- Chuck Palahniuk says he is working on a sequel to Fight Club, his 1996 cult novel about underground fighting matches. The sequel, which will be a “dark and messy” graphic novel series, doesn’t yet have a publisher. Palahniuk wrote in a message to his fan page: “It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.”
- James Lasdun writes about how, as a young man working at a publishing house, he turned down a manuscript written by “Jane Somers” — who unbeknownst to him was actually the Nobel laureate Doris Lessing writing under a pseudonym. Lasdun says: “None of my bosses ever criticized me for my report, but occasionally at parties people would say, in scandalized tones, “Weren’t you the reader who….” I was arrogant enough to shrug it off, but I must have felt stung at some level because, consciously or not, I reacted by setting up an untraversable barricade in my mind against Doris Lessing. I wouldn’t — couldn’t — go near her work from then on.”
- Stephen Hawking’s new memoir, My Brief History, is due out Sept. 10. According to Publisher’s Weekly, it is the first book that Hawking, who has a motor neuron disease, wrote unaided, thanks to technological advances.
- James Surowiecki argues in The New Yorker that Barnes & Noble may not be as doomed as we all think it is: “[T]he hastily written obituaries left out some important facts. To begin with, B. & N.’s retail business still makes good money, and, though its sales fell last year, its profits actually rose.”
- Jonathan Galassi, the publisher and president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, reflects on changes at the legendary publishing house: “Yes, the contemporary publishing environment is very different: disappearing bookstores, inimical trading “partners,” and a still-consolidating industry (the new Penguin Random House is set to publish more than 15,000 books next year worldwide) in a ‘mature,’ i.e., declining, market. There are too many books and readers with too little time to read, and too much competition for anything with a chance of exciting their wavering interest. Everything is different — except for publishing itself: getting hold of an amazing author, working to make his or her book the best and best-looking it can be, telling the world.”
- - After a class action grievance, a regime change, a year of renovations and buying hundreds of $8,000 workstations, state employees are finally moving into their new offices in Douglas.
- - "It really helps to have good manners because we are waking people up. The interviewers ask folks very intrusive questions about their income levels, about their history, about demographic factors, health," said Mariya Lovishchuk.
- - Alaska's health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup'ik people.
- - Aside from a lack of routing measures, the Bering Sea’s nautical charts are outdated, presenting serious safety risks to vessels of all kinds.