Every time I walk into a bookstore and I see a novel written by a celebrity or some newly-minted reality star, I cringe. Yes, I'm jealous and resentful. But the truth is the book publishing business is a terrible business.
Over the thirty years of my publishing career, I've learned that book snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And their snobbery often seems more about them than the genre they've picked for their disdain.
What is with people feeling so free to share their opinions as to how we're performing our jobs as moms and dads? The way I see it, these so-called "words of wisdom" are -- like a bad mood or a bad recipe -- better left unshared.
As men wearing suits analyze the death of Borders, it's become clear that none of them grew up kissing books. They blame book readers, digital books, Amazon, and the recession for the demise of the chain when they should be blaming the executives.
San Franciscans are lucky to live in The City of Writing. I've prepared a little menu for you to carry along next time you visit your favorite independent bookstore. Let them serve you up a heaping helping of bookish Bay Area goodness.
Early reviewers have described Stefan Merrill Block's new novel as "This generation's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." I spoke with the 29-year-old author about the literary and real-life inspirations behind his novel.
In the not too distant future of Anna North's debut novel, Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica -- one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age. I spoke with her about the politics of her novel, and science-fiction.