Book news: David Foster Wallace, Christopher Hitchens and more
Tuesday night David Foster Wallace will be remembered with a reading in Austin, Texas, where his papers -- including annotated books -- are being opened to the public at the Harry Ransom Center. The reading, which will include authors Jake Silverstein and Elizabeth Crane, will be available online about 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Cinefamily screens "The Naked Ape," the Playboy-financed 1973 screen adaptation of Desmond Morris' bestselling science book. The revival house describes the film, which is not on DVD, this way: "This beautifully objective, groundbreaking scientific work was made into some kind of '70s soft-core Jimmy-Webb-scored Victoria Principal vehicle, complete with groovy animated interludes."
On Friday, Oprah will announce her new book club selection, live on her television show.
The highly quotable Christopher Hitchens in Alabama on Sept 7: "Well, I'm dying, since you asked. So are you, but I'm doing it faster and in more rich and fecund detail."
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: David Foster Wallace's notes in his copy of Don Delillo's "Ratner's Star." Credit: Harry Ransom Center.