• An anonymous editor tells Justine Larbalestier that “most first novel advances tend to be between $5,000 and $10,000.” (Via Tingle Alley.)
  • Kevin Guilfoile (whose favorite book, The Moviegoer, is one of my top five) and Kate Schlegel have rendered their verdicts in The Morning News’ Tournament of Books. One of the discards: Stephen Amidon’s Human Capital, which I’m been dying to read based on this endorsement from Michael Schaub:

    Amidon makes a good case for being the new Fitzgerald. Sure, Human Capital isn’t quite Gatsby, but it’s a solid, absorbing, inventive novel; it might not be great, not quite, but it’s something more than fine.

  • A writer and psychoanalyst debate the overlap and differences between, and the therapeutic value of, their respective disciplines.
  • In honor of Black History Month, The Enquirer tests your knowledge of prominent figures in Cincinnatti’s black history. From one of the questions:

    After I killed my 3-year-old daughter, I was captured, jailed, tried and returned to slavery. My story was the inspiration for Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Beloved.” Morrison also wrote the libretto for a new opera based on my life.

  • In honor of National Poetry Month, Poetry magazine is giving away free copies of its April, 2005, issue to book groups that request them by March 1. (Via Bookslut.)


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