Critical Linking: January 11th, 2013

60% of ebook readers are under 45 years old.

Not a surprise.

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For all our new neighbors, Washington Post editors and critics have prepared an eclectic list of books to help introduce the capital.

This is interesting, if you can stomach the slideshow.

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Random House saw sales of e-books over the Christmas week exceed 420,000 units worldwide, up 13% on the previous year.

I wonder if Christmas being in the middle of the week affects these numbers at all.

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Mathis has been forthright about her influences. Marilynne Robinson was her mentor at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop (and like Robinson, she knows how to shape a scene to hit the emotional jugular). Morrison’s “Beloved,” she says, was her “manual.” With its historic sweep and focus on an African American mother faced with brutal choices, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” bears some resemblance to “Beloved.”

Not sure if I’ve ever been sold on trying an author just by their stated influences, though this would do it. You?

 

 

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