Around the Water Cooler

  • Head over to the LBC this week, where we’re discussing the latest Read This! pick Firmin by Sam Savage. I really enjoyed this book and am excited to hear from Sam Save himself on Wednesday.
  • Here’s a blog devoted to bookplates. There’s a treasure trove of stuff here to look at.
  • An American won France’s top literary award, the Goncourt Prize. Jonathan Littell won for his 900 page novel written in French from the perspective of a Nazi officer.
  • Is this really it for Alice Munro? Her latest collection The View from Castle Rock goes on sale tomorrow.
  • Did anyone else read this Deborah Solomon interview with James Ellroy? He sounds….interesting (I’m trying to be nice here—he comes across as kind of an ass in the interview).