Today in books and literature: Richard Russo is putting his money where his dislike of e-books is, another filmmaker lands a deal to write a filmable series of YA books, and 2012 has been a good year for fans of baseball books.
Pulitzer Prize winner and e-book skeptic Richard Russo has found a way to support brick-and-mortar bookstores and handsome home libraries: his upcoming short story collection, Recollections, will only be available in print. We don't necessarily agree with the sentiment that prompted the decision, but that's a nifty way of fighting the digital book menace, if you're so inclined. The collection comes out in May. [Publishers Weekly]
Twilight: New Moon director Chris Weitz is the latest filmmaker to land a deal to write -- or at least oversee the writing of -- a series for young adults. Weitz's deal is with Little, Brown and the books are apparently of the "post-apocalyptic" variety. The first installment, The Young World, is slated to arrive in the spring of 2013. [Variety]
2012 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory for baseball books, writes Barnes & Noble Review columnist Katherine Powers. One caveat: you have to enjoy books about the New York Yankees. Two of the five sparking new hardball-themed books that Powers singles out -- Harvey Araton's Driving Mr. Yogi and Damn Yankees, in which 24 sportswriting heavyweights, including Jane Leavy, Charles Pierce, and Frank DeFord, take turns cutting the Bronx Bombers down to size -- are Yankee-centric. [Barnes and Noble Review]