Saturday, February 17, 2007

This Week in Reading Feb. 18 - Feb. 24

What authors, editors, and publishers go through just to get reading material out there is fascinating, oft times amusing, as in this delightful tome by the wry cartoonist, Edward Gorey: The Unstrung Harp, or, Mr. Earbrass writes a novel.

Women’s experiences and recollections from different times, places, and social conditions also appear prominently in this week’s list of author birthdays.

This week’s question: Which author has had four books on the reading list for Oprah’s Book Club, surpassing others on the list? Which other author, born this week, has a book on the list?

Answer to last week’s question: France’s Georges Simenon sold over 500 million copies of his Inspector Maigret mystery series in the Twentieth Century. However, it has also been estimated that Agatha Christie's books sold over two billion copies in various languages around the world. Neither, though, has outsold the Bible. There is actually no exact way to tell.

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