Bookbits for September 11th, 2008

  • Mystery bookIt’s like a lottery!  Click here to see the mysterious page on a well-known internet retailer’s website where Oprah’s latest bookclub selection is being coy.  Readers that bought this also bought Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs, The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen, and The Gate House by Nelson DeMille (yes, not yet published, that last one, so I’m a little perplexed).  Oh yes, and it’s a hardcover, so it’s bound to be a very recent title.  Anyone want to make any guesses?  I was going to go with Palace Council by Stephen Carter, but it’s not a Harper Collins title, so I’ll have to think of something else.  The official selection will be announced on September 19th. I have to say, it’s kind of fun to be able to guess for a week.  🙂
  • Bonesetter’s Daughter operaThis coming Saturday marks the world premiere of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, an opera based on the novel by Amy Tan.  It started out as a birthday present from the composer to the writer, using the first few lines of her book.  Once he read then entire thing, he made an opera out of it, as you do.  The current issue of Opera Now (only available in Den Haag) has a lengthy feature on it, if you’re looking for more details.  No word yet on if and when it will come to this side of the Atlantic.
  • Could this  be a new trend?  ABC owner Lynn spotted this article about two new books on the two potential First Ladies of the USA, both of which will be only available on the Kindle well before they are released in printed form.  In fact, the one about Cindy McCain will only be released if she actually reaches the White House.   Kind of reminds me of movie test audiences; if the ending’s no good, change the movie scrap the book.

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