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Sexy Thursday book news

August 21, 2008 |  2:09 pm

Hotdatepaperback0821 Publisher Penguin wants to hook you up, if you're in the U.K., that is. It's gone into partnership with Match.com on a new website to turn book lovers into, well, lovers. (via)

What's the new sexy in punctuation? Semicolons. Or at least, I'm with John Irving, who's unapologetically fond of them; others find them odious.

As reported by The Book Bench: the word "twit" will replace a very similar, anatomical swear word in a British YA novel by Jacqueline Wilson. Oh frak!

Author Dennis Cooper visits a spa in the Swiss village of Val, but it doesn't really turn him on: "Anyway, it's very relaxing. You sort of have to relax here because you'd get really bored if you didn't."

Sounds almost like a wedding: Next Saturday, Aug. 30 is the official grand opening of Skylight Books' expansion into a second space at 1814 N. Vermont in Los Feliz. To celebrate, everything in both locations will be on sale at 18.14 percent off; they'll also provide free music, cake and Champagne.

The book trailer for Brad Meltzer's upcoming thriller "The Book of Lies," which has Joss Whedon AND Christopher Hitchens, is hot  hot, due in part to savvy publicists.

Not so hot for Steinbeck's heirs: A Federal Appeals Court has overturned a 2006 ruling in favor of Steinbeck's son and daughter, giving rights to his work back to publisher Penguin.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

vintage book cover courtesy digbygraham on Flickr

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