Cover Stories: The Bushes and Saudi royals; Hispanic writing festival; Penguin problems
Friday 02 July 2004
Let us now praise small publishers. Earlier this year, Random House pulled out of plans to publish House of Bush, House of Saud, Craig Unger's study of the cosy links between the Bushes and Saudi royals. In the US, the exposé came from Scribner without much ado, but libel laws differ here. This week, however, the eclectic Gibson Square Books - set up by Martin Rynja, a refugee from Duckworth - announced that it would publish the book. Its edition will appear just as Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 - in which Unger appears - hits UK cinema screens this month.
* This weekend, the South Bank Centre in London hosts a literary fiesta to celebrate Hispanic writing: "Escrito en Español", organised with the Instituto Cervantes. Authors include the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winner Javier Cercas and award-winning firebrand Angela Vallvey. Events kick off at noon each day in the Voice Box; box office 08703 800 400.
* Pick up a Penguin? It's getting tricky, since the big bird left its Harmondsworth distribution centre and went to a spanking new warehouse in Rugby. Only problem is, the computer systems don't work properly, so the group is having a hard time fulfilling orders. Booksellers are going out of stock and are unable to replenish, with backlist titles a particular problem.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 4 Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda': Singer finally releases predictable video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Laughs go global as Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran bring international comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe
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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women