Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lit Bits

Lots of novel ideas out there ...

Last week's Independent on Sunday had a special issue examining whether intelligent literature can survive in the digital age. (See here.)
John Walsh's article, Spine-chilling, talks about changes in the way people read and quotes Nicholas Carr:
'Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.'
There's a section where 8 'experts' predict the future (which didn't scare me as much as I thought it might).
And an interview with James Patterson - who outsells, J K Rowling, John Grisham and Dan Brown PUT TOGETHER!
(I always assumed his ghost writers did all the work until I heard his schedule - he begins working at 5.30am , 7 days a week. His empire may rake in $1.5billion - but if that's what it takes, he can keep it!)

And here's a new initiative - Bibliotherapy, therapeutic literary solutions to the stresses and strains of everyday modern life available at the School of Life.

Several of the Bookarazzi bods have new books being launched this month.
Check out Tania Hershman at Titania Writes, Liane Spicer at Wordtryst and Caroline Smailes at ... er ... Caroline Smailes.

The Writer's Handbook Live event is taking place in London, Saturday 27 September.

And don't forget to pop along to Rich4Thought to see how Prometheus is getting on.


1 comment:

Sharon J said...

I'll never be financial rich because I'm just not willing to put the kind of effort in that it'd need. No way! I'm rich enough as it is, just in other ways.