Annie here with a few bits and pieces, including some more literary losses:
- The Independent has come out with their best books of 2004 list. Many of the usual suspects are present: Alan Hollinghurst, David Mitchell, John Updike, Philip Roth, Susanna Clarke, but a few less long-listed names show up too. Among them: Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Queen of the South, Chico Buarque’s Budapest, Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers, and a personal favorite: ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. But check it out for yourself.
- On December 10, Melville House books is coming out with an instant book, What Do We Do Now, offering post-election advice and encouragement for liberals. Contributors include Howard Dean, Donna Brazille, and . . . Maud Newton, y’all!
- Author Miriam Schlein, author of children’s books, including “Heavy is a Hippopatamus” and “The Rabbit’s World” is dead at 78.
- America’s first female poet laureate Mona Van Duyn has died in St. Louis at the age of 83, according to her publisher Alfred A. Knopf.