“For the first time in recent memory, The Times’s list, the nation’s most influential barometer of book sales, is pitting liberals and conservatives against each other in roughly equal numbers, ending what some publishing executives say is nearly a decade of dominance by right-wing authors.”
David Cole, a liberal lawyer, has written a book, Enemy Aliens, that attacks the (so-called) USA Patriot Act. Rather than following the Washington tradition of inviting “friends, relatives, employees, students, underlings and sycophants” to his book launch, Cole intends to feature an expert who will denounce Enemy Aliens. (Via A&L Daily.)
In other news, the jury for Canada’s Giller Prize has selected this year’s shortlist. Of 97 submissions:
They picked Atwood for her futuristic Oryx And Crake (also on the Man Booker list) and Vassanji for The In-Between World Of Vikram Lall set in Kenya after it won independence. Also shortlisted is Ann-Marie MacDonald’s second novel The Way The Crow Flies, about murder and Cold War politics; The Island Walkers, a first novel by John Bemrose about workers organizing a union in an Ontario mill town; and Kilter: 55 Fictions by John Gould, a writer of extremely short stories who is director of the Victoria School Of Writing in Victoria, B.C.
Bookslut notes that Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights “has hit the New York Times bestseller list, ‘the first time ever an American comic book publisher has earned a spot on the prestigious list.'”
Judy Moir heralds the world of independent Scottish publishing.
Book reviewer Sarah Weinman has a started blog.