Pink books, bad books, bookcrossing, more

Although I have what one friend politely downplays as a “healthy interest” in fashion, even I am perplexed by this article about the frequency and significance of pink as the color of choice for women’s book covers.

“Seasonal Traditions in the Book Trade No. 2: Spotting the Christmas Turkeys.”

Toby Clements signed up at Bookcrossing and released a book “into the wild.” While noting that many people have had positive experiences, Clements says:

My own attempts at bookcrossing have not been a huge success. I littered a few London cafés with copies of my favourite novels and have, as yet, heard nothing. I left a copy of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (by Stephen Sherrill) in a pub in Stoke Newington and found it later that week in a second-hand bookshop, going for £9.

The BBC is Britain’s third largest magazine publisher. Some in the publishing industry are concerned about the implications the BBC’s print empire has for the industry as a whole. (Via Arts Journal.)

Word Salad covers Shelley Jackson’s tattoo story:

This extremely limited, you might say leather-bound, edition will exist solely as a series of one-word tattoos to be inked upon the very selves of a number of volunteers who are just now lining up for the cause of literature.

Peter Carey talks with Jasper Rees about his latest novel and his writing regimen:

I meet Carey in his office, which occupies the ground floor of his family home, in Greenwich Village, New York. It’s a quiet, leafy street. The loudest noise, by a stretch, comes from the air-conditioning unit in the back room in which he writes. “I mostly say that I write in the mornings, but everything is basically a lie. Sometimes I write in the afternoons. Sometimes I write in the evenings. But mostly at the beginning I’m just pleased to stop and have enough pages done to justify my miserable existence.”


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