Monday, February 16, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy 20th birthday dear fatwa against Salman Rushdie. Happy birthday to you!

It's happened to all of us: A favorite book is reissued...with a cringe-inducing movie still replacing the original cover art. The Australian commiserates.

Considering how the economy is doing these days, I don't know if this is a list to avoid, or a list to mimic: The Top 25 Books that Corporate America is Currently Reading.

China is in the midst of a literary renaissance, with hundreds of thousands of new novels and novelists popping up in the past few years. So what's fueling the book boom? The internet, of course. CNN reports: "In America, people have the American dream. In China, people have the online dream."

The release of an unauthorized biography about New York Yankee, Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez, has been bumped up a month in an effort to capitalize on recent revelations regarding the batter's bouts with steroids. Whether Hit and Run: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez will include the syringe-shaped bookmark I recommended to the publisher remains to be seen.