Last week I was hunting around online for the right image to use as endpapers in Kate Atkinson’s upcoming LIFE AFTER LIFE (April 2! Mark your calendars!). I had in mind something that looked like William Morris wallpaper and would incorporate certain elements of the story. I was surprised to find, without too much digging, exactly the perfect pattern, on someone’s Pinterest page. I was even more surprised, this morning, when I sent it to Kate for her OK, and she told me it’s the very same wallpaper that hangs in her own dining room.
Fate! Kismet! Or just a pleasing coincidence that made my day.
The always thoughtful and wise Claire Cameron reviews Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY for The Millions, offering up reflections on the power of fiction, the interpretation of religion, and the gap between what we think and how we feel.
The New Yorker Out Loud: Simon Rich on writing funny
This week Simon Rich’s new novella “Sell Out” is being serialized on newyorker.com. It’s the story of Simon Rich’s great-great-grandfather, who falls into a pickle barrel and emerges, one hundred years later, into hipster Brooklyn. On the podcast this week, Simon Rich reads excerpts from the first installment, and then talks with Susan Morrison about the inspiration for his novella, his experiences writing for Saturday Night Live, and his love of the comedic premise, as practiced by Roald Dahl, T. C. Boyle, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.
The news of STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE hitting the New York Times Bestseller list made us jump for joy this week. Reagan has been publishing Ian for 20 years in the US. Thank you for your support!
Ian Rankin is coming to a store near you! Meet and cavort with a brilliant, funny writer we’ve loved for literally twenty years. Enjoy, dear readers!
1/24: Los Angeles, CA (CA - Los Angeles) 7:00 PM - Book Soup
1/25: Half Moon Bay, CA (CA - San Francisco) 7:00 PM - Bay Book Company
1/26: Corte Madera, CA (CA - Other, CA - San Francisco) 4:00 PM - Book Passage
1/27: Scottsdale, AZ (AZ - Phoenix) 2:00 PM - Poisoned Pen
1/28: Beaverton, OR (OR - Portland) 7:00 PM - Powell’s
1/29: Kirkland, WA (WA - Seattle - Tacoma) 6:30 PM - University Bookstore
1/30: Houston, TX (TX - Houston) 6:30 PM - Murder By The Book
1/31: Naperville, IL (IL - Chicago) 7:00 PM - Anderson’s
2/1: Milwaukee, WI (WI - Milwaukee) 5:00 PM - Mystery One
2/1: Milwaukee, WI (WI - Milwaukee) 7:00 PM - Boswell Books/Mystery One
2/2: Washington, DC (DC - Washington) 3:30 PM - Politics & Prose
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that if you write a letter to “Ian Rankin, Scotland” it will be delivered to The Oxford Bar (favored drinking establishment of Detective John Rebus.)
Side note: Ian’s book STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE hit bookstores this week. To read an excerpt, visit Ian’s Facebook page.
From her Omnivoracious post “Sara Says: All I Want for New Years is…
Kate Atkinson: Life After Life
What if life could be a series of re-dos? That’s the question at the heart of Atkinson’s amazing novel that traces the life — and the potential deaths — of one fairly ordinary woman in 20th century Britain. Sound gimmicky? It’s not. By 20 pages in, you’ve completely forgotten the conceit and are riding alongside Ursula, who careens through experiences without imagining repercussions — just like the rest of us.
In other news: if you want to read Kate Atkinson and you have a book club, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you advance copies for your entire club. No joke.
“We” meaning “everyone here at RAB” agree with bookavore: Kate Atkinson is mightily awesome, and this cat should learn to read before passing judgment. Back to the litterbox with ye!
Jiaozi hates Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which is stupid of her, because some of us are already pretty sure it’s one of the best books of 2013.
And by “some of us” I mean “me” and also half of the people at the library at this point. It is rushing through our ranks like wildfire.
(Whilst waiting for the new Atkinson, read the first Atkinson to prepare, I think. I had never read it before and it astonished me but then the new one was EVEN BETTER so GET READY)
This in the form of Simon Rich’s hilarious and touching new story collection THE LAST GIRLFRIEND ON EARTH. Prepare to fall in love with Simon’s humor if you haven’t already.
Complete with a fabulous cover and adorably-sized packaging. Happy late 2012 and early 2013 holidays from RAB!