Wednesday, February 22, 2006

If you can't make Oprah's Book Club

Well, if the big O doesn't choose your book for her reading spotlight, you can always try to get your book on a mysterious television show. Seems that when Flann O'Brien's novel, The Third Policeman, showed up for a mere second on the screen in an episode of Lost that aired recently in the UK (the cover was shown while one of the characters put it in his napsack), demand for the novel has tripled. Just the announcement that the book was going to be in the show (shortly before it first aired in the US and Canada this past October) saw the publisher, Dalkey Archive Press, sell 8000 copies in two days . Lost fans have also been searching through Watership Down by Richard Adams and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time which were both shown being read on the show. I like Lost but I'm not that into finding clues (you could spend all day reading theories about the show online on forums like ABC's Lost boards, The forums, and The Lost Forum, to name but a few). Still, I think anything that gets more people reading is a good thing.


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