America

Quick Hits for Oct. 14: To Franzen or not to Franzen and Canada is Franzen-less

Quick Hits for Oct. 14 Just in the click of time… Shop Indie Bookstores No Freedom? No Franzen?!:  The backlash was almost immediate.  Once the National Book Award finalists were announced and the list didn’t include Franzen for the most amazing novel in American history(sic), the internet Audubon went haywire over the exclusion.  Personally, I…

Locus Solace: The Bizarre World of Harry Mathews

Theme:  International Thrillers Books weren’t much use, aside from a few novels, and who can trust a novelist?                               -Harry Mathews Harry Mathews is special.  Special because he is the first American to be featured on Salonica.  He achieved this status because he is the only American to be a member of the prestigious group,…