Today in books and publishing: Only 2,000 copies of Pippa Middleton's party planning book were sold; a bookish beef comes to a close; National Book Awards are in full swing.
No one bought Pippa Middleton's Celebrate. In its first week on shelves, Pippa Middleton's widely mocked, dearly purchased party planning guide Celebrate only pushed 2,000 units. So we're guessing only British royals and maybe a few of their servants bought copies. In the UK, it's currently way down at No. 177 on the Amazon best-sellers list, and American readers are even less interested (the book holds Amazon's No. 303 position stateside). Apparently not too many readers think tips like "Because of their size, turkeys are perfect for feeding larger gatherings" are worth £25 ($40 in Yank money). [Business Insider]
John le Carré and Salman Rushdie quit beefing. The literary world's Biggie/Tupac-level feud has at last come to a peaceful end. Fifteen years ago, Salman Rushdie called British spy novelist John le Carré a "pompous ass," to which le Carré flung the accusation that Rushdie was guilty of "self-canonisation." The bickering goes back to 1997, when le Carré wrote of Rushdie's controversial, fatwa-inciting novel The Satanic Verses, "My position was that there is no law in life or nature that says great religions may be insulted with impunity." Rushdie fired back, and Christopher Hitchens had his back. Petty insults continued to fly for a long while, until just recently. Rushdie said at a talk last month that le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is "one of the great novels of postwar Britain," and le Carré said in an interview, "I admire Salman for his work and his courage, and I respect his stand." Looks like they've finally hugged it out. [The Guardian]