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Kathy L. Patrick & Random House Launch Online Book Club Show

The producers of Dancing with the Stars haven’t cast season 12 yet, but we hope they consider our petitions for Kathy L. Patrick and Claire Cook. In the meantime, fans can watch Patrick’s new online book club show with Random House.

Random House marketing director Avideh Bashirrad explained in the release: “We’ve seen increased demand for digital content from book clubs, so we developed a program that would offer them more of what they love. Kathy Patrick was our ideal choice for the partnership since she has been an advocate of our books for many years.”

The first two shows aired on January 14th with Karen Abbott‘s American Rose and Paula McLain‘s The Paris Wife. Patrick founded the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, a group with 400 chapters across the country. Other authors who will appear on the new show include: Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg, Helen Simonson, Deborah Rodriguez, Frank Delaney, Yann Martel, Janelle Brown, Melanie Benjamin, Susan Vreeland, and Lisa See. (Via Shelf Awareness)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We corrected a spelling error in this post.

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National Book Award Finalists Announced for 2010

Today the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards. Novelist Pat Conroy made the official announcement at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, Georgia.

Many were surprised to see Jonathan Franzen‘s critically acclaimed novel Freedom did not make the cut.  In a pleasant fiction surprise, Karen Tei Yamashita‘s I Hotel earned a nomination for  indie publisher, Coffee House Press.

The LA Times broke the news this morning. We’ve updated our original post with the NBF’s official list. Follow this link for more details.

Fiction
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)
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Pat Conroy Bows Out of BEA

conroy.jpgNovelist Pat Conroy announced today that he will miss his two BEA appearances this year.

According to Publishers Lunch, the author of “The Prince of Tides” recently had surgery and had to cancel. Publishers Weekly reports that Mary Karr and Richard Russo will replace the author in his two scheduled events.

The Lunch article included this statement from his agent, Marly Rusoff: “Conroy communicates that he is recovering from surgery, and ‘otherwise he would be at BEA, which he has always loved attending. He especially regrets being unable to sign with his daughter, Melissa Conroy, who has her first book out, in which he is a character.’”

Of Course, Why We Need A Second Sequel Is Another Story

Were you waiting with bated breath for a second sequel to Margaret Mitchell‘s iconic novel (and debut at that) GONE WITH THE WIND? Did Alexandra Ripley‘s SCARLETT heighten your anticipation sooooo much that there had to be more? Well if so, you’ll be interested in Motoko Rich‘s piece on the trials and tribulations of bringing that second sequel to print. It’s aken 12 years, three authors and one rejected manuscript, but tomorrow will be another day when RHETT BUTLER’S PEOPLE is published by St. Martin’s Press this fall. The new book, more a retelling from Rhett’s point of view, is written by Donald McCaig, a former advertising copywriter turned Virginia sheep farmer who has written well-reviewed novels about the Civil War.

When Ripley’s book did so well, a second sequel seemed a slam-dunk and St. Martin’s originally commissioned Emma Tennant to write it in 1995 with the caveat that she stay true to Mitchell’s tone, vision and characters. But her finished manuscript was rejected on the grounds it was “too British in tone”, so she was fired and legally prohibited from ever publishing her manuscript. Talks then began with Pat Conroy but his quest for editorial freedom clashed with the estate and publisher’s ideas. Four years had passed and nothing had happened until editor Hope Dellon walked into a bookstore and found one of McCaig’s novels.

Following up on a follow-up inevitably has its challenges. “I’m almost certain that there’s going to be people who really have a bone to pick with GONE WITH THE WIND who are going to take it out on this,” McCaig said. “There’s going to be adoring fans who find places where I distorted the true meaning of the original. And there’s going to be some people who think it’s a pretty good book.”

New Novel from Pat Conroy

The author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES hasn’t published a novel since 1995, so the news that a new work of fiction is forthcoming from Pat Conroy isn’t just welcome to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to whom he broke the news to promote a fund-raising appearance he’s making for a library foundation. The new novel is set in Charleston and is already nearly 700 pages, Conroy said to the AJC. “It drives me nuts. But long-windedness … there’s nothing you can do about it. I wanted to write a 250-page novel, but I realize I can’t even write a prologue that’s 250 pages.” No publication date – or a publisher, for that matter – was reported at this time.