Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Gloria Steinem to receive Medal of Freedom

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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From Shelf Awareness:

Activist and writer Gloria Steinem was one of 16 people named by President Barack Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” This year’s recipients will be honored at the White House later this year.

Steinem was praised as “a renowned writer and activist for women’s equality. She was a leader in the women’s liberation movement, co-founded Ms. magazine and helped launch a wide variety of groups and publications dedicated to advancing civil rights. Ms. Steinem has received dozens of awards over the course of her career, and remains an active voice for women’s rights.”

President Obama observed that the medal “goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

Oh, no. No more Amelia Peabody.

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Sad news. Author Barbara Mertz has died. This is a personal loss for me, because her Amelia Peabody mysteries set in Egypt are among my all-time favorite books.

From USA Today:

She wrote more than 35 mysteries under the name Elizabeth Peters, and 29 suspense books under the name Barbara Michaels….
Under the Peters name — a combination of her children’s first names — she produced several mystery series, including 19 books about Peabody. When the series began, with Crocodile on the Sandbank in 1975, Amelia pursued her adventures while pregnant. The series continued until her son, Ramses, was grown.
“Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it’s Amelia — in wit and daring — by a landslide,” Paul Theroux wrote in a New York Times appreciation.
Mertz described the character to the AP as a sentimental woman who solved mysteries by guessing but nonetheless thought of herself as logical: “I want to kick her sometimes.”
As she wrote about her forceful heroine, Peters said she became more like her. Once, she said, “I was mealy mouthed, timid, never spoke up, let people push me around.”
… In 1998, Mertz received the grandmaster lifetime achievement award from the Mystery Writers of America, the top award from the mystery writers group….

Bezos buys Post

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. What do you think this will mean for the Post? for Amazon? for readers?

Sweet prince

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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Welcome to the world, little prince. (Associated Press photo)

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!”