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Veteran Book Reviewer Carolyn See is Retiring

carolynseeBook reviewer Carolyn See is retiring from her post writing book reviews for The Washington Post‘s Book World section.

The 80-year old is the author of five novels herself and has been writing book reviews for decades. Ron Charles, the fiction editor of The Washington Post, penned a tribute to See, announcing her retirement. Here is an excerpt:

Every few months, she’d weary of e-mail, and I’d hear her soft, laughter-filled voice on the phone: “Hello, Sweetums.” In a moment, we’d drift away from books, and she’d be regaling me with another unbelievable story about the Life and Times of Carolyn See. Even the harrowing ones were always — in her telling – hilarious. It was like getting my own personal update on her celebrated 1995 memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America.” I’m hoping our phone conversations continue for a long time, but her reviews in The Post, alas, have come to an end.

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How Will Anne Rice Spend Valentine’s Day?

Ever wonder what Anne Rice does to celebrate this romantic holiday?

Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles asked a group of bestselling novelists how they will spend Valentine’s Day. Here’s Interview with a Vampire author Anne Rice‘s contribution:

I’m having a special dinner at home to avoid the Valentine crowds in local restaurants. Filet roast with potatoes and carrots. Just me and my little family. We do feel the holiday. And like all holidays, it causes me to reflect on my life and how much I love it, and how thankful I am for the great love affair I had with my husband for 41 years. He died in 2002. We’ll be toasting Stan Rice.

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How Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter’s Vine

Twitter introduced Vine last week, a way to quickly shoot, save and share six-second videos with your friends on Twitter.

Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles used Vine to create six-second book reviews, by far my favorite use of Twitter’s new tool.

Below, we’ve embedded vines that show how editors, authors and readers used the new tool. The official Vine blog also shares other innovative uses of the service.

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Thomas Pynchon to Publish New Novel

 

Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles broke the news today that novelist Thomas Pynchon will publish a new novel called Bleeding Edge this fall with Penguin Press.

We have reached out to Penguin Press for comment and will update this post as the story evolves. In a recent New York Times interview, director Paul Thomas Anderson revealed his work on an adaptation of Pynchon’s most recent novel, Inherent Vice.

Check it out: “The book is a stoner private-eye saga, and Mr. Anderson has found an invaluable “research bible,” he said, in the underground comic strip the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. This is the first authorized adaptation of a Pynchon work, which suggests that Mr. Pynchon, famously reclusive, is cooperating in some fashion. But Mr. Anderson, a fan of that author since his teenage years, declined to speak on the record about him and seemed loath even to utter his name.”

 

Gary Shteyngart Gets Book Blurb Documentary

Journalist Edward Champion has released “Shteyngart Blurbs,” a short documentary looking at the life and book blurbs of Gary Shteyngart (along with the history of blurbs).

We’ve embedded the complete film above, including cameos from some great writers, Jacob Silverman‘s cat and the Totally Hip Book reviewer. Check out The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart Tumblr to read some of his work.

Here’s more about the film: “Narrated by Jonathan Ames, this fifteen minute documentary investigates Gary Shteyngart’s prolific book blurbing, talking with the the many authors who have been blurbed by Gary, book critics, journalists, editors, book jacket designers, and even the man who created a Tumblr devoted to Shteyngart’s blurbs. Features Ron Charles, A.J. Jacobs, A.M. Homes, Molly Ringwald, Karen Russell, Dinaw Mengestu, and many more! (Music licensed through Friendly Music.)”

Celebrities Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James became the first author to be named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year.

Many members of the publishing community, such as Washinton Post fiction editor Ron Charles, have shared their opinions about this announcement. Celebrities have also weighed in on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

As rumors continue to circulate about a film adaptation, we’ve rounded-up four videos featuring celebrities reading the book.

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Totally Hip Book Reviewer Returns for E.L. James Video

Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles poked fun at Publishers Weekly‘s decision to name E.L. James as their “Publishing Person of the Year” for her bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Above, we’ve embedded Charles’ full short film project–what do you think?

Charles made headlines in 2010 for his Totally Hip Book Reviewer video series.

David Guterson Wins 2011 Bad Sex in Literature Award

David Guterson has won the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex in Literature Award for his novel, Ed King. The shortlist included books by Lee Child, Haruki Murakami and James Frey.

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles actually predicted the win in his review of the novel in early November.

Here’s more from Charles’ review: “I wouldn’t blame you for skipping this book entirely, but if you must, turn to page 236. What follows are three pages that might very well win the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex Award, including my personal ‘ick’ moment: ‘Ed smelled vulnerably digestive.’”

Ron Charles: ‘I Am Not a Witch … I Am a Book Critic’

Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles‘ dressed in drag to record a parody video this week (embedded above), confessing: ‘I am not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I am a book critic.”

The video poked fun at a campaign video from former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. In her new memoir, Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again, O’Donnell admitted that her “I am not a witch” ad was not a good move during the 2010 Senate election in Delaware.

Charles made headlines last year for his Totally Hip Book Reviewer video series.

Washington Post Shuffles Books Staff Leadership

The Washington Post has shuffled the leadership at the Book World section. Poynter has posted a memo about the changes from executive editor Marcus Brauchli.

Here’s an excerpt from the memo: “Our books staff, ably led for the past two and a half years by Rachel Shea, will now report into the sections where their reviews run. Non-fiction editor Steve Levingston will report to Outlook, which publishes non-fiction reviews, and fiction editor Ron Charles, and the rest of Book World’s assistant editors, will report to Style, which hosts most fiction coverage and reviews. The assistant editors will support both fiction and non-fiction reviews and coverage. This approach will allow tighter and smarter integration of our books coverage with the host sections, in print and online. We’re not trimming coverage; we will publish the same number of reviews, in the same places where readers are accustomed to finding them.”

When asked if Shea would be cut, the executive editor told Publishers Weekly that “he is not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.” (Via Jennifer Howard)

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