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R.I.P. John Updike and the WaPo Book World

Today there are two big stories circulating the lit-blog universe: John Updike is dead, and so is, according to rumor, the Washington Post Book World.We’re having some really bad weather up here in the northeast, so Birnbaum’s long-awaited talk with Lawrence Weschler has also been killed. However, Birnbaum recommends you check out Weschler’s chat with […]

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KAKUTANI: From Books, New President Found Voice

I’ve been slowly reading the two books written by Barack Obama (Dreams from my Father and The Audacity of Hope) for the past year or so, impressed by the depth of his experience and thinking. In a recent NY Times article, Michiko Kakutani discusses how reading shaped Obama’s life and how the new president discovered […]

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Christian Bauman’s Eternal Playlist

Novelist Christian Bauman, author of In Hoboken (and Identity Theory contributing editor), makes an appearance on the NY Times book blog today as part of its “Living with Music” feature. As a former musician/songwriter/folksinger whose latest novel depicts the life of struggling young Jersey musicians, Bauman offers a playlist of acoustic artists for whom he […]

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Heaven-Sent Friends, Parisians, Countrymen

My fellow Cedarville (Ohio) High School graduate, J. Saunders Elmore, will be releasing his debut novel, The Amateur American, this summer. Crown is publishing the book, which apparently a mystery/thriller about “a young American expatriate in France who is drawn into a web of violent political intrigue, corruption and murder when he takes a job […]

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Antosca’s second novel out next month

This just in regarding Identity Theory contributor Nick Antosca:Punk rock-spirited independent publisher Word Riot Press will release Nick Antosca’s second novel, Midnight Picnic, on Dec. 15.Midnight Picnic was slated to be released by Impetus Press on Oct. 31. The book’s publication was put on hold when Impetus Press publishers Willy Blackmore and Jennifer Banash announced […]

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"Months and Seasons" by Christopher Meeks

Christopher Meeks’ new short story collection, Months and Seasons, has become a sort of grassroots movement, a favorite of small press reviewers, bloggers, and veteran Amazon junkies. The slim volume of thirteen stories (plus an excerpt from his upcoming novel as a “bonus track”) is uneven, sometimes awkward, but redeemed again and again by the […]

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PEN World Voices, Amy Goodman

PEN World Voices coverage at Metaxu Cafe comes from several different bloggers lucky enough to be in New York City this week.Words Without Borders has several events there. (We had been meaning to link you to WWB for a while, though they’re not exactly underground.)We’re hoping to get our literary-event fix this weekend in Burlington, […]

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The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

Hillary Carlip, an interviewee of mine from a year ago, is back in action with a new book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers.Publisher’s Weekly says of the tome: “The 26 vivid photographic portraits and accompanying narratives display the author’s humor, grace and a brilliantly creative eye. Carlip’s alter egos are larger […]

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Roundup: Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Price, Rachel Cline

Anita Thomspon, wife of the late Hunter S. Thompson, speaks: “I’m going to get hell for this interview.”From Bookforum: James Gibbons on Richard Price’s Lush LifeBirnbaum has a new Book Digest up.Rachel Cline (My Liar) talks with January Magazine.Added to bookmarks: Overbooked

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One Story (and, okay, more)

Bookslut interviews Maribeth Batcha, editor of the One Story literary journal: “We get about 150 submissions a week and publish 18 a year. Genre isn’t an issue. We like everything, be it straightforward or experimental, or about mothers or zombies.”Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is dead.Not that this Onion article needs any more coverage, […]

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"The Great Man" wins PEN/Faulkner Award

Kate Christensen’s novel The Great Man has won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. According to the Washington Post, The Great Man‘s “ironic title refers to a recently deceased painter” but the “focus is on the women in his life.”Maud Newton interviewed Kate last October:“If by some stroke of bizarre and undeserved fortune my first […]

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Are You Good in Bed?

Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed has been re-released with a new cover, roughly coinciding with the upcoming publication of her new book, Certain Girls.This week, we are giving away two copies of the new version of Good in Bed to our readers and MySpace friends. To enter the drawing, email editor@identitytheory.com using the subject line […]

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Liberal Fascism

Powell’s website reprinted a review of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism that first appeared in The New Republic. Apparently, the original subtitle of this inflammatory book was “The Totalitarian Temptation From Mussolini to Hillary Clinton.”

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Life is a short story.

Warren Adler, author of The War of The Roses and like 25 other books, has released two new works: New York Echoes (short stories) and Funny Boys (a novel). He’s probably not too enthused about my mentioning his books, considering this statement from his website:There is no escape. We are drowning in words. The blogs […]

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Surveying the Book Blog Scene

The “Books” tab in my Firefox bookmarks section has grown exponentially lately thanks to various suggestions from editors and readers. Among the sites added to the list:Bookforum, a rather elegant-looking and informative site. Bookninja, which I for some reason had previously neglected to save. A Life in Books, which is something of a reading diary. […]

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