Friday News Roundup, September 11, 2009


Here are some book related stories that have been in the news this week:

Charlaine Harris recommends Buffy the Vampire Slayer to her fans. (DragonCon)

James Patterson signs a deal to write 17 books in 3 years. No one cranks them out like he does. (NY Times)

The Tolkien estate has settled their lawsuit with New Line Cinema, which means production can begin on The Hobbit films. (Guardian)

Read an excerpt from Kathy Griffin’s new book where she talks about getting dissed by Conan O’Brien. (Today Show)

Never one to shy away from controversy, Philip Pullman will challenge Christianity’s portrayal of Jesus Christ in his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. (Guardian)

Nick Hornby gives an interview to promote his new book, Juliet, Naked. (Telegraph)

Six finalists for the Booker prize have been announced. (USA Today)

The Cushing Academy has decided to remove all its paper books and go completely digital. The books will be replaced by 18 Kindles and the reference desk is being replaced by a coffee shop with a $12,000 cappuccino maker. I’m not making this up. (School Library Journal)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List:

ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy

THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

206 BONES, by Kathy Reichs

THE WHITE QUEEN, by Philippa Gregory

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