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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

PLAGIARISM v1.0

The blog-o-sphere is abuzz with news that Wired editor Chris Anderson was called out last week by the Virginia Quarterly Review for apparently plagiarising Wikipedia content in his new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price.

PLAGIARISM v2.0

The Associated Press reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of “The View,” is being sued for plagiarising content from Susan Hassett's self-published cookbook, Living With Celiac Disease, which Hasselbeck allegedly used in her own NTYs bestselling cookbook The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.

PLAGIARISM v3.0

Not to be left out, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been accused of plagiarism by the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, which alleges that "Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has similarities to Jacobs' The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1 Livid Land." The Independent reports that Rowling's publisher says it's all hogwarts...er, I mean hogwash.

DUST, ANYONE?

If, like me, you are a fan of "Little Britain" (their vomiting reactionary leaves me gasping) you'll be delighted to learn that you can now read a profile of David Walliams (he's the tall one) and listen to him reading his new book, The Boy in the Dress, on the London Times website.

HERZOG

The LA Times informs us that the utterly fascinating and singular film director Werner Herzog has released a new book titled Conquest of the Useless: Reflections From the Making of "Fitzcarraldo". It is the diary he kept while making that film, in which a real steamship was transported over a real mountain by a real crew, some of whom really died in the process. Fascinating man. Fascinating movie. No doubt a fascinating book.

Don't TSA me bro!

Cory Doctorow reports that: "Comics writer Mark Sable was detained and intensively questioned by the TSA for carrying a script for an upcoming comic book about a writer who is detained and intensively questioned by the TSA for writing a comic about terrorism." (The TSA is the American Transportation Security Administration.)

COMICS, THEY'RE NOT JUST FOR ADULTS ANYMORE

In a radical move, comics publisher D&Q has announced the launch of a children's imprint. Yes, comics for children! What's next, Depends for babies? The imprint is called ENFANT and the first book is about good old Moomin.

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Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

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