Here’s all the week’s book news that’s fit to repeat, in no particular order:
Large retailers are now pushing Amazon to pay state sales tax in places like Texas and California where the online retailer has vehemently refused. In Texas, Republican State Comptroller Susan Combs believes this would account for $269 million. Here’s a fun fantasy game: what do you think the state should do with the money if Amazon ever coughs it up?
The dispute between librarians and publisher HarperCollins over e-book lending raged on. HarperCollins wants to cap the number of times a single title can be checked-out at 26. The American Library Association had this response.
Borders to close 28 more stores. (This is by no means a celebratory report. It doesn’t do anyone in the book business any good to see so much physical floor space disappear, or so many people lose their jobs.)
James Frey announced he would self-publish his self-proclaimed controversial novel depicting Jesus as a Bronx-born alcoholic, and Salon’s Laura Miller had this response.
Publisher’s Weekly ran the first review of the Pale King, David Foster Wallace’s unfinished posthumous novel. (And we’ve been telling folks about the event planned for April 15th, the book’s release date, at the Harry Ransom Center where folks will read passages from the novel, followed by a reception and book sale; Wallace’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.)
Larry McMurtry will judge the Texas Observer short story contest.
Danny Devito, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White, were cast as voices for the animated version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Suzanne Collins defended casting choices for the film version of The Hunger Games.
A few awards were handed out this week: Deborah Eisenberg won the Pen/Faulkner 2011 Award for Fiction; Harlan Coben accepted the Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society; James Ellroy has been awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters.
And a few book deals were made: Al Gore will write about “the political, social and economic forces that are shaping what America and the world will become in ensuing decades”; Michelle Obama will write a book about the White House garden; Ice-T and his wife made deals to write novels; and Jermaine Jackson will write about Michael Jackson.
Stay safe this weekend. See this guy if you can.