Tuesday, February 6, 2007

February's New Hotness

More from me: The February issue of Bookslut came out today and includes my latest column. This month's transmission includes interviews with several thriller writers including debut novelist Steven Hall discussing The Raw Shark Texts,CJ Box analyzing his squinty-eyed cowboy Joe Pickett in Free Fireand Ridley Pearson talking about Killer Weekendas well as his gigs playing bass for The Rock Bottom Remainders.

Elsewhere in the issue you can find interviews with Robert Olen Butler, Clifford Chase, Heidi Julavits, and Edmund White as well as Colleen Mondor's very thoughtful exploration of "Boys and Comics," Chris Zammarelli's roundup of banned books, and Liz Miller's crack at the Oscars.

On the subject of cross-pollination of work, it turns out that thriller writer Stuart Woods is a pilot, which enabled me to sell this feature out in the the aviation world.

In other news, Steven Hall revealed on his site that Canongate is producing a viral film to promote The Raw Shark Texts that will star none other than Tilda Swinton.

Also, The New York Times has named the latest novelist commissioned to produce a serialized work for the newspaper's weekend magazine. It's Ian Rankin, of all people, who follows in the footsteps of Elmore Leonard, Patricia Cornwall, Michael Connelly and Michael Chabon. Don't they know that this is a disrespectable genre? All them literary critics are going to get confused.

That's it. I've spent all day deconstructing a new pop culture memoir and finishing up interviews with some very serious British literary novelists including at least one Orange Prize winner and a couple more who are in serious danger of getting longlisted for the Man Booker. Time for me to unwind and find out who capped Superman.

Further bulletins as events warrant.