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Stieg Larsson & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Edited

Over at Conjugate Visits, author June Casagrande shared how she would have edited Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest if the manuscript had hit her desk first.

Here’s an excerpt from the edited manuscript, with Casagrande’s notes in caps: “Dr. Jonasson was woken by a nurse five minutes before the helicopter was expected to land. (PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO START WITH TWO PASSIVES IN THE VERY FIRST SENTENCE. PLS REVISE.) It was just before 1:30 in the morning. “What? he said (ASKED?), confused. (IS THERE SOME SIMPLE WAY TO SHOW HIS CONFUSION?) “Rescue Service helicopter coming in. Two patients. An injured man and a younger woman. The woman has gunshot wounds.” “All right,” Jonasson said wearily. (HAVING HIM SAY “ALL RIGHT” SEEMS UNNECESSARY. WOULD IT BE MORE INTERESTING TO SAY WHAT HE DID RATHER THAN WHAT HE SAID AND HOW HE SAID IT?)”

What do you think? Could Larsson have used a better editor? Or should we stop criticizing his bestselling prose? Thanks to Laura Miller for the link.

Seven Stories Press Acquires Memoir by Stieg Larsson’s Partner

Eva Gabrielsson spent 30 years as novelist Stieg Larsson‘s life partner. Now Seven Stories Press has acquired the North American rights to her memoir about their lives together. Linda Coverdale will translate.

Here’s more from the release: “Gabrielsson describes their activism and deep political passion, their struggle to keep Stieg’s magazine Expo going, their early lives, as well as the seemingly mundane details that make a life: their love of coffee and Stockholm cafes, etc. … The book also includes never-before-seen photographs and letters.”

The book is currently untitled. While Swedish, French, and Norwegian editions will arrive in January 2011, the English market will have to wait until June 2011. In a 2009 interview with Publishing Perspectives, Gabrielsson mentioned a memoir tentatively titled The Year After Stieg.

Book Spy Sees What You Read on the Subway

Ever feel like you’re being watched on public transportation? Maybe you’ve been spotted by The Book Spy.

This anonymous New York City blogger explained in a post: “Every day, I spend nearly two hours in a dank, dark box hurtling through tunnels under the ground. It is my curse, but also my blessing. In the subway I’m exposed to a culture of readers unequaled elsewhere. They flip through magazines, shuffle through print-outs, and contort their newspapers into elaborate origami folds to keep the pages from encroaching upon their neighbors. Above all they read books. Books of every shape, size, genre, and format.”

Descriptions include book title, author, MTA subway line, and a description of the reader. Some recent books spotted: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, and the Bible.

UPDATE: Julie Wilson has been documenting readers on public transportation for many years on Seen Reading.

Christopher Smith Fights Homophobic Campaign

In October, film critic Christopher Smith (pictured) self-published the thriller, Fifth Avenue. When his book cracked Amazon’s top 10 bestseller list, he faced homophobic insults and death threats in a now-deleted post on an Amazon.com discussion board.

We caught up with Smith to talk about the controversy. Our interview follows below…

UPDATE: This interview has generated criticism from a number of readers. We have collected some reader responses here.

Q: Did you expect to deal with controversy when you put Fifth Avenue out there?

A: I did ask friends about a few specific scenes in the book and wondered if I should censor myself from telling the truth in those scenes. I don’t believe in censorship, so I decided not to self-censor, especially after reading Stieg Larsson‘s books, which can be brutal.

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What to Read When You Finish the Millennium Trilogy

Thanks to the ongoing legal wars between the people Stieg Larsson left behind, readers only have three books from his bestselling series. With no fourth (or is it actually fifth) book to be published, what’s a reader to do?

Publishers Weekly reports that Random House will release a special box set with the entire Millennium series in hardcover format. The set will include an 85-page book entitled On Stieg Larsson. Contributors include his colleague Jonas Sundberg, his original Swedish editor Eva Gedin, and his friend John Henri-Holmberg.

Kurdo Baksi wrote the memoir Stieg Larsson, My Friend, which is already out in Sweden. An English translation will be available by the end of the year. An interview with The Star revealed that Larsson made Baksi a character in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Baksi noted: “That is the best thing I have done in my life. I’m very proud of that.”

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James Patterson Is Second Novelist to Sell a Million Kindle eBooks

Not to be upstaged by the Nook Color, Amazon revealed that James Patterson is the second novelist to sell more than one million Kindle books–joining the exclusive “Kindle Million Club.”

eBookNewser has more: “Back in June, The Hachette Book Group said that Patterson had sold 1.14 million eBooks across retailers … Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy, was the first author to hit the 1 million mark.

What do you think? Will Amazon reveal more Kindle statistics now that Barnes & Noble bragged that they have sold one million Nooks?

Stieg Larsson & The Miscounted Manuscript

Bestselling author Stieg Larsson‘s younger brother has confirmed there is an unfinished manuscript by the late novelist.

Joakim Larsson told the Sunday Morning: “I got the email from Stieg 10 days before he died where he wrote, ‘Book No. 4 is nearly finished.’ To make it more complicated, this book No. 4, that’s book No. 5, because he thought that was more fun to write than book No. 4.” Later in the interview, Joakim stressed again that the so-called fourth book is actually the fifth book of the series.

At the moment, Larsson’s long-time partner Eva Gabrielsson has the manuscript. The Larsson family maintains they would not publish the manuscript. Gabrielsson and the Larsson family have been legally battling overthe novelist’s estate following Larsson’s  fatal heart attack. (Via CBC News)

Two for the Road

A feature by P.E. Logan
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n107710009254196_2478.jpgAs Hurricane Franzen bears down on the coasts, no matter where you point the literary compass, and words are lashed to typewriters for deconstruction of the deeper meaning of the new novel Freedom, readers are feeling more pressure to perform intellectual feats of comprehension. Folks, it’s the last hours of summer, mere days are left until we reload the real world into our highly scheduled lives this Tuesday morning. So chill baby chill.

If you failed to read The Imperfectionists back in May or this summer’s de rigueur Stieg Larsson books, please come up from the root cellar and shake it off. Put down that TV remote and any Jersey Shore worship for these two books that will entertain you this weekend and that you can turn into some bon mots on the final days’ cocktail circuit.

As for those cultural ravens whose ids can’t help but peck at you for being under read in the Franzen category, here’s a line to drive them back to their perches: I only read Bildungsroman when it’s officially fall. Then ask the ravens to make you an Old Fashioned highball. They will be quiet for hours. And while they’re gone, sneak off to the glider on the porch and enjoy either of these books that were largely ignored this summer.

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Random House Reports “Major Increases in Revenues and Profits”

RH_Logo_Sm.jpg Bertelsmann–the corporate parent of Random House–released a positive financial report for the first half of 2010.

The report singled out Random House as a particularly successful arm of the company: “despite difficult market conditions, [Random House] significantly increased its first-half 2010 sales and operating EBIT, driven by major increases in revenues and profits from its U.S. division and rapidly rising digital sales.” In his memo about the results, Random House CEO Markus Dohle dedicated an entire paragraph to Stieg Larsson–calling the author “a cultural and commercial phenomenon.”

Here’s an excerpt from the memo, but the entire text is embedded below: “In the past half year we have really embraced digital transition throughout our companies, replacing anxieties about the format with forward thinking and with well-executed action. For this fiscal year, Random House worldwide digital sales are well on course to exceed $100 million. As our e-book sales accelerate in North America, the U.K., and Germany–and will soon start up in Spain and Latin America–we are rapidly growing our e-book publishing programs, adding newly published titles and longtime Random House authors weekly, experimenting with apps and other innovative digital formats, and implementing new digital/online marketing approaches.”

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Stieg Larsson Meets Fountains of Wayne: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Song

One extremely dedicated fan of both the indie pop group Fountains of Wayne and the Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson has created “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Song”–a loving parody.

The music video for the parody song is embedded above, complete with spoiler footage from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film (possibly NSFW).

Here’s more from Clive’s YouTube page, describing the completely rewritten song and the video: “Fountains of Wayne’s power pop classic, “Red Dragon Tattoo,” remolded to make it about Stieg Larsson’s book, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” If you’re unfamiliar with the original song, check it out on YouTube.”

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