Some news from around the web about writers and books:
- The Guardian reports that David Foster Wallace’s last novel, unfinished at the time of his death last September, will be published posthumously. Some other great posthumous novels: 2666 by Roberto Bolano, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and my personal all-time favorite posthumous novel, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. (eBook versions of those last two available free at the Buromeister’s.)
- Irish writer Joseph O’Neill has won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction for his third novel, Netherland. We’ll have a review up next week.
- The New York Times has a few pages of the notebook of Michael Chabon, one of my favorite novelists.
- The Guardian also has an interesting piece about Graham Swift, who, in 1983, was named one of Britain’s best young novelists—alongside William Boyd, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie.
- Finally, the least for last: The Daily Beast has two mediocre-looking book lists up. And Slate has a piece up about three good detective novels (he gets to them eventually).