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Wanna be a manga editor? And more book news

March 16, 2009 |  1:47 pm


Publisher Tokyo Pop is hiring: They need a manga editor to "guide the selection, creation, development, and marketing of licensed manga products." Sounds like somebody's dream job.

The New York Times new graphic books bestseller list has three sections: hardcover, softcover and manga. Right now, Naruto from VIZ Media has a lock on the manga list, holding seven out of its 10 slots.

In other New York Times news, the paper has gathered all of its literary audio into one place. The impressive list includes the recently departed (John Updike), the long gone (E.B. White, 1952; James Baldwin, 1987) and many authors who still walk among us. Too bad they can't be downloaded as MP3s.

What can be downloaded: The New Yorker's "Out Loud" pocast, if you subscribe with iTunes. This week, Joan Acocella talks vampires: Bram Stoker's "Dracula," vampire movies, what makes vampires sexy  and telling horror stories with Lord Byron.

In what may be truly terrifying literature, the blog Largehearted Boy gets first-time novelist Will Elliott ("The Pilo Family Circus") to create a playlist to go along with his book. The tone is set by Tom Waits, Acid Bath, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Mr. Bungle; in case you can't guess, Elliott's book is about sinister clowns. 

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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