“There’s madness afoot over the new Harry Potter book. A UK tabloid tried to score a stolen advance copy and bungled it, amid gunfire (gunfire!).”
A French scholar recently rediscovered Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine, an unfinished novel written by 19th-century novelist Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Christo). It appeared in book form for the first time today.
Oprah has selected three William Faulkner novels for her book club’s summer reading. (Background: writers plead with Oprah to restore focus on contemporary fiction. Chris Lehmann defends Jonathan Franzen’s ambivalent response to Oprah’s selection of The Corrections; Dennis Loy Johnson takes Franzen to task; Laura Miller regrets the chasm between readers of popular and literary titles. Two writers debate the merits of Oprah’s book club in a Bookninja piece.)