Shelf Awareness for Thursday, July 7, 2005
Quotation of the Day
Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain Dies at 78
Booksellers' Choices on Morning Edition
Segun Afolabi Wins Caine Prize
Ingram Promotes Two Ex-Joseph-Beth Staffers
Tamara Crabtree has been named v-p, publisher marketing and creative services. She joined Ingram in 2002 as director of product marketing and promotions and earlier worked in sales and marketing at Joseph-Beth and Gaylord Entertainment Co., where she was sales and promotions manager for the Grand Ole Opry and event manager for the Ryman Auditorium.
Media and Movies
Guns, Germs, and Steel Adapts to TV
Media Heat: Edna Buchanan; Sexuality and Literary Theory
The theme on Bookworm today is Sexuality and Literary Theory, a subject that James McCourt, Camille Paglia, Alan Hollinghurst and Edmund White dig into. McCourt discusses the emergence of "queer identity" and gives an overview of French literary theories and their influence on multiculturalism. Paglia articulates what she calls the destructive nature of such theories. Booker-winner Hollinghurst, who writes about the gay experience, reveals that he reads very little popular gay literature. Edmund White says that he has turned away from the esthetic and has embraced social realism in his desire to document the AIDS crisis.
Today Diane Rehm talks with John Sacret Young, the co-creator, writer and executive producer of China Beach, the TV series about Vietnam, who has published Remains: Non-Viewable (FSG, $24), a memoir of how the death of his cousin in Vietnam affected his life and shaped him as a writer.
Today Leonard Lopate speaks with James Frey, author of My Friend Leonard (Riverhead, $24.95)not about Lopate, but about a mobster Frey met in rehab.
Yesterday on Talk of the Nation, a panel talked about getting the nation's young to read more; their ideas can be heardbut not readon NPR's Web site. The experts:
- Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman and The Time Warp Trio series.
- Paul Kropp, author of How to Make Your Child a Reader For Life and other books for reluctant readers.
- Esme Raji Codell, author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading and creator of PlanetEsme.com, a Web site devoted to kids and reading
- Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter.
'World-Class Bookstore' Helps Make Marfa Marfa
Louis Dobay, manager of the store, which has a striking Web site, told the paper, "Newcomers are definitely changing Marfa. But the newcomers are also being changed by the spirit of the people of Marfa. There is a gentility and openness in the way people live here, something that springs from the residents who have been here for generations."
Book TV: Mann Queries Woodward About Secret Man
Saturday, July 9
7 p.m. Encore Booknotes. In a segment originally aired in 1997, Geoffrey Perret discussed his book Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President.
Sunday, July 10
6 p.m. After Words. Bob Woodward, whose The Secret Man appeared this week, is interviewed by James Mann, senior writer-in-residence in the Center for Strategic and International Studies' International Security Program and a former colleague of Woodward at the Washington Post. (Re-airs at 9 p.m.)
8 p.m. History on Book TV. Melanie Randolph Miller talked about her book Envoy to the Terror: Gouverneur Morris and the French Revolution (Potomac Books).
9:10 p.m. Public Lives. In an event that took place at Karibu Bookstore in Hyattsville, Md., Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, and Columbia professor Manning Marable, who together edited The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches (Basic Civitas, $26), spoke about the assassinated civil rights leader.
Broadway Bound: Color Purple Gets Green Light
Historical Fiction: Five Faves
In her earlier column she recommended 10 works of historical fiction. Yesterday, perhaps adding gasoline to the fire, she recommended another five and commented on each:
- Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks. An imaginative retelling of the story of the abolitionist John Brown and the antislavery movement of the 1840s, Cloudsplitter meticulously details the social and political schisms of the period, as well as the privations of daily life in rural America. Mr. Banks's meditations on faith, particularly John Brown's conviction that God opposed slavery, are moving and relevant.
- The New Confessions by William Boyd. The fictional memoir of John James Todd, born in Edinburgh in 1899 and a lifelong victim of historical forcesWorld War I, the McCarthy witch huntas well as his own character flaws. He finds a kind of intellectual sustenance in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions.
- World's End by T.C. Boyle. In the Hudson River Valley in the late 17th century, Dutch settlers elbowed aside the Native American residents and then divided themselves between yeomen and patroons. Everyone, regardless of class, is royally skewered in this offbeat account of the following three centuries.
- The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston. The hero of this Newfoundland saga rises from rags to not-quite riches, and falls in love/hate with Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most interesting female characters in 20th-century literature.
- Restoration by Rose Tremain. Pick up any of her novels for ingenious plots and characters, but this account of the reign of England's King Charles II, as seen through the eyes of the court's official cuckold (he marries the king's mistress), is riveting, harrowing and liberally sprinkled with humor.