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Paris Review Hosts Couplet Contest

The Paris Review will be giving away two tickets to Tom Stoppard‘s Broadway play “Arcadia.” To win, write a poetic couplet in response to the question, “Does Carnal Embrace Addle the Brain?”

Here are more details about the contest: “Keep your lines to a couplet, but in true Stoppardian fashion, let your imagination run wild: anything from the impending Kardashian nuptials to Kate Wood’s philosophy to the (alleged) crimes of DSK is fair game. Share yours in comments below.”

So far, more than 70 couplets  have been submitted. A winner will be picked today, so write quickly!

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More on Waterstone’s Co-Op “Scandal”

Yes, there’s still reaction and fallout from the Times’ story on Waterstone’s co-op practices. Bill Godber, managing director of distributor Turnaround (whose client publishers include Duckworth, Arcadia, No Exit Press and Milo Books) said to Publishing News: “These increases in charges are very distressing for our smaller, independent clients. In recent months it did seem that the playing field had leveled out a little, but it’s difficult to see how any of them will be able to absorb such costs or risk such large sums of money on what, at the end of the day, is something of a gamble. The problem as I see it is that a large number of what we see as interesting, innovative titles that really do contribute something fresh and vital, can easily become marginalized, and choice is the victim. Of course, we all know that the big supermarkets do this sort of thing all the time, but I don’t think you can compare books to tea or toothpaste where brand is all important.”

Publishers have a number of concerns. They talk about a “credibility gap” between what Waterstone’s is charging and what they believe it is able to deliver at Christmas. As one put it: “They are going to have to significantly increase their share of Christmas to justify these costs and the problem is this: Waterstone’s have had two poor Christmases and WHSmith have had two good ones.” To that end, another unnamed publisher added “Waterstone’s is a strong brand, but they haven’t led Christmas for three or four years. They feel they can do it this year and that’s why they’re bullish on the rate card, but they have to convince a lot of publishers.”

Dateline LBF: Deals ‘o the Day

  • HarperCollins gets the UK rights to Andre Agassi‘s memoirs. (PN)
  • Sceptre gets UK dibs on Michael Chabon‘s NYT-serialized adventure novel GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD. (PN)
  • Arcadia pays largest-ever advance for biography of London mayor Ken Livingstone. (The Bookseller)
  • Ali Gunn gets Jenny Colgan a 1 million pound-plus deal for her next novel. (PN)
  • Kim Scott Walwyn Prize created to honor women in publishing. (The Guardian)
  • Random House gets Exporting Nibbie. (PN)
  • And according to the LBF Guide, we’re in the Year of the Potato. Awesome. (WFHIT?)