Archive for the ‘People’ Category

An author by any other name

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Check this out: J.K. Rowling had a book published under another name.

Neil Himself takes a sabbatical

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

From The Guardian: Author Neil Gaiman says he’s going to take time off from social media to work on his day job, “making things up.”

Happy birthday, Paul!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Happy 71st birthday to Paul McCartney! Thanks for being a part of my life since 1963.

‘Diana’ movie preview

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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The trailer for the forthcoming movie “Diana” starring Naomi Watts has been released. Click on the image below to watch it.

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The most hated celebrity is …

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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What?

Yep. Apparently, people hate her for being “arrogant,” “pretentious,” and “condescending.”

Imagine that — according to HuffPost, in a poll, she beat out the Kardashians, John Mayer, and Lindsay Lohan as most hated.

I’ve always liked her. Hunh. Go figure.

Indies Choice Awards

Friday, April 19th, 2013

From Publishers Lunch:
The American Booksellers Association has announced a popular set of Indies Choice Award winners for 2013:
Fiction: The Round House: A Novel, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
Nonfiction: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)
Debut: The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey (Little, Brown)
Young Adult: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (Dutton Children’s). John Green also won their “Indie Champion Award”
Middle Grade: Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Picture Book: Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray)
In each category they named five honor books as well–including recent Pulitzer-winner The Orphan Master’s Son, plus five books first previewed in last year’s Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2012 (The Dog Stars; The Orchardist; The Yellow Birds; Every Day; and The Last Dragonslayer).

Desmond Tutu is honored

Friday, April 5th, 2013

DesmondTutubookFrom Publishers Weekly:

Desmond Tutu, former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, has won the Templeton Prize, the Templeton Foundation has announced. Known for his transformative opposition to aparteid, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He went on to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, advocating “restorative justice” for the human rights violations of the aparteid regime. In 2007 he helped form The Elders, a group of global leaders such as former President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan who work for world peace and human rights.

Tutu is the author of numerous books, including No Future without Forgiveness (Image) and God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations (HarperOne).

The Templeton Prize “honors a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” according to a statement from the foundation. Others honored include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and Billy Graham. It has been the world’s largest annual monetary award for the past 40 years, currently valued at $1.7 million. A celebration of the prize will take place April 11 in Cape Town at St. George’s Cathedral, where Tutu served as archbishop from 1986 to 1996. The prize will be formally presented to Tutu in London on May 21.

Authors berate themselves

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

JulianBarnesAndBooksFrom The Guardian: Literary self-flagellation — Leading writers such as Anne Enright, Richard Ford and Rachel Cusk publish bad reviews about their own work. (Shown: Julian Barnes)

Hugo Award nominees

Monday, April 1st, 2013

From Publishers Lunch: The Hugo Award nominations have been announced. (Click link for full list.) Nominees include:

Best Novel

  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)

  • The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)

RIP, Mr. Dursley

Friday, March 29th, 2013

richard-griffithsBritish actor Richard Griffiths died Thursday. You would probably remember him as Mr. Dursley in the Harry Potter series.

Sue Grafton talks about her life

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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The Guardian interviews author Sue Grafton.

Being dead doesn’t keep them off Twitter

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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From HuffPo: Dead authors still active on social media

New Paulo Coelho book

Friday, March 15th, 2013

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Paulo Coelho has a new book coming out in April, “Manuscript Found in Accra.” This link will take you to a video of Coelho talking about the book.

Ramona Quimby’s house for sale

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

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From The Oregonian:

“The childhood home of children’s author Beverly Cleary, in the Northeast Portland neighborhood that’s also home to Cleary characters Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins, is up for sale. …”


Where the literati would hang out

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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From Flavorwire: Ten legendary haunts of writers and artists

The Pope’s last day as pope

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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PopeRedShoesToday the world says goodbye to Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger in Bavaria. As he steps down, he will also step out of his red Prada shoes and into some nice, practical brown shoes to become the emeritus pope.

He is, of course, well loved around the world as the head of the papacy, but what I want people to remember is that he’s been a prolific author.

Although he will be “hidden away from the world,” I wish him peace, health, and joy.

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Tweeting authors

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

bluebirdtwitteroldFrom Kirkus Reviews: The 10 best writers to follow on Twitter

First Lady, term 2

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Ahhhh. First Lady Michelle Obama’s official White House portrait for the second term, bangs and all!

Learned Owl sold

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Learned Owl Book Shop employee Kate Schlademan has purchased the Hudson store from former owner Liz Murphy. Kate takes over as of March 15.

You can send congratulations to Kate on Twitter @LearnedOwl.

Paid to talk

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

JKRowlingFrom the Huffington Post: Authors who demand steep speakers’ fees.

The Hat of the Cat

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

catinthehatFrom The New York Times: The story behind Dr. Seuss and his closet full of hats

What did you do, Agatha?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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From The Guardian: Why was Agatha Christie investigated by MI5?

Mantel wins top honors

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Britain Book Awards

From the Associated Press:
Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Costa Book of the Year

LONDON (AP) — Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has snagged the top honor at the Costa Book Awards for her novel “Bring Up the Bodies.”

The British writer’s blood-soaked Tudor saga, which won the Booker last year, defeated four other titles shortlisted for the 25,000 pound ($39,400) prize for 2012’s book of the year.

Accepting her prize at a London ceremony on Tuesday, Mantel alluded to her recent successes by saying she was “not going to apologize” for winning another award.

“I’m happy and I shall make it my business to try to write more books that will be worth more prizes,” she said.

Dame Jenni Murray, who chaired the judging panel, said Mantel was a unanimous winner and her book stood “more than head and shoulders— on stilts— above the rest.”

Other works shortlisted for the top Costa prize included “The Overhaul,” from Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, and “The Innocents,” a first novel from Francesca Segal.

“Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes,” written by Mary Talbot and drawn by her husband, Bryan, was also in the running, along with “Maggot Moon,” a children’s book from severely dyslexic writer and illustrator Sally Gardner.

All of the writers on the shortlist — Mantel included — will take home 5,000 pounds.

The awards, known until 2006 as the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 and recognize “outstanding and enjoyable books” by writers based in the U.K. and Ireland.


Children’s literature awards

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The American Library Association handed out awards today for excellence in children’s literature. (Click here for a complete list of winners.) Here are a few highlights:

- Andrew Carnegie Medal: “Anna, Emma, and the Condors” produced by Katja Torneman

- Coretta Scott King Award – Author: Andrea David Pinkney, “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America”

- Coretta Scott King Award – Illustrator: Bryan Collier, “I, Too, Am America” by Langston Hughes

- Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Demetria Tucker

- John Newbery Medal Award: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

- (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award: Katherine Paterson

- Michael L. Printz Award: “In Darkness” by Nick Lake

- Randolph Caldecott Medal: “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen

- YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin

Booker International longlist

Friday, January 25th, 2013

From Publishers Lunch: The longlist has been announced for the biannual Booker International prize, to be awarded May 22. The candidates:

  • UR Ananthamurthy (India)
  • Aharon Appelfeld (Israel)
  • Lydia Davis (USA)
  • Intizar Husain (Pakistan)
  • Yan Lianke (China)
  • Marie NDiaye (France)
  • Josip Novakovich (Canada)
  • Marilynne Robinson (USA)
  • Vladimir Sorokin (Russia)
  • Peter Stamm (Switzerland)

Book suggestions for the president

Friday, January 18th, 2013

On Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers recently asked viewers to tell him what book they would recommend for President Obama to read as he embarks on his second term. Here are the results (in an annoying slide show, rather than a user-friendly list). Bill’s own suggestion was Paul Krugman’s “End This Depression Now!”

NBCC finalists named

Monday, January 14th, 2013

From Publishers Lunch:

The National Book Critics Circle has announced finalists in six categories. The winners will be announced on February 28. For the full list of nominees, click here. Here are a few categories:

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FICTION

  • Laurent Binet, HHhH. tr. by Sam Taylor (FSG)
  • Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco)
  • Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son (Random House)
  • Lydia Millet, Magnificence (Norton)
  • Zadie Smith, NW (Penguin Press)

NONFICTION

  • Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House)
  • Steve Coll, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (Penguin Press)
  • Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? (Norton)
  • David Quammen, Spillover (Norton)
Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree (Scribner)

POETRY

  • David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
  • Lucia Perillo, On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Allan Peterson, Fragile Acts (McSweeney’s Books)
  • D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)
  • A. E. Stallings, Olives (Triquarterly: Northwestern University Press)

Artistic writers

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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From Flavorwire: Famous writers who also made art

Unlikely acquaintances

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

From The Guardian: Wodehouse and Fitzgerald — Emblems of a lost age

(Thanks to Paula Krapf for the link. Check out her All Books Daily.)

Costa to Mantel

Friday, January 4th, 2013

From the Associated Press: Hilary Mantel wins best-novel Costa Book Award

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LONDON (AP) — British writer and two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has been named novelist of the year at Britain’s Costa Book Awards for “Bring Up the Bodies.”
Mantel’s achievement Wednesday for her blood-soaked Tudor saga makes her the first author to win both the Costa novel award and Booker Prize in the same year.
The Costa Book Awards carry a 5,000 pound ($8,125) prize and are given in five categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book.
Other winners included Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie for “The Overhaul,” and Francesca Segal for her first-novel “The Innocents,” which is set in a tightly-knit Jewish community in northwest London and modeled on Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence.”

“Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes,” written by Mary Talbot and drawn by her husband, Bryan, won the biography category, marking the first time a graphic work has won a Costa award. Severely dyslexic writer and illustrator Sally Gardner won the children’s book prize for her fifth novel, “Maggot Moon.”
The five winners are now shortlisted for the 25,000 pound grand prize of 2012 Costa Book of the Year which will be announced Jan. 29 in London.
The awards, known until 2006 as the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 and recognize “outstanding and enjoyable books” by writers based in the U.K. and Ireland.