A quick heads up: You can read an excerpt from J.M. Coetzee's upcoming novel, Diary of a Bad Year, over at The New York Review of Books. The entire novel will be published in January 2008. And, in case you weren't already aware of it, Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. You can get more background information on the South African author here as well as reviews of his novels here.