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We’ll have a lot more Sonia for you next week, but here’s a lovely review of My Beloved World (via the Washington Post) to tide you over for the weekend. 


June 16, 2011.

“It’s your heart,” says the gastroenterologist after performing an endoscopy on me.

I am surprised: “Not my stomach?”

Open Heart (Knopf, December 2012) is Elie Wiesel’s reflection on eighty-two years of writing, teaching, marriage, family, despair, and hope. 

Can’t wait for his collaboration with the POTUS. :)


Verlyn Klinkenborg’s book of writing advice, Several Short Sentences About Writing, goes on sale in August.

More Ray Bradbury!


Read the full article “Letters in Knopf archive show challenges Ray Bradbury faced early in his career”

After being rejected by Alfred A. Knopf, Ray Bradbury’s first novel, “Dark Carnival,” was published by Arkham House, a press associated with H.P. Lovecraft and his circle of fellow science fiction writers. “Dark Carnival” was printed as a limited edition of only 3,000 copies, making first editions of the novel some of the most rare books in the history of sci-fi literature. Ellery Queen book collection.

The Ransom Center’s copy of “Dark Carnival” is inscribed by Bradbury to Frederic Dannay, who wrote mystery novels under the pseudonym Ellery Queen. Dannay was an early supporter of Bradbury, as well as an avid book collector, and multiple copies of Bradbury’s works are found in the extensive Ellery Queen book collection at the Ransom Center.

“Fahrenheit 451,” Bradbury’s most successful novel, tells the story of futuristic firemen who burn books, believing that printed words fill citizens with contradictory values and threatening ideas. Since its publication the book has been discussed as Bradbury’s most pointed attack on censorship, anti-intellectualism, mass culture, totalitarianism, and the McCarthyism of the 1950s.

Bradbury inscribed this first edition of “Fahrenheit 451” to Rita Smith, a New York fiction editor who was also the sister of Carson McCullers. In the 1940s Smith was an editor at “Mademoiselle” magazine. A young staff member, Truman Capote, found one of Bradbury’s short stories in the magazine’s slush pile of submissions and recommended it to Smith, who advocated its publication and became a lifelong friend of Bradbury’s.

Though rejected by the firm Alfred A. Knopf early in his career, Bradbury would become one of the publishing house’s highly valued authors in the 1970s. In this letter to his editor Nancy Nicholas, Bradbury, who was working on his autobiography “Dandelion Wine,” included a picture of himself at the age of three. He jocularly describes the photograph as “beautifully serious, as if the young writer had just been disturbed in the midst of some creative activity.” The Ransom Center’s Alfred A. Knopf archive houses extensive correspondence between Bradbury and editors at Knopf, as well as the original reader’s report that encouraged rejecting Bradbury’s work in 1948. Alfred A. Knopf collection.

A photograph of Ray Bradbury, age three. Bradbury spent most of his childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, a small community on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Waukegan became the model for the “Green Town” that was the setting for many of his stories. As a boy Bradbury enjoyed fairy tales, horror movies, traveling carnivals, and visiting the local public library, and aspects of each of these interests would influence his later books and characters. Alfred A. Knopf collection.

François Truffaut, Julie Christie, and Oskar Werner on the set of “Fahrenheit 451” (1966). Lewis Allen collection.


Saddened by news of Ray Bradbury’s passing. His books comprised some of the sterling moments in Knopf’s publishing history. A brilliant author, a tireless advocate for books, and a big-hearted man.



Murakami’s 1Q84 Manuscript at the Knopf offices!

Looks about right.


Joe Biden’s public support of same-sex marriage is just one of several recent high-profile endorsements. This fall, Knopf will publish a religious argument for same-sex marriage by Gene Robinson, the Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church and the first openly gay person elected to the historic episcopate. Find out more about God Believes in Love.



Check out our map of the Dystopian Universe, a collection of the most memorable apocalyptic futures and digital wastelands ever put in print. Blow it up to full size and explore, you might never come back. 

Great list. Did they miss anything?


Behold! Our boxes of World Book Night Afternoon books have arrived. If you will be in New York City next Monday, April 23rd, your pals from Knopf Doubleday will be giving away armfuls of free paperbacks starting around 12:30pm at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park. Really good free paperbacks. The only catch? You have to read them, or at least pass them on to someone who will.



Wallpaper version of Cory Schmitz’ alternate 1Q84 cover.

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Desktop art!