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In books: Will there be furry Wild Things on shelves this fall?

June 17, 2009 |  7:46 pm


Will there really be a fur-covered edition of "The Wild Things"? It's a 300-page book for kids aged 9 to 12, penned by Dave Eggers, based on both the Maurice Sendak book "Where the Wild Things Are" and the upcoming Spike Jonze film. Yeah, it's convoluted. But will it be convoluted in fur?

The New Yorker's Book Bench is looking forward to "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies" from Indiana University Press. Will PhD students take all the joy out of the Dude?

Janet Evanovich, whose 15th Stephanie Plum novel "Finger Lickin' Fifteen" hits shelves next week, answers readers' questions at Time.com. "I think that the e-book is here to stay. I think it's fabulous. Can you imagine kids? No more backpacks full of heavy books. But what happens when I go on book tour if all we have are e-books? What do I sign? Body parts?"

New York magazine is having a sort-of-celebrity online book club with Sam Anderson (the magazine's book critic), David Rees (Get Your War On), Virginia Heffernan (N.Y. Times media critic), Charlie Todd (founder, Improv Everywhere) and Anil Dash (VP of Six Apart and "legendary proto-blogger"). They're all discussing "And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in a Viral Culture" by Bill Wasik, and anyone, celebrity status notwithstanding, can read along and comment too.

Works by Nicholson Baker, Alexander Pope, Italo Calvino, Tom Bissell and many others were left out for intrepid garbage fairy Garth Risk Halberg to rescue from destruction. The books he's pulled from the stoops and curbs of New York make for an admirable collection and raises a question. What books did the owners decide to keep, if these were their throwaways?

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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