Weekly Wire

Volume I, Issue 35
February 2 - February 9, 1998

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Storm Trooper
Watching Sebastian Junger ride the wave of "The Perfect Storm." [2]
Sam Jemielity

In Person
Anita Shreve, author of "The Weight of Water," talks calmly about murder. [3]
Barbara Strickland

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In Martin Amis's "Night Train," the author climbs aboard the criminal mind and produces -- of all things -- a crime novel. [4]
Chris Wright

Oliver Twisted
In "Jack Maggs," Peter Carey gets even with Charles Dickens. [5]
Peter Keough

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Tracking the Races
McPherson ponders an ethnically divided America; Plattner watches the ponies run. [6]
Leonard Gill and James Busbee

Paperback Tiger
"Eastern Standard Time" is a thoughtful and cohesive look at how cultures borrow from each other. [7]
James DiGiovanna

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hoa, I think we've got a love connection here. Check this out: First there's an interview with Sebastian Junger, a People magazine "Sexiest Man" honoree whose non-fiction novel, "The Perfect Storm," examines the mysterious disappearance of a six-man boat. Junger has many interesting comments about his book and his profession, and at the end of it all he says, "I'm always going to write about people on the edge of something."

Then there's this interview with Anita Shreve, whose fictional "The Weight of the Water" juxtaposes an ancient murder with a woman's real-life hostility over her husband's cheatin' heart. "I'm just really fascinated with how ordinary people react to extreme situations," she says. Let's see: both write books about storms and water, mysterious deaths, extreme situations.... Do you not see the possibilities for romance here?

I'm willing to bet my whole library that, if Shreve were on "The Dating Game" and her three choices were Junger, Martin Amis (whose new novel "Night Train" is a noirish mystery), and Peter Carey (whose "Jack Maggs" pays twisted tribute to Charles Dickens), she'd go for Junger like that. Any takers?

Book Festival

Northern Arizona Book Festival
Feeling multicultural? Then be sure to check in with the phenomenal and varied group of authors meeting at this free conference February 6 through 8. Presented by Weekly Wire, the festival includes dozens of the most respected names in literature. Don't miss it!

Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [8]

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