From Dear Author:
I gave her a few recommendations and when she returned from her trip, I ran her down to talk about her new reading habit. She admitted to me that both she and her husband had read and enjoyed 50 Shades and now she was totally hooked on reading. She even wanted more recommendations. This is a woman who had never read more than a magazine article before. I had to bite back a snarky remark about whether it livened up their bedroom life. I was appalled at myself. Wouldn’t I be totally offended and disgusted if someone next to me made a similar comment just based on the type of book I was reading?
Or, well, he's about to be.
John Banville, under the name Benjamin Black, is writing a new book:
This idea has been germinating for several years and I relish the prospect of setting a book in Marlowe's California, which I always think of in terms of Edward Hopper's paintings. Bay City will have a slightly surreal, or hyper-real, atmosphere that I look forward to creating.
According to a rep for CopCorp Licensing - agent for the franchise in North America - Freeze Clothing has been lined up to release a line of T-shirts, hooded jumpers and knits, while company Briefly Stated will sell loungewear, underwear and sleepwear. Brand HYP will manufacture a line of hosiery, garters and tights.