We were sad to learn today that Agota Kristof died on July 27. Born in 1935, the Hungarian author, who spent her adult life in Switzerland, wrote the Book of Lies, a shape-shifting trilogy about two brothers living in Europe who are separated during World War II. Shape-shifting and grippingly taut, brain-teasing and fairy-tale simple, confident yet horrific, it's a landmark in contemporary European and experimental fiction.
With the advent of e-books, authors now have more opportunity than ever to revise and republish previous books. So will they? The Boston Globe’s Alex Beam poses the question to John Banville and Tom Perrotta, among others.
Journalist-turned-novelist Tony Parsons has been named Heathrow Airport’s second writer-in-residence. He’ll spend a week at the airport and will publish a short story collection based on the experience this October.
A Powell’s Books clerk takes to the pages of the Chicago Tribune to exhort publishers to fight back—and fight dirty—against the ascent of e-readers.
“I don’t know how this book will be accepted,” Nicholson Baker says of House of Holes, his new (comic?) novel about a sexual theme park. “You could almost say we’re in the postpornographic era now. There’s so much porn around it’s part of everybody’s life. It’s not something you find in a certain seedy part of town or in discreetly wrapped parcels that come in the mail.”
At Grantland, Extra Lives author Tom Bissell reflects on the future of iPad gaming beyond Angry Birds.
Last Friday, David Berman, the man behind the now-defunct band Silver Jews and one of our favorite poets, gave a rare reading in Chicago, where a heckler provided him with a new title.