One of my favorite actors has died. Peter O’Toole died Saturday at age 81.
One of my favorite actors has died. Peter O’Toole died Saturday at age 81.
Here’s a link to the video and transcript of Jeff Bezos of Amazon’s appearance on “60 Minutes,” in which he discussed possible drone delivery in the future.
From Rolling Stone: Lost Beatles photographs found in Ringo’s basement!
From the Associated Press:
James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The Good Lord Bird.” George Packer won the award for nonfiction for “The Unwinding.” Cynthia Kadohata won for young people’s literature for “The Thing About Luck” and Mary Szybist won for poetry for “Incardine.” Mary Angelou and E.L. Doctorow were awarded honorary medals.
From a press release:
Author Anne Applebaum is the winner of the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill University for her book Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956. The announcement was made at a gala dinner held last night in Toronto. At $75,000 (US), the Cundill Prize is the largest international literary prize for a work on history.
Applebaum’s winning book describes the circumstances under which Stalin was able to convert a dozen countries to a Communist system of government following the Second World War and chronicles what daily life was like for citizens once these changes had occurred.
From AP: Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has died at 94.
Little Prince George was christened today. Here’s a look at the planning behind it.
Yes, Canada’s Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature! Read about her here.
From CBS: Author Tom Clancy has died:
A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology. He published 28 books — including a new novel yet to be released. Several were made into Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
From Associated Press: Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66
And now, for some REALLY happy news: J.K. Rowling is taking us back to the world of wizards. She will be writing the screenplay for a movie based on her book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” one of the Hogwarts textbooks she created. And it gets better: This is supposed to be the first of a series!
From Entertainment Weekly: The Rolling Stones on “Downton Abbey”? Five hilarious scenarios of how that could happen.
Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, has died. He was 74. See coverage in the Record-Courier.
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.”
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….
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. What do you think this will mean for the Post? for Amazon? for readers?
Welcome to the world, little prince. (Associated Press photo)
Check this out: J.K. Rowling had a book published under another name.
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 71st birthday to Paul McCartney! Thanks for being a part of my life since 1963.
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.
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).
From 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.
From 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)
From Publishers Lunch: The Hugo Award nominations have been announced. (Click link for full list.) Nominees include:
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)
British actor Richard Griffiths died Thursday. You would probably remember him as Mr. Dursley in the Harry Potter series.
The Guardian interviews author Sue Grafton.