“I thought this was supposed to be a book party,” The Observer overheard a guest say at last week’s launch for Mischief & Mayhem, a publishing imprint founded by Lisa Dierbeck, Joshua Furst, D. W. Gibson, Dale Peck and Choire Sicha in collaboration with OR Books. The guest was staring, mouth agape, at two burlesque Read More
“I think that we recognize that we’re way past the moment of panic,” said the novelist DW Gibson yesterday. “And it now sort of feels like a land of opportunity.”
Mr. Gibson was explaining why he and four of his friends– Choire Sicha of the Awl and fellow novelists Dale Peck, Lisa Dierbeck, and Joshua Read More
The New York Times this morning has the second in reporter Motoko Rich’s series on the future of reading, focusing this time on video games and whether they are making kids more or less likely to enjoy reading books.
The most interesting part of the piece concerns kids’ series like Scholastic’s Read More
Writing on the Guardian‘s books blog, David Barnett reports that a couple of publishers are getting back to basics and doing choose-your-own-adventure books again. He notes a few symptoms of the apparent resurgence.
- First, the Fighting Fantasy series, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007, has been reissued in full.
- Second, there’s Read More
Lose an editor; gain a media property. John Koblin details every maneuver in one very busy week for Rupert Murdoch. This piece has everything: The Wall Street Journal, Marcus Brauchli, Newsday, The New York Times, and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Felix Gillette talks to Fox News’ James Rosen about his new book, The Read More
Dale Peck and Rick Moody are not in a fight anymore. They actually e-mailed recently, and next Tuesday night, they will appear, together, at a book-themed charity bake sale at the Montauk Club that will benefit Sangam House, a nonprofit writer’s colony in India. This is a startling thing, because Mr. Peck once reviewed one Read More
Felix Gillette braves the crowds outside NBC’s Today Show to find Katie Couric’s most loyal fans. "’Katie’s hot,’ said Craig Bellew, who was visiting from Clarkesville, Ga. ‘She should come right back here. I grew up watching her on Today. And it’s easier to say her name then—what’s the other girl’s name? Anyway. She’s Read More
Last week, the novelist and former literary critic Dale Peck closed a gasp-inducing $3 million book deal. Admittedly, $3 million in this case sounds like more than it is. First off, it’s for a trilogy. And second, Mr. Peck has to split it with his co-writer, Tim Kring, creator of the hit television show Heroes. Read More
Heroes creator Tim Kring is collaborating with literary critic and novelist Dale Peck on a sci-fi/alternative-history trilogy that was sold at auction to Crown yesterday for an advance said to be worth a staggering $3 million.
According to an industry source, the book is set in America, and runs from the 1960s to the Read More
The Transom was, of course, entranced by today’s JT Leroy semi-expose in New York magazine, even though Serena Torrey, the icy blonde vixen PR woman at New York magazine wouldn’t send over advance on it last Friday, or even arrange to have the author comment on the piece. Even though, you know, we all Read More