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Okay, so there still doesn't seem to be too much going on in the publishing world. However, at least this week, what little there is on offer is really interesting stuff. Paul Auster's (pictured) Brooklyn Follies, a much-lauded novel about the post-2000 election and post-September 11th United States, is being released in the UK, as is Summer Crossing, a "lost" novel by Truman Capote. We've gotta say, we find it hard to believe that a novel by someone as famous as Capote could really have been lost for all these years. What probably really happened was that it wasn't a very good novel, and Capote knew it and thus never really shopped it around to the publishers. But now that Capote is dead and his name is so famous, the publishers figured they could make a quick buck off a mediocre novel just because he happened to write it. That said, we still want to read it, suckers that we are. So our advice this week? Stay home and catch up on your reading list, cause there ain't much happening out and about in literary London.
Events Around London:
The Book Now! Festival is underway in Richmond this month, through the 20th. Anyone whose attended any of the events there, please leave your opinion about it in the comments!
On Thursday (the 17th), poet Roger McGough stop by Foyle's to celebrate the launch of his autobiography, Said and Done. It's not every day that people care enough about a poet to enable him to write an autobiography, so we think this is an event worth celebrating, indeed. 113-119 Charing Cross Road. 6:30pm. £5/£4 Concessions.
On Monday (the 21st), Bernardine Evaristo and John Fuller appear together at Somerset House to discuss the difference between poetry and prose. Snore. Somerset House, The Strand. 7pm. £5 suggested contribution.
The Brooklyn Follies, by Paul Auster
Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote
Indecision, by Benjamin Kunkel
The Painted Kiss, by Elizabeth Hickey
We're still looking for updates from small presses and lit journals — email us!!!