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December 4, 2009 Facebook Page Roundups for the Week of November 30th

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Here's a roundup of all the content from our Facebook page. We update the page all day, every day with interesting nuggets from the world of books. Thanks to all who comment and it's always fun to see the discussion threads. Not on Facebook, or a fan of the site? You can change that here.

Greg Mortenson has started making the rounds for STONES INTO SCHOOLS, his follow-up to the his inspiring bestseller THREE CUPS OF TEA. He started his media tour with a podcast on the Diane Rehm show, which you can stream here.

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie (2007, Young Adult prize for THE ABSOLUTE TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN) took a decisive, controversial stance on e-readers on a recent segment of The Colbert Report.

Great, great, great little article about authors 'owning their territories.' Some great authors who are linked to the regions they write about. Just a fun, quick read.

Mary Karr's memoir LIT was chosen as one of the New York Times best 10 books of 2009, which is impressive as they only select 5 fiction, 5 nonfiction. We're featuring an interview with Mary on, which you can check out here.

Speaking of 'Best Of' lists, they're coming out fast furious, and sparking some GREAT dicussions on the Facebook page. Here are some to check out, with plenty more on the way as the year ends.
* Amazon editor and reader picks
* The NYT book reviewers' top 10s
* The NYT 100 notable books
* Toronto Globe Mail's Top 100
As always, we'd love to hear what you think about the lists: Did your favorites make? Any they missed? Bad choices? Good choices?

Living legend Cormac McCarthy is auctioning off the typewriter he's used for more than 40 years, written millions of words on, and novels including NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE ROAD, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, and so on. The replacement? The same model for $11.

Neil Gaiman and David Sedaris were on NPR earlier this week talking audiobooks, and they would know. Their adaptations are the best.

So what really killed Jane Austen?

After the success of JULIE & JULIA, Julie Powell returns to the kitchen with CLEAVING. Check out this fun article and even funnier video of Julie from USA Today.

We posted this last week, but it bears mentioning again because it's such a cool feature. Penguin has enlisted its roster of authors to name the titles they want to give and what they hope to get. Some great choices, among them our own Shannon McKenna Schmidt, whose title NOVEL DESTINATIONS: LITERARY LANDMARKS FROM JANE AUSTEN'S BATH TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S KEY WEST (co-authored with Jodi Rendon) was one of Sue Monk Kidd's selections!