paper trail

Jan 27, 2012 @ 4:00:00 am

Edmund White, photo by Fladeboe for Vice.

Do book bloggers matter? Reed Exhibitions thinks so—they’ve just bought the two year-old Book Blogger Convention as a supplement to BookExpo America (BEA).

Children’s author Maurice Sendak had some very adult things to say about e-books during his loopy appearance on the Colbert Report.

Until he began to work for Amazon’s publishing arm, Larry Kirshbaum was a successful literary agent and a big-time industry insider, a BusinessWeek cover story on Amazon’s foray into book publishing reports. Since defecting to the digital world six months ago, Kirshbaum has signed big-name writers like Timothy Ferriss, pop polymath James Franco, and basketball coach Bob Knight with big advances—all the while becoming the scapegoat for the decline of print publishing.

Not safe for work! At Vice, Giancarlo DiTrapano, who edits the New York Tyrant, talks dirty with Edmund White.

Andrew Miller has won Britain’s prestigious Costa Prize for his sixth novel, Pure.

Washington, D.C., has been named the country’s most literary city (New York doesn’t even make the top ten). You go, Pittsburgh, PA (#6)!

William S. Burroughs, in a 1959 letter to his mom and dad: “It strikes me as regrettable that one should reserve a special and often lifeless style for letter to parents.” Burroughs’s selected letters will be published in February.