The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup
Greetings, Rumpusers. You might have been relieved to see me go for a bit, but you had to know you couldn’t get rid of me forever. I’m back from a life-alteringly excellent trip to Los Angeles, where I finished school, and a less awesome though somewhat relaxing trip to Orange County, the result of which won’t be discussed here (good things rarely happen in Orange County, for the record).
All in all, I missed you, Rumpus. And once again, I’ve slogged through the blogs so you don’t have to. Here’s what I found.
At The Guardian Books Blog, Chris Power says that “2009 was the year of the short story.”
In response to an Amazon press release stating that more e-books were sold than hardcovers, Carolyn Kellogg notes (through Galleycat) that 64 of the top 100 “best-selling” Kindle books are free.
People are mad at Narrative Magazine. (via)
Guenter Grass was spied on by the Stasi (via), while Betsy Blair had her problems with the FBI (via) .
Maud points us to Louisa May Alcott’s “hospital sketches” from the Civil War, as well as this story at NPR on a movie about Alcott’s kind of extreme life.
Book sales in 2009 were a disas… wait, what’d you say? (via)