In the news

From the LA Times blog:

Major writers will gather in New York this morning to call for the release of  Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo. On Christmas Day, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week for his part in creating a document calling for greater freedoms in China.

Also according to the LA Times blog, book sales “could have been worse,” with hardcover fiction sales up 3 percent, but nonfiction sales down 7 percent. I’m not sure how that works out profit-wise, with huge discounts on preorders.

Christopher Hitchins will be in Portland on Tuesday. I wish I could be there.

Quasi’s playing a set of The Who covers tonight in Portland. I wish I could be there. I’ll have to settle for their new album on KRS in February. And hopefully they’ll tape the show and put it up on Archive.org.

The Seattle PI blog on the original inspiration for Rain Man, who could read both pages of the book at the same time and read/remembered an estimated 12,000 books before his recent passing.

NPR has a ‘Best Of ’09’ Current Affairs books list I will actually have to check out. That is as opposed to the 50 other ‘best of’ lists I will not have to check out.

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