Sadly, 2009 sees the passing of another Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Frank McCourt, the Irish-American teacher who shot to world-wide fame as the author of Angela’s Ashes, a biographical account of the extreme poverty and brutal living conditions of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland during the Depression, died on 19 July aged 78.
There’s an interesting story in the New York Times today…apparently the advent of reading devices such as Kindle doesn’t mean fans can’t have their favourite book signed by the author. Apparently people are now queuing at book signings with electronic versions of their favourite titles and authors have taken to signing their Kindle!
He was born in the International Settlement in Shanghai, China and later became a Japanese concentration camp internee during the war, an experience he explored in his world famous autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun (which Stephen Spielberg brought to the screen in 1987 with a very young Christian Bale playing the author as a boy).
David Cronenberg transformed his most controversial novel – Crash – into a likewise highly controversial movie in 1996.
Children With Aids Charity has listed a UK first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows signed by the author, J.K. Rowling on Celeb2nds.com. The charity was organized in 1992 to help infants and children affected by HIV/AIDS maintain a good quality of life.
On the bidding page, there are images of the signed page in the book and the letter which authenticates Ms. Rowling’s signature. Bids will be accepted until July 3, 2009. Click here to make a bid.
Tom Hanks made a recent appearance at an independent book store – Village Books in Pacific Palisades, California – in order to help raise the profile of his local book store which is struggling to stay afloat (fans will remember his role as a book chain owner hell bent on squashing Meg Ryan’s small book store in You’ve Got Mail)…
The Academy Award-winning movie star signed sets of DVDs and books related to his many successful movies.
David Grossman was in Italy recently promoting the Italian edition of Ishà borachat mibsorà which has recently been published by Mondadori under the title A un cerbiatto somiglia il mio amore (its English title is A Woman Flees the News) .
Whilst in Rome, Nicola Zingaretti president of the Province of Rome, also presented the author with the Provincia Capitale, a prize awarded annually by the province to three outstanding personalities.
What a treasure this signed book has suddenly become – Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir published in 1995 by president-elect Barack Obama before his political career began.
It also holds the distinction of earning Obama the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio book edition!