“There is no competition among writers; not even Shakespeare and Dante say it all,” proclaimed poet Frank Bidart upon receiving the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Metaphysical Dog (Farrar) at a packed NBCC Awards Ceremony on March 13 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Yet for Bidart, an […]
Anthony Marra exploring the erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s upstanding Mr. Bates, Elizabeth Fremantle writing from the perspective of Anne Boleyn’s dog, Brad Meltzer and A.J. Jacobs co-writing a story whose characters argue about the last words they’ll utter, and Gabrielle Zevin impersonating a former best-selling author struggling to figure out Twitter—these are some of the leading authors joining in the second #TwitterFiction Festival, March 12–16.
The Los Angeles Times announced finalists in ten categories for the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, to be awarded April 11 at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The awards ceremony serves as a precursor to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 12–13), now in its 19th year and its […]
There’s a new book prize in town, and it announced itself grandly on February 10 by issuing an inaugural shortlist ranging from debut Irish author Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing to Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, one of the most lauded titles in the U.S. market last year. Officially launched in March 2013, […]
OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s. Reasons for the shift include the facts that MP3s are widely compatible across various listening devices and that the vast majority of […]
Accepting the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead), the darkly uproarious tale of a young slave who joins forces with John Brown, James McBride expressed gratitude that at a particularly difficult time in his life he could fall into the world of his protagonist, Little Onion Shackleford, and simply […]
Librarians are immersed in an eclectic mix of new titles this month. Sarah MacLean’s wonderfully titled No Good Duke Goes Unpunished tops the list, with Adriana Trigiani’s The Supreme Macaroni Company also making a welcome appearance. Nonfiction makes a showing too, with librarians around the country trying new titles on writers and their relationships with […]
Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: […]