Annie here with a few bits and pieces, including some more literary losses:
The Independent has come out with their best books of 2004 list. Many of the usual suspects are present: Alan Hollinghurst, David Mitchell, John Updike, Philip Roth, Susanna Clarke, but a few less long-listed names show up too. Among them: Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Queen of the South, Chico Buarque’s Budapest, Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers, and a personal favorite: ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. But check it out for yourself.
On December 10, Melville House books is coming out with an instant book, What Do We Do Now, offering post-election advice and encouragement for liberals. Contributors include Howard Dean, Donna Brazille, and . . . Maud Newton, y’all!
Author Miriam Schlein, author of children’s books, including “Heavy is a Hippopatamus” and “The Rabbit’s World” is dead at 78.
America’s first female poet laureate Mona Van Duyn has died in St. Louis at the age of 83, according to her publisher Alfred A. Knopf.
Michael over at Bookslut mentions that he didn’t know Paula Danzinger, author of “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit”, had died. Me neither. He’s sad. Me too.