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February 6, 2013

Shorties (Rosie Schaap's Favorite Boozy Novels, Woody Guthrie's New Novel, and more)

Rosie Schaap, author of the new essay collection Drinking with Men, shares her five favorite boozy novels at Zola Books.

The publisher of Woody Guthrie's only novel, House of Earth, talks to Morning Edition about the recently published book.

"Woody Guthrie has something that every artist would dies for: a voice," says Brinkley. "You can read House of Earth and you know it's Woody Guthrie. You know it's coming from the heart."

Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock talks books and music with Stereogum.

Lawrence Wright talks to Morning Edition about his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

The A.V. Club lists 30 songs with parentheses in their titles.

GeekMom interviews two editors from First Second Books about graphic novels.

GM: I assume you are in dialogue with other publishing houses. Has the respect for your market grown since First Second began? Or not…

Mark: The major publishing houses all publish graphic novels, and have realized this is a lasting trend, with an ever-expanding readership. Many A-list prose fiction authors are eagerly turning their talents to writing graphic novel scripts. Add to that prestigious awards like the Pulitzer, the librarians’ Printz, a National Book Award nomination, and more accolades every year going to comics—and clearly there has been a sea-change in America when it comes to respecting the form. More and more people know at least a few great works that are graphic novels, like Persepolis, or Maus , or Fun Home, or American Born Chinese… Just ask any librarian in the country what circulates most. And it’s no longer just a geek pleasure; it’s happening with people of all ages, and now even more women readers than men. It’s all changing. For the better.

Washington Square News lists the five best lyrics written by Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle.

At Book Pregnant, author Priscilla Sibley discusses the process of signing 10,000 copies of her novel for the Target Book Club.

At The Record, three music critics discuss their first listens of the new My Bloody Valentine album.

Yo La Tengo visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

The Guardian notes the surprising success of James Joyce's novel Finnegan's Wake in China.

The 41-year-old professor at Shanghai's Fudan University was incredulous when the translation became a surprise bestseller in China after hitting shelves last month. Backed by an elaborate billboard ad campaign, the first volume of "Fennigen de Shouling Ye" sold out its first run of 8,000 copies and reached number two on a prestigious bestseller list in Shanghai, second only to a biography of Deng Xiaoping. Sales of 30,000 are considered "cause for celebration" according to Chinese publisher Gray Tan, so 8,000 in a month has made Joyce a distinctly hot property. Ian McEwan, for instance, is considered pretty buzzy in translation, but the print run of Atonement was only 5,000 copies.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James talks to Leo Weekly about his new solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Win Sean Ferrell's novels The Man in the Empty Suit and Numb, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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