Book Links: Lazy authors, Catcher’s relevance, and Flowers in the Attic

The weird world of book signing:
Now, though, an American publisher is short-circuiting the process. His company has posted an advertisement on Craigslist, the internet listing site, asking for 14 volunteers who can fake the signatures of two big-name authors of a forthcoming book; each successful applicant will be paid $25 for every 200 books signed. “You will need,” reads the advert, “to be able to copy the look and style of both authors’ signatures.” It must be some book: the ersatz signings are scheduled to last 16 hours: with 14 people signing at a rate of four books per minute, that suggests more than 50,000 copies will be processed. {via}

Today Bookslut points us to an essay by Anne Trubek on whether Catcher in the Rye is still relevant to high school students and she offers up a revised syllabus.

I’m a big, big fan of Lizzie Skurnick’s Fine Lines column for Jezebel, and her review of Flowers in the Attic is spot on and makes me want to read that book all over again.

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