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May 1, 2012
by Dan
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St. Aubyn Redesigns by Stuart Wilson

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Stuart Wilson’s unsettling redesigns for the Picador (UK) editions of the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Here’s the full the set:

March 26, 2012
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Edward St. Aubyn on Writers & Company and Bookworm

In a fascinating conversation, Eleanor Wachtel talks to Edward St. Aubyn about his Patrick Melrose novels on CBC Radio’s Writers and Company: CBC Radio Writers & Company: Edward St. Aubyn mp3  KCRW’s Bookworm also recently broadcast a two-part interview with St. Aubyn about … Continue reading

March 16, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Tim Maughan on the influence of  the Jean Giraud on science fiction for Tor.com: [The] combination of neon-lit noir streets, cramped towering city blocks, airborne traffic jams and scruffy characters seems almost a cliche today. But this was the first … Continue reading

February 24, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Blown Covers — The New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly has a Tumblr (pictured above:  “Eustace at a Stoplight—Right?,” by David Urban) Spanking — Charles McGrath remembers the late Barney Rosset in the New York Times: Mr. Rosset was far from … Continue reading

December 5, 2011
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Raincoast Spring Books

I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference last week. Sadly I didn’t get to see much of Vancouver or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a … Continue reading

August 19, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Good Ink, a new imprint of Portland’s Scout Books, have announced a new collection called American Shorts. Each pocket-sized volume in the series pairs a contemporary illustrator with a classic American short story. The first releases are An Occurrence at Owl … Continue reading

May 11, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Half Crazy — Matt Dorfman on his great book cover design for The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, published by Riverhead Books: Riverhead did not skimp on the production touches for this one. They sprung for a combination gritty matte … Continue reading

May 6, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

A distinctively typographic cover by David Pearson for Vault by David Rose, new from Salt Publishing. Giving Up Irony — John Self reviews Edward St. Aubyn’s At Last: The author’s background, like Patrick’s, is of inherited wealth; perhaps it is … Continue reading

April 27, 2011
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Edward St Aubyn | Open Book

Author Edward St. Aubyn talks to Mariella Frostrup about his brilliant, funny, and very, very harrowing semi-autobiographical novels for BBC Radio’s Open Book: BBC RADIO OPEN BOOK: Edward St. Aubyn At Last, Edward St. Aubyn’s new novel, and the conclusion … Continue reading

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