But the Brits bring cite some more diverse titles, including Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical A Man in Love, Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, and Iain Banks The Quarry, published days after his death from cancer. Nostalgia was bittersweet in Roddy Doyle‘s The Guts which caught up with the music-mad hero of The Commitments, weighed down now by middle age. And The Guardian gave a shout out to one of my personal favs’ Dave EggersThe Circle.
Get the inside story before you open the front cover. Tune into my show, the Book Report.
Jason Segel will playDavid Foster Wallace in forthcoming film “The End of the Tour.” The film is based on the 2010 book “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace” written by Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky.
Lipsky criss-crossed the US with Foster Wallace as he promoted his mammoth novel “Infinite Jest.” The movie script will be by Pulitzer-winner Donald Margulies.
And Jesse Eisenberg, who played Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” will play Lipsky.
The film is yet another posthumous addition to the Foster Wallace legend. He became one of the most celebrated US writers for his blend of left-field observation and pop-culture savvy. Tragically, he committed suicide in 2008.
To keep up with the book world, tune into my show The Book Report. See www.bookreportradio.com for news and archived shows.
2013 was a year the late J. D. Salinger would have hated. A man who zealously guarded his privacy, last year saw the release of a Salinger documentary and its companion book. Then, three Salinger unpublished stories were leaked.
Yet, Salinger—contrary to his image as a recluse, had a public side. In December 1959, he shared his views on the legal system in a letter to the New York Post. It was a response to an earlier Post article, “Who Speaks for the Damned?” about a New York State law denying parole to anyone sentenced to life imprisonment.
Salinger wrote. “Justice-without-mercy must easily be the bleakest, coldest, combination of words in the language,” No man, should face such a bleak future.”
For more on literary legends, tune into my show The Book Report
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen will write a biography of the late Nora Ephron. Cohen, friends with Ephron since the 70s, reportedly asked her family if he could write the biography. At her request, Cohen was the first speaker at Ephron’s funeral. He shared, “Nora and I started out as enemies. ” It seems Ephron had become angry with him because of something he’d written about her. “I was awestruck, also intimidated, and so some months later when she came to my door with her new boyfriend, Carl Bernstein, she said, ‘This is going to be like the movies. We start as enemies and end as friends.’ She extended her hand. I took it and never let it go,”
For the latest on bios, novels and non-fiction, check my website, bookreportradio.com. And, tune into my show The Book Report.
One of the most beloved purveyors of horror and suspense has finally joined the twitterati. @StephenKing has stacked up more than 172,000 followers in three days. Making him one of most-followed authors on Twitter.
King, who’s written 56 novels in his 40-year career, started out uncertainly in the 140-character form. His first text read: “On Twitter at last, and can’t think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be.”
One of King’s early followers was his son, novelist Joe Hill who tweeted; “Tweet whatever you want. Just don’t let me catch you with your hand in your pants.”
Authors are colorful characters. For more, tune into my show The Book Report.