On the Web: A literary marriage, a writer's lessons and more book news
The New Republic's literary section, the Book, has new book reviews -- Tuesday, Nancy Lusignan Schultz's "Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City" is reviewed by Michael Sean Winters -- as well as a trove of old treasures, including pieces on Jorge Luis Borges and Langston Hughes. They dug up this television interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on "The Dinah Shore Show," done upon the release of "Network." "The point I was really trying to say is how I feel about the world around me right now," Chayefsky says. "That's what all writers do. They write about themselves."
Larry McMurtry, 75, author of "Lonesome Dove" and "The Last Picture Show," has tied the knot with Faye Kesey, widow of Ken Kesey, who wrote "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" before heading up his Merry Pranksters. The two were married in Texas in April; blogger Levi Asher at Literary Kicks shares photos of the happy couple.
The annual conference of the American Library Assn. conference opened Friday in New Orleans. Publishers Weekly has a report on the kickoff, which included the announcement of a new $300,000 Gates Foundation scholarship program to foster diversity in the library profession and a keynote speech from Dan Savage, who sparked the "It Gets Better" viral video campaign with his husband, Terry Miller. The "It Gets Better" book came out in March.
The New York Times has launched a new column in its Sunday book section focusing on literature and technology. The first installment of "The Mechanic Muse" column is by Kathryn Schulz about the Stanford Literary Lab and mapping what to read outside of your comfort zone.
-- Carolyn Kellogg