Everyone’s still abuzz with the few leaked details about Stieg Larsson‘s fourth, unfinished novel in the Millennium Trilogy-in-an-Increasingly-Douglas-Adamsy-Sense. It’s set in Canada! It’s…okay, we know that it’s set in Canada. That’s something, anyway.
What we do know: the American version of the series’ first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, went through over 50 cover designs and multiple title changes. Check out this cool slideshow. We’re amazed at how, in such a short time, the chosen cover has come to seem so iconic. We can barely imagine the book being published with any of the rejected versions.
What about you—do you have a favorite?
It’s that time again! As with our last Larsson lark, we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away for The Girl Who Played With Fire film, at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica, CA. The movie opens July 9th, so the contest will run until the 8th. To enter, comment below with the answers to these trivia questions. (Doing Lisbeth proud by using your Googlefu is totally allowed.)
1) What is the name of Lisbeth’s twin sister?
2) At the beginning of the book, where is Lisbeth vacationing?
3) Lisbeth furnishes her new apartment from what store?
And speaking of winning: congrats to the winner of our last Guess the Book Competition, Adam Kahn of Oakland, who correctly identified the mystery book as Nick Flynn‘s The Ticking Is the Bomb. Congrats also to the winner of our Poetry Video Contest, Kat of The Internet, and to our very own Geo, whose reading of Emily Dickinson‘s “Because I could not stop for Death” was voted our readers’ favorite! Let’s keep the winning going—if you’re stumped on the above trivia questions, comment and we’ll send you a hint.
Here’s some stuff we’re keeping an eye on…
Stieg Watch! Although the fourth volume in Stieg Larsson‘s bestselling Millennium Trilogy is still caught up in the late author’s estate wars, Swedish librarians have dug up some of his early short story efforts, rejected from a sci-fi magazine when Larsson was 17. Is it okay for us to be both excited and sort of embarrassed for him? (Note to the librarians of the future: please don’t publish any of our fiction from age 17 when we die.)
Sloane Watch! Essayist Sloane Crosley‘s new collection, How Did You Get This Number, came out on Tuesday. To further amp up the excitement, she’s teamed up with name-twin Sloane Tanen, whose hilarious chicken dioramas can be found in Bitter With Baggage Seeks Same and Going For the Bronze. Tanen’s given selected scenes from How Did You Get This Number the fuzzy yellow feather treatment—check them out here!
Shirt Watch! These literary tees sure are nifty—and they support a good cause. For every shirt sold, Out of Print Clothing donates a book to Books For Africa. Hey, so now you can look good and feel good at the same time!
Saturday Watch! As in, you can come watch bestselling author Jennifer Egan read from and sign her new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, at our Brentwood store this Saturday at 3 p.m. Check out the rave review Carolyn Kellogg of Jacket Copy gave Goon Squad in the L.A. Times.
Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!
Anna in Brentwood
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
By Aimee Bender
Bender’s second novel is a whimsical concoction, seasoned with enough of the bittersweet to avoid becoming cloying. I’m so excited that she’s going to be here to sign on July 10th!
Geo in Brentwood
By Studs Terkel
My attempt to understand the different class relationships in this country. Terkel’s illuminating oral history presents a variety of voices from all walks of life.
Karen in Oakland
By Jo Nesbo
Nesbo is a musician, economist, and mystery writer who’s really hot in Sweden right now. This is the perfect follow up to Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy.
Margaret in Oakland
By David Lodge
From the absolutely hilarious cocktail scene that opens the book, Lodge’s latest novel is hysterical, especially for people of “a certain age.” David Lodge has never written a bad book.
Miles in Malibu
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
By Oliver Sacks
Case studies from Sacks’ work as a neurologist, which cover everything from savantism to synesthesia. I’m learning about all kinds of things I didn’t think were possible!
The Beeb has a good summary of some of the rumors/controversy hovering around Stieg Larsson’s internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy. It’s too bad Larsson’s protagonists, P.I. Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, aren’t real: they’d be able to sort through all this obfuscation and figure out the mysteries resulting from their creator’s premature death in a heartbeat.
The third—and probably final, though it’s still possible that Larsson may turn out to be as posthumously prolific as Tupac—book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, will be out in the United States May 25th.