Tuesday, May 22, 2007

that's independent booksellers other than myself

It's a good thing Khaled (Kite Runner) Hosseini is getting some attention for his second novel. Often, writers need all the help they can get.
The Globe does it's bit here, though they focus on the British edition published through Bloomsbury and tying it into fellow Bloomsbury author J.K Rowling.
Penguin Canada has the rights here.
"Cue fanfare for Khaled Hosseini, the Kabul-born son of an Afghan diplomat who fled with his family to California in 1980 in the wake of the Soviet invasion of their homeland. Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was an international success, particularly in its paperback incarnation, and to date it's sold more than four-million copies. Indeed, sales-tracker BookNet Canada reported last week that, in 2005, it was the top-selling fiction trade paperback here and only dropped to No. 4 last year."
Nice of the Globe to put credit where it's due, noting " its sales were "a slow, simmering thing" that only started to boil after April, 2004 when the paperback was issued and began to be taken up by reading groups and independent bookstores."
Normally I'd tee off on that, but I.. uh...never read the Kite Runner.
An early review from the Washington Post is largely positive, though Hosseini is probably immune to even mixed reviews at this point.
Except for Colbert, perhaps.

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