Sorry, folks - there's no Friday giveaway this week. Rather, we have an important announcement to make. (Drumroll, please.)
Next week, we're going to try something new around here and, for the first time we're devoting an entire week of coverage and posts to a single book.
Anyone who crossed our paths during BEA got an earful about David Leavitt's forthcoming novel, The Indian Clerk. We were immoderate in our enthusiasm, pressing the book into the hands of anyone we could find. It is, simply, our favorite book of the year thus far and is finally being released at the beginning of September.
The book, which concerns itself with the unlikely relationship between British mathematician G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical prodigy, is a departure for Leavitt in terms of scope and complexity but it retains what we've always thought of as one of Leavitt's great hallmarks - his remarkably elegant prose.
So we'll be looking at the book in considerable detail next week. Here's the planned rundown of what you can look forward to, subject to the usual last minute fiddling and revising:
Monday - A review of the book as well as posts on the true story behind the novel and closer looks at the historical dramatis personae.
Tuesday - An interview with the author as well as an exclusive excerpt from the novel.
Wednesday - David Leavitt will spend the day guest blogging.
Thursday - We'll look at the maths of The Indian Clerk as well as the World War I influences, including Pat Barker and Paul Fussell's landmark The Great War and Modern Memory.
Friday - Our usual TEV giveaway, in which we'll give away a signed copy of The Indian Clerk.
We hope you'll join us next week for each day of posting as we spend some time looking at this fine, fine book. Look forward to seeing you back here.
(Disclosure: Eagle-eyed readers will note that The Indian Clerk is being published by Bloomsbury, the house that is publishing our novel. We can assure you all that the fact of Leavitt's presence at Bloomsbury is actually part of what drew us to the house; and we're confident that regular readers trust our independence and know we'd never recommend books we don't genuinely love - there are, after all, plenty of Bloomsbury titles we don't write about. But we're seriously crazy about The Indian Clerk, as the week ahead will surely attest, and we see no reason not to trumpet that simply because we share a publisher.)