Whoops, been silent here for a couple of days and then this thing goes up more than 12 hours late -- no, I haven't abandoned this blog. Just didn't have a lot of time near my keyboard. Anyway...here are the odds 'n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Anti-racist novel To Kill A Mockingbird and children's classic Huckleberry Finn are withdrawn from Virginia schools after a parent complains that they contain racial slurs -- that's a really long headline that sums it up pretty well. David Simon's comment is dead on: " We are going backwards"
- Bad sex award goes to Italian novelist Erri De Luca -- Read on at your own peril -- not just for the sex-talk, but man...bad writing. I usually look at the short-list for this award anyway, but having the guys at Two Crime Writers and a Microphone read selections just underlined how bad these were. De Luca deserves this award.
- Speaking of TCWaaM, they talked about this on the most recent episode: A Jane Austen Row Erupts in Britain -- good grief.
- Reading Blind is Best: One author on why you should avoid reading the flap copy. -- there's much to be said for this
- Another week, another list: The best crime books and thrillers of 2016 -- from The Guardian. Looks like a good list.
- This Week's New Release that I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon:
- Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham -- I liked her semi-autobiographical novel a couple of years ago, I expect I'll enjoy this volume, too.