Friday, February 29, 2008

Book News, In Brief

Yesterday at TED2008 (a yearly gathering of assorted geniuses), Dave Eggers was selected to receive a $100,000 grant to make any wish of his come true. Eggers' wish? "That everyone will engage in a public school in their area." He’s asking for a thousand examples of "transformative partnerships," and has gotten the ball rolling himself by moving his McSweeney's office into a storefront locale where writing classes are given free to the neighborhood kids.

Asiana Airlines will be offering an in-flight audio book service beginning this month. This is great news for frequent fliers, as Homeland Security is only one papercut away from banning traditional books from the friendly skies.

Nothing profits like prophets. Oprah Winfrey's newest book club pick, A New Earth, has already sold 3.5 million copies, setting records for Barnes & Noble, Penguin Publishing, and author/'spiritual self-help guide', Eckhart Tolle.

New York Magazine has an interview with Bone creator Jeff Smith, as well as a six page preview of his new book, RASL.