Author Archives: Dani

Michael Crichton dies at 66

Michael Crichton, best-selilng author of such novels as Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain and the TV show ER, died unexpectedly this morning at his home in Los Angeles. Crichton started on he path a career as a medical doctor, but turned to writing his science-fiction novels while he was in medical school in 1969. He […]

Swiss Library Brings Old Books to New Format

In St. Gallen, Switzerland, is one of the most valuable collections of old manuscripts in the world. Stiftsbibliothek–the library of the town’s abbey–contains more an astonishing number of handwritten manuscripts, many dating back before 1000 AD. Now, with a grant of $1 million fr om the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, those books are going online. […]

Indian Writer Wins Man Booker Prize

Aravind Adiga’s first novel, The White Tiger, took home the Man Booker Prize last night (as well as £50,000). The prize aims to recognize the very best in fiction each year, and Adiga was one of six authors shortlisted for the award. He is the fourth debut novelist, and second Indian debut author, to win […]

Literature + Food = Love

Alimentum: The Literature of Food is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry which deals with the subject of—-what else?—-food! There is a five poem limit on poetry submissions, and they do not accept work that has been previously published.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and all submissions are only accepted via snail mail with SASE. […]

Le Clezio wins Nobel Prize

Today in Sweden, French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio took home the Nobel Prize in Literature. Le Clezio’s books largely reflect the traveling and moving around he has done–his first book, written  in the French Riviera at age seven (!), was about the sea. He became more well-known at age 23, when he published The […]

Pynchon novel confirmed

Rumors have been flying around the web for weeks, but Penguin confirmed last Friday that Thomas Pynchon will indeed be publishing a new novel on or about August 2009.  The reclusive author wrote this novel fairly quickly compared to his last: fans of Gravity’s Rainbow had to wait seventeen years for Vineland, seven for Mason […]

Forth Magazine submission call

A new arts & literature magazine in the Los Angeles area is looking for art and writing submissions from LA locals. They are looking for all ‘edgy’ writing (minus “standard, dry journalism”) with a maximum 500 word count, as well as artwork to illustrate their issue. In addition, the logo for each front cover of […]

Hayden Carruth dies at 87

Hayden Carruth, prize winning poet and literary critic, died Monday at the age of 87. In his long lifetime, he published more than thirty books of poetry, countless criticisms and essays, a novel, and two poetry anthologies. He received the National Book Award in 1996 for his collections of poems, Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey. He […]

Academic journal to publish bin Laden poetry

The academic journal “Language & Communication” will publish poetry (as well as a few speeches and sermons) by Osama bin Laden in next week’s issue. The poetry is part of an article by Flagg Miller, a professor at UC Davis. The poems were among a large number of audiocassettes found in the al-Queda headquarters in […]

“Bumping into Geniuses”

Today saw the release of Danny Goldberg’s memoir, “Bumping into Geniuses,” which details his life in the rock and roll business. The book, which begins with a retelling of reporting for Billboard at nineteen at the Woodstock Festival, is what Goldberg calls “his love letter to rock and roll and the rock and roll business.” […]