otherwise “keep McSweeney’s going.”
All you Mark Twain fans, rejoice: there are new stories afoot. Mainly, Berkley’s Mark Twain project has uncovered articles written by Twain when he was a 29-year-old newspaperman in San Francisco (AP).
Shukri al-Mabkhout’s The Italian has won the International prize for Arabic fiction, despite the fact it’s banned in the United Arab Emirates (The Guardian).
Here’s a Q&A with Zachary Leader on the Life of Saul Bellow (courtesy of The Biographile via Alfred A. Knopf).
And Ashley Strickland (CNN) introduces us to the Children’s Choice Book Award winners. Remember, you’re never too old for children’s books.