Today in books and publishing: 96-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk gets a book deal, deconstructing Amazon's charitable ways, and a non-heartbreaking letter from David Foster Wallace to Don DeLillo.
Herman Wouk Is Back Simon & Schuster will publish a new novel by the 96-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner in the fall. Called The Lawgiver, it's apparently going to be about "a group of people filming a movie in modern times about Moses." We are very excited, because we read
Mutiny on the Bounty The Caine Mutiny for the first time this past weekend and adored it. Really, truly adored it, even though we mistyped the title initially. The ships! The conflict! The mutiny! [The New York Times]
On rereading The Guardian has a great new package in which 15 mainly British authors -- including Ian Rankin and Hilary Mantel -- contribute mini-essays about the texts they keep coming back to. Call it 'What I Re-read.' We're partial to these kind of things, obviously: but the overall effect is excellent, and it's fascinating to hear why Rankin can't quit The Big Sleep, while Geoff Dyer finds himself returning to Don DeLillo's The Names for reasons he can't quite explain. [The Guardian]