Thursday, March 12, 2009

Book News, In Brief

How do newspaper people even conceive of topics like this? It just seems so...random. Anyway, gasp along with Woodward and Bernstein as The Independent Online investigates: "Are South American men suckers for a good love story?"

The editor of True Compass, Sen. Edward Kennedy's memoir, promises the book will be in bookstores this fall. "We were saddened when the Senator's recent bout with brain cancer ruined our plans for a St. Patrick's Day release," a nonexistent source reports. "But you should have seen the Senator's bloodshot, beady eyes light up when we told him that he'd be promoting it during Oktoberfest. I believe his exact words were, 'Burp...hic!'"

Six years after the publication of her novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has sold a new manuscript to Scribner for close to $5 million. The new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, is "a supernatural story about twins who inherit an apartment near a London cemetery and become embroiled in the lives of the building's other residents and the ghost of their aunt, who left them the flat." Ah, but that's not the newsworthy part is it? So let me repeat: HER NEW BOOK SOLD FOR FIVE MILLION DOLLARS! (But what will the South American men think?)