Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Literary News: Lawsuits, Insults, and More

Literary News Today....

*A second lawsuit was filed last week against Greg Mortenson amid the controversy surrounding allegations that his bestselling memoirs Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools are both full of false claims and inaccuracies. This lawsuit also names Mortenson's co-author, David Oliver Relin, and his publisher, Penguin. Mortenson has been under fire since a 60 Minutes episode made its allegations in April and was quickly followed by a lengthy expose article by respected journalist Jon Krakauer. A full article on the newest lawsuit can be found here.

*They say the pen is mightier than the sword. Check out Flavorwire's 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults in History. They've got everyone from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf to William Faulkner to Vladmir Nabokov all weighing in on their contemporaries and predecessors.

*Head over to our Book into Movie News Page for the latest on casting for Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit.

*The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been awarded to Andrea Levy for her novel The Long Song. Levy's novel is set on a sugar plantation in Jamaica in the 1830s. The Washington Post has called Levy "one of the best historical novelists of her generation." The book was a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize as well as a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year.

No comments:

Post a Comment