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Stephen Fry Calls for ‘Absolute Ban’ of Olympic Games in Russia

Author and actor Stephen Fry urged Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee to impose “an absolute ban” on the Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in Russia’s Sochi next year.

“I am gay. I am a Jew,” he wrote, comparing Russia’s new anti-gay policies to Hitler’s legacy in Germany.  Here is an excerpt from his letter:

He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.” A stupid man, but like so many tyrants, one with an instinct of how to exploit a disaffected people by finding scapegoats.

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Jonathan Safran Foer on Eating Animal Products

9780316069908_94X145-1.jpgAs another Monday winds down, here are some odds and ends from the day’s publishing news…

Next week, Mary Gaitskill, Eric Bogosian, John Turturro, and others will read from stories written by inmates for PEN’s Prison Writing Program.

Author Stephen Fry defended Twitter and the Internets in a video interview about a generation of kids growing up online.

In a True Slant interview about “Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer talked about his move from vegetarianism to a vegan lifestyle: “my basic stance on the issue is, I’d say, forgiving–but still quite firm. I am transitioning to veganism, and I don’t like, run home and eat 1,000 eggs or something.”

Paul Auster talked about a time when all aspiring poets wanted to start their own magazines.

Beating the annual listmakers by a month, Amazon.com unveiled the Best Books of 2009.

Could Sebastian Faulks Be Authoring the Centenary Bond Novel?

MI6 News, devoted to news and opinion on all things spy-related, has been covering rumors and related information about the Ian Fleming Trust’s plans to publish an original Bond novel in the spring of 2008 to coincide with the centenary of the author’s birth. They’ve already ruled out Stephen Fry, Frederick Forsyth, John Gardner, Lee Child, John le Carré, Charlie Higson and Ken Follett and now focus on a new possible candidate: Sebastian Faulks.

What leads MI6 to its new conclusion? Both Faulks and the centenary novel bulletins have the same PR contact; the author of ENGELBY (which will be out in the US this fall) published PISTACHE, a 2003 collection of short literary parodies including a hilarious piece where Ian Fleming takes James Bond shopping. He has also critiqued Bond films for the British press, including a rather negative take on 1999′s “The World Is Not Enough”. No confirmation, but Faulks would be an interesting choice if the rumor does turn out to be true…

Mark Your Calendars for Harry Potter 7: July 21

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K.Rowling, the final installment in the Harry Potter series, will be published around the world in the English language on Saturday, July 21st 2007, Bloomsbury has announced. Scholastic will publish on the same date in the US, as will Raincoast Books in Canada. Bloomsbury will be publishing their children’s hardback edition (ISBN 978 0 7475 9105 4), an adult hardback edition (ISBN 978 0 7475 9106 1), as well as a special gift edition and, jointly with HNP, the audio book, read by Stephen Fry and released simultaneously for the first time. The standard hardbacks have a Recommended Retail Price of £17.99. Sale of the book in all time zones is embargoed until 00:01 BST (British Summer Time) on Saturday 21st July 2007. (So much for our January ’08 predictions…)

And of course, you know what this means for the publishing industry: LOTS OF BOOK SALES. No doubt everybody’s going to be doing some serious street-dancing today….