Thursday, July 10, 2008

Book News, In Brief

Russia has banned a Hitler-themed history book because it contains quotes from der Fuhrer which are offensive to Russians and Jews. I guess they wanted a kinder, gentler genocidal madman.

Got cancer? The vultures at HCI are circling overhead, looking for cancer stories for an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book. Note: They only want inspirational cancer stories. Sad ones, tragic ones, and ones that end in death simply do not sell. The submission deadline lifeline is August 31.

The 101 year old executor of Franz Kafka's estate has finally died, freeing up the author's until-now unseen private papers. Don't get me wrong, it's never nice when someone dies, but when you don't know that someone, and that someone has been selfishly sitting on a literary goldmine for the past forty years...well, I ain't crying, that's all I'm saying.

From WOOD TV: A Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60 million federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and other homosexuals have suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the Bible. Does anyone really think that this guy is going to win? In today's courts? The fact that they still make you swear in on a Bible leads me to believe that the case is doomed.