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Book events in and around Houston: Jan 21-26

TUESDAY (1/21)
Magnus Flyte: Writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch will discuss and sign “City of Lost Dreams,” 6:30 p.m., Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet; 713-524-8597, or toll-free 888-424-2842 or murderbooks.com.
Robert H. Gates: Former Secretary of Defense will sign “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2030 W. Gray; 713-522-8571.

WEDNESDAY (1/22)
M.A. Lawson and Robert Knott: M.A. Lawson will sign and discuss “Rosarito Beach,” and Robert Knott will discuss and sign “Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse,” 6:30 p.m., Murder By The Book.
Stephen M. Cherry: Author will discuss and sign “Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community Life,” 7 p.m., Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore. $10; $5 Members. Information: 713-496-9901 or asiasociety.org/texas.
Taylor and Teresa Byrne-Dodge: Editors of “The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston 3rd Edition” will discuss and sign their book, 7 p.m., Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet; 713-523-0701 or brazosbookstore.com.

THURSDAY (1/23)
Shantytown at MFAH: Brazos bookseller Mark Haber and Museum of Fine Arts assistant curator of Latin American art Michael Wellen will discuss Cesar Aira’s novel “Shantytown” and tour Antonio Berni’s current exhibition which, like the novel, documents the rapid industrialization of Argentina, 6 p.m., MFAH Hirsch Library, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet; 713-523-0701 or brazosbookstore.com.
Ed Scholes: Author will discuss and sign “Birds of Paradise,” 6:45 p.m., Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt. Event presented by Houston Audubon and Blue Willow Bookshop; 281-497-8675 or bluewillowbookshop.com.

FRIDAY (1/24)
Jaye Wells: Author will discuss and sign her books, including “Dirty Magic,” 6:30 p.m., Murder By the Book.

SATURDAY (1/25)
Rod Canion: Author will sign “Open: How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing,” 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1201 Lake Woodlands, The Woodlands: 281-465-8744.

SUNDAY (1/26)
Brian Beattie: Author will read and sign book for younger readers, “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase,” 2 p.m., Brazos Bookstore.

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Awards, a book sale and other literary news

Lit Life

Lots of literary events are on deck in our sodden city, and awards season has kicked off with some regional book prizes. Here’s a quick roundup of local literary news:

Pacific Northwest Book Awards

These awards, given out by independent booksellers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington., were announced in early January. The winners: “A Tale for the Time Being,”a novel by Ruth Ozeki of Whaletown, British Columbia; nonfiction by Seattle author Langdon Cook; “We Live in Water,” a story collection by Spokane’s Jess Walter; “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems,” by Robert Wrigley of Moscow, Idaho; “Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey,” a children’s book by Portland’s Emily Winfield Martin, and by Portland graphic artist Joe Sacco.

Good news for poetry lovers

Poetry Northwest, the regional poetry magazine, has received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to upgrade its website and improve the searchability of its archive, reports Poetry Northwest editor Kevin Craft. Another local winner: Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press, which received $65,000 to support the publication of e-book versions of poetry volumes.

The Winter Institute

This annual event, thrown by the American Booksellers Assoication, gathers together independent booksellers to talk books, authors and the business of books. This year it’s in Seattle, today through Friday, Jan. 20-24. If you see people weighed down by bags of books around the Westin, be kind and give good directions — they get the word out about great books and authors all over the U.S. of A.

Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Great Big Book Sale

If you love big art books but blanch at their prices, this sale sounds promising. SAM is cleaning out old inventory, and event organizers promise “Warhol, Rome, Picasso, design, Asian art, impressionism, biographies, novels, coffee table books, arts and crafts, books for kids, and how-to books” at reduced prices. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 22-26 (till 9 p.m. on Jan. 23) at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle. For more information go to seattleartmuseum.org or call 206-654-3120. If you’re a SAM member, a presale will take place Jan. 15-19; the website has details.

Seattle7 Writers Writing Conference

The Seattle7 writers group holds its fourth annual “Write Here, Write Now” conference from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N.W. in Seattle. Event organizers promise “a day of instruction, one-on-one meetings with authors, and community, but mostly, writing.” Authors on hand include Garth Stein, Claire Dederer, Laurie Frankel, Jennie Shortridge, Tara Conklin, Carol Cassella, Kevin O’Brien, Indu Sundaresan, Dave Boling, Ed Skoog, Kathleen Alcala, Stephanie Kallos, Bernadette Pajer, Thea Cooper, Clare Meeker, Katherine Malmo, Boyd Morrison, and more. Registration fee of $137 includes your charitable donation of $67 to Seattle7Writers literacy causes and also includes continental breakfast and lunch. More information and registration for the event is available at www.seattle7writers.org.

Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Literary Festival

This festival, now in its sixth year, will take place Saturday, Feb. 15. This year’s authorial lineup includes some heavy hitters as keynote speakers: Katherine Boo, who won the National Book Award for nonfiction for her 2012 book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”, and Isabel Wilkerson, who won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for her nonfiction saga of black migration out of the South, “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Follow along on the website: seattleu.edu/searchformeaning.

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or mgwinn@seattletimes.com.


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Book News: Amazon Wants To Ship Products Before You Even Buy …

An employee prepares an order at Amazon's fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif.

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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Amazon has patented “anticipatory package shipping,” a system that ships products before customers have actually bought them — based on what it predicts they will buy. The Verge explains: “Amazon plans to box and ship products it expects customers to buy preemptively, based on previous searches and purchases, wish lists, and how long the user’s cursor hovers over an item online. The company may even go so far as to load products onto trucks and have them ‘speculatively shipped to a physical address’ without having a full addressee.”
  • E. L. Doctorow tells The New York Times about his reading habits: “Sometimes I put books down that are good but that I see too well what the author is up to. As you practice your craft, you lose your innocence as a reader. That’s the one sad thing about this work.”
  • Biologist and author Lewis Wolpert has admitted using other writers’ work without attribution in two of his books. In a statement quoted in The Observer, Wolpert said: “I acknowledge that I have been guilty of including some unattributed material in my last book to be published, You’re Looking Very Well (2011) and in the initial version of my yet unpublished book Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?. This lack of attribution was totally inadvertent and due to carelessness on my part. It in no way reflects on my publishers, Faber and Faber, and I take full responsibility. When downloading material from the internet as part of my research, and coming back to it after a gap of maybe weeks or sometimes months, I simply did not recall that I had not written these passages myself.” Wolpert added that he “would never ever knowingly claim someone else’s material as my own.”

The Best Books Coming Out This Week:

  • Richard Powers’ Orfeo holds some of the most beautiful music writing you’ll ever encounter. In the book, Peter Elds, a composer who spends his evenings playing with DNA in his home lab, is suspected of bioterrorism and goes on the run. He wants “only one thing before he dies: to break free of time and hear the future.” Powers is the king of the elegantly unexpected adjective: a stillborn smile, a curt ratatouille, stark raving mod. The finale of Mozart’s Jupiter “spills out into the world like one of those African antelopes that fall from the womb, still wet with afterbirth but already running.” Powers spoke to NPR’s Audie Cornish last week: “The great beauty of being a novelist is that you can spend three or four or five years vicariously pursuing those imaginary Walter Mitty-like lives that you never got to pursue in the real world. I do have a stack of youthful compositions sitting on the bottom of my closet, so it was a great pleasure to spend these years working on this book — not just rediscovering the 20th century and this avant-garde tradition, but also to imagine myself into the life of somebody who sees and hears and feels the world through sound.”
  • The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 spans the Nobel laureate’s long career, from 25 Poems, which he published as a teenager, to his latest collection, White Egrets. The collection is edited by the poet Glyn Maxwell, who once wrote of Walcott’s poetry: “The verse is constantly trembling with a sense of the body in time, the self slung across metre, whether metre is steps, or nights, or breath, whether lines are days, or years, or tides.” Walcott is at his greatest when he writes about the sea — which he does constantly — as in a section from The Prodigal:

“When we were boys coming home from the beach,

it used to be such a thing! The body would be singing

with salt, the sunlight hummed through the skin

and a fierce thirst made iced water

a gasping benediction, and in the plated heat,

stones scorched the soles, and the cored dove hid

in the heat-limp leaves, and we left the sand

to its mutterings, and the long, cool canoes.”

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