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It's not officially released until next week, but already American investigative reporter Joe McGinniss's long-awaited takedown of the pride of Alaska is itself being taken down.
Going Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin received a withering pre-publication review in the New York Times earlier this week by prominent critic Janet Maslin.
Maslin says most of the book is "dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access."
"The Rogue makes the Palins' widely publicized anger understandable," she says, "even to readers who might have defended his right to set up shop in their neighbourhood and soak up the local colour."
Meanwhile, cartoonist Gary Trudeau has been having sport with the McGinniss's efforts in his Doonesbury strip this week.
McGinniss made headlines in 2010 when he moved into a house next door to the Palins in Wasilla to research his book. He had his first bestseller in 1968, The Selling of a President, about the marketing effort to get Richard Nixon elected.
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New virtual library and social-networking website Canadian Bookshelf, from the Association of Canadian Publishers, will soon offer a rich database of book titles available for film and television adaptations, reports Canadian literary trade magazine Quill & Quire.
ECW Press co-publisher David Caron, who has long pushed for such an initiative and now sits on the CB steering committee, told Q&Q that ECW sees an opportunity to build a permanent database, where film and television producers could search for material based on their own personalized, detailed criteria.
Companies will pay a flat $80 fee for each title listed (discounted to $60 until the website officially launches this fall) on its Books to Screen page, where they can find information such as a title's genre, characters, and available rights.
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Two American authors revealed that a literary agent told them to "straighten" a gay character in their post-apocalyptic young adult novel if they wished to be represented.
Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, co-authors of the novel Stranger, openly wrote on U.S. trade magazine Publisher's Weekly blog Genreville that they were approached by an agent from a "major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre" as their book.
"The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation," the authors continued.
Stranger includes the viewpoint of a young gay male as one of its five main characters.
This comes months after popular American author Jessica Verday (The Hollow) announced on her blog in March that she'd pulled out of the young adult anthology Wicked Pretty Things after being told by her editor that the publisher would not accept her story featuring two boys in love.
Brown and Smith have likewise refused to "straighten" their character. They also suggested in their post that editors and agents open to queer characters make it clear.
Tuxedo community correspondent
Kenton Smith is a community correspondent for Tuxedo.
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