News: July 2008 Archives

Former book review editors unite in protest

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Former editors of the Los Angeles Times' Sunday Book Review are protesting the impending demise of the section as they knew it and encouraging readers and writers to protest with them. Here's an excerpt from their letter:

"Angelenos in growing number are already choosing to cancel their subscriptions to the Sunday Times. The elimination of the Book Review, a philistine blunder that insults the cultural ambition of the city and the region, will only accelerate this process and further wound the long-term fiscal health of the newspaper."

As a book editor who's been through the process of losing a section and being downsized in another, I sympathize with them. But wake up, people! The fiscal health of the newspaper business was in the toilet long before they decided to ax a section. Now is the time to take what you're left with and do what you can with it. Just as the newspaper business as a whole is trying to figure out ways to reinvent itself, book review editors must do the same, whether it be by running shorter reviews, beefing up online content or what have you. Stop complaining about loss of culture and glorifying the past and move into the 21st century -- where books are still plenty and people are still reading!

Read the entire letter here.

Grove Press has announced it will publish New and Selected Poems by the newly appointed poet laureate Kay Ryan.

"We are proud to already have three of Kay's collections in print and thrilled to make this addition to our list," said Joan Bingham, Ryan's editor and vice president/executive editor at Grove Altantic. "Her appointment is especially exciting for us because Kay's Elephant Rocks was the inaugural book in the Grove Poetry Series begun in 1996."

Along with Elephant Rocks, Ryan is the author of two other books available under the Grove Press imprint: Say Uncle (2000) and The Niagara River (2005).

View video of Ryan talking about one of her poems, "Home to Roost."

What Chicago's buying

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The people of Chicago have spoken — with their book-buying dollars. This week's Crain's Chicago Business is chock-full of charts and graphs and information in its Market Facts 2008 feature.

Among the findings under "Media & Culture," the mag lists the top five best-sellers in Chicago since Jan. 1, 2008. It's a curious little all-nonfiction list. Not surprising is that the No. 1 spot is an Oprah's Book Club selection.


A New Earth The Last Lecture Three Cups of Tea Strengths Finder Eat This Not That


1. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle (paperback)

2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

3. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (paperback)

4. Strengths Finder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's 'Now, Discover Your Strengths' by Tom Rath

5. Eat This Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds — or More! by David Zinczenko (paperback)

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