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  1. The Lost Childhood by Yehuda Nir

    The Lost Childhood by Yehuda Nir

    The Lost Childhood by Yehuda Nir is coming to the stage in operatic form this Friday, Nov. 8th, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
  2. Obituary: Lou Reed, March 2, 1942-Oct. 27th, 2013

    While it’s not customary for this press to include obituaries in this blog, the fact that there was a depressing lack of mention in today’s online publishing sites, PW Daily and Shelf Awareness, compels me to write this brief tribute to Lou Reed, one of the most literary rock musicians of my gen…
  3. Watch Those Books!

    The headline in yesterday’s Arizona Daily Star read: State says it’s watching TUSD— Removed books are back, drawing ED Dept. scrutiny. This refers to the fact that certain books, once previously banned by the Tucson Unified School District, have now been restored to the curriculum and are avai…
  4. Falling Leaves…News Heard and Absurd

    This past month has been quite eventual in the publishing world, and I wanted to share with you a few of the recent tidbits heard from far and wide… I Like Frankfurt When it Sizzles…(or is that Fizzles?)  From Frankfurt, one of the most hotly sought titles this year, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, w…
  5. Bezos Goes Postal

    Now that the news is out that Amazon’s “Jefe” Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post for a quarter of a billion dollars, everyone is scratching their heads to come up with the reason behind such an extravagant investment on his part—and in the opinions of many a wise talking head, a dubi…
  6. Biting the Hand?

    “It’s not such a stretch to say that President Obama was greatly aided by bookstores. Bookstores have, after all, been the originators of many grass-roots movements.” —Ann Patchett, author and owner of Parnassus Books, Nashville Tenn., in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece this mornin…
  7. The Friction Over Creative Non-Fiction

    Lately, there seems to be a growing controversy surrounding the term “creative non-fiction,” which generally refers to works of non-fiction that are more discursive in style, and less headline-driven as in hard, “just the facts” journalism. Other terms up for grabs are “narrative non-ficti…
  8. VSOP

    VSOP

    This flower blooms only once a year in middle of the summer.
  9. To BE-A or not to BE-A…

    To BE-A or not to BE-A…

    Having just returned from the BEA Convention in New York City last week, I have mixed feelings about this annual gathering of the publishing world. It seems a very far way to go to find oneself in a crush of autograph seekers—not really the fair’s original intent. True, there were a lot of fun …