Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book News, In Brief

An old man hollers hyperbole, makes national headlines. (Or: John Grisham proclaims printed books an 'endangered species.')

The late Stieg Larsson's girlfriend and family can only agree on one thing -- Death: It's all fun and games until it's time to split up the dead dude's fortune.

Journalista! tipped me off to this next one, and it's as depressing as it is funny: A scan of cartoonist Horst Rosenthal's 1942 satirical tour of a Nazi internment camp...drawn just before Rosenthal was killed in Auschwitz later that year...and "starring" Mickey Mouse.

The owner of San Francisco's Ocean Avenue Books took offense at a Yelp reviewer labeling her store a "TOTAL MESS," tracked down his address (which he'd never even given to Yelp), and tried to force her way into his home. Looks like the thin line between 'crazy cat person' and 'bookstore with cat' just got a li'l bit thinner.

The Minnesota Post's Joe Kimball has a nice write-up about the W/T/A Price Wars. Unlike most of the other articles out there, Kimball keeps things fact based and relatively unbiased, resisting the urge to pen paeans to the indies. That said, as soon as he passes the mic to said indies, they can't wait to nominate themselves for sainthood. Yay us!