On the Shelf
June 22, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
A. Whitney Ellsworth, the first publisher of The New York Review of Books, has died at seventy-five.
Even Kate Middleton’s spelling is under scrutiny.
Andrea Levy’s The Long Song has won the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction.
Whoa. Keanu Reeves writes poetry.
Celebrate Independent Bookseller’s Week.
The Hobbit movie will contain an elf character not found in the original book, to be played by Evangeline Lilly.
The first self-published author to sell a million e-books is one John Locke (not to be confused with the philosopher).
Says Jim Shepard of his ominously named story collection You Think That’s Bad: “It does seem to embody some of the characters’ worldviews ... [It’s like saying,] ‘Wait until you see what’s coming.’”
In order to compete against online retailers, independent bookstores may have to start charging for their events. Ann Patchett is concerned: “I wouldn’t want the people who have no idea who I am and have nothing else to do on a Wednesday night shut out. Those are your readers.”
Who will win the Greenaway Medal?
Meet the greatest baseball game ever played.