The week in writing

As a new feature we are planning on writing a short post each Tuesday morning detailing all the book related news of the past week. Interviews, poems, articles and anything related to reading, writing and authors will be posted. We kick things off a bit late this week

Interview with Arundhati Roy
The New Internationalist speaks with the author of The God Of Small Things and “she offers her take on market-friendly democracy, people power and the wealth that is fed by people’s lives.”

Maurice Sendak speaks about his new book
Maurice Sendak, the writer and illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are, speaks with The Atlantic about Bumble-Ardy, the first book he has written and illustrated in thirty years. See also, you can listen to an interview with Sendak on NPR.

Neil Young is writing an autobiography
Musician Neil Young’s autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, is expected in early 2012.

Salman Rushdie joins Twitter
As we’ve previously noted, author Salman Rushdie has joined Twitter. The author has indicated that he will attempt to write a story using the service. Note, he is now using the username @SalmanRushdie. He is also blogging on Tumblr.

Bad sex in fiction
The Guardian wonders why it is so hard to write sex well and notes: Flaubert once bet some friends that he could make love to a woman, smoke a cigar, and write a letter at the same time. He won, as they looked on in admiration.

Great travel writers discuss their favourite travel books
The Guardian have great travel writers, including Paul Theroux and William Dalrymple, discussing the travel books that most influenced them.

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