From Goodreads: Little known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Charlotte Observer gives a fantastic response to the question “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Makes ya feel good all over. (Thanks to Daily KOS for the link.)
From entertainment news: Hey, let the boys read books with girls in them. Girls read books with boys in them, don’t they?
From the “Duh” file: Kids love comics, and they introduce them to other books.
From Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the best-selling “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” fantasy trilogy has a new three-book deal.
Laini Taylor has signed with publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to write three young-adult novels.
The publisher announced Thursday the first book will be called “The Muse of Nightmares” and is scheduled for fall 2016. It says the book is a “high fantasy” work about a clash between humans and the offspring of gods.
Taylor’s “Lips Touch: Three Times” was a National Book Award finalist in 2009. Two years later she began the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” series, which ended last year with “Dreams of Gods & Monsters.”
Film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Universal Pictures.
From Associated Press:
Book on hospital after Hurricane Katrina wins $10,000 award
NEW YORK (AP) — An author whose book “Five Days at Memorial” tells of a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina has won a $10,000 prize for nonfiction.
The literary and human rights organization PEN announced Wednesday that Sheri Fink had won the PEN/John Galbraith Award for a book of “notable literary merit” that highlights an important contemporary issue.
Joshua Horwitz’s “War of the Whales” won the $10,000 PEN/E.O. Wilson prize for science writing. John Branch’s “Boy On Ice” won the $5,000 PEN/ESPN award for sports writing.
Anna Whitelock’s “The Queen’s Bed” received a $5,000 prize for biography. And Saeed Jones’ “Prelude to Bruise” won the $5,000 PEN award for poetry.
From The Guardian: Children’s stories that inspired writers
From Buzz Feed: 13 books that perfectly describe heartbreak. (Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.)
From the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the top honors for historians, the Francis Parkman Prize, has been given to Danielle Allen for a close and modern take on the Declaration of Independence.
The Society of American Historians told The Associated Press that Allen had won for “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.” Previous Parkman winners include Robert Caro, David McCullough and Eric Foner.
The society also announced Monday that David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize- and Parkman-winning historian, received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for lifetime achievement. The biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction went to Jacinda Townsend’s “Saint Monkey” and Justin Leroy’s “Empire and the Afterlife of Slavery” received the Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation.
The society is based at Columbia University.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Books I can’t stop thinking about.
Photos from the annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. (Photos by Amanda Woolf, Record-Courier)
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Books for Mom on Her Day.
From The Guardian: Top 10 books about vacations (shown: “The Talented Mr. Ripley”)
My Kindle shows that I now have a copy of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland” by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. I started reading it this morning during my coffee break. Wow!
I also have a new corporate-approved coffee mug to replace the one that sprung a leak!
This just in! Sue Grafton’s “X” is coming out August 25!
Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus will be featured on ABC’s “20/20″ next week. The two kidnap survivors have written a book.
From Slate: Did you know Gustav Eiffel had a secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower?
Among the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prize is Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” which won in the fiction category. If you haven’t yet read this book, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It is absolutely stunning. (Click the link for the list of winners.)
Ravenna’s own Regina Brett is coming back to the area for a couple of local appearances. (Photo by Bruce Hennes)
The royal baby is due any day now, and pundits are betting that it will be a girl and that she will be named Alice.
I’m throwing in my idea for a baby girl’s name:
It’s appropriately royal, and it hasn’t been used in a long time. And Mary was William’s great-great-grandmother’s name. (I think that’s enough greats.) What do you think? Princess Mary Louise. Has a nice ring to it, no?
From The Washington Post:
Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of “The Tin Drum” and other novels that made him known around the world as the moral conscience of 20th-century Germany, a reputation that faltered when he belatedly revealed that he had served as a young soldier in Hitler’s SS, died on April 13 at a hospital in Luebeck, Germany. He was 87. …
From Chronicle Books: “This is my bookstore” photos — Get me a ladder, somebody!