IN THE BOOK CORNER
When I read about this at Grumpy Old Bookman, I told DogMan and he ordered it on the spot. I didn't find it here in the US, so he ordered it from the UK:
Graze anatomy: SINCE IT WAS published in her native Germany last August, Leonie Swann’s debut novel [THREE BAGS FULL] has been a surprise bestseller there, reprinting fourteen times in a matter of months. Foreign rights sold quickly and lucratively around the world, with Anthea Bell’s witty English translation set to be joined by some 15 others in languages from Finnish to Korean. There is even talk of a film. Not bad for a detective story in which the investigators are sheep.
POSTHUMOUS HIT: BETTER late than never? Rudi Vbra, author of "I Escaped from Auschwitz," died three months ago, never knowing his book would become Britain's No. 1 bestseller. The book tells how hundreds before him had tried to escape and been captured, tortured and killed. Vbra, who was a registrar in the death camp, knew the SS procedure for capturing the runners and so was able to outfox them. Vrba brought documentation about what was happening in the camps to President Roosevelt, the pope and the British - the first proof of genocide after so much rumor. For years after the war, Vrba was a key witness at trials for Nazi war criminals. The tome is published in the United States by Barricade Books.
Valerie Plames book fails: The $2.5 million book deal that Valerie Plame Wilson, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer whose identity was publicly disclosed three years ago [after her husband bragged about his CIA agent wife], negotiated with Crown Publishing Group last month has fallen through. Ms. Wilson, who could not agree on terms with Crown, is now in exclusive negotiations with Simon & Schuster, which originally had lost an auction for the book to Crown.