August 15, 2012 |
The Thurber Prize for American Humor announced its three 2012 finalists Wednesday. Surprisingly, a book that's a riff off a television show made the top three. That book is "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," which expands the humor of the TV show "Parks and Recreation. " Although the book's cover indicates that it was written (and run through spell-check) by Leslie Knope, the character played by Amy Poehler, its actual author is Nate Di Meo. Di Meo is also the producer and host of the podcast The Memory Palace , which was recently added to Jesse Thorn's offerings at MaximumFun.org.
August 22, 2012 |
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced the finalists for its 2012 awards Wednesday. The prizes, which are awarded in fiction and nonfiction in conjunction with the Dayton Peace Prize, are given annually to work that "uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding. " Six finalists have been named in fiction and five in nonfiction. Michael Ondaatje, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "The English Patient," which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film, is among the 2012 fiction finalists for his novel "The Cat's Table.
February 15, 2013 |
The Basketball Hall of Fame's finalists for the 2013 class have strong California connections with two-thirds of Golden State's Run TMC -- Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond -- joining Oakland native and former Laker Gary Payton as well as former Long Beach State and Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian among the 12 still under consideration. The announcement of the finalists is a prelude to the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Houston. The inductees will be announced at the Final Four in April.
April 1, 2013 |
The American Society of Magazine Editors on Monday announced the finalists for its 2013 awards . The National Magazine Awards -- known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder "Elephant" that winners receive -- will be presented at a luncheon in New York on May 2. Many of the usual suspects appear on the finalists list: GQ and the New Yorker are perennial favorites, and National Geographic, with a total of seven, received the most nominations....
April 10, 2013 |
The 10 fiction finalists and six poetry finalists in the running for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award were announced Wednesday. The books were originally published in 11 languages, and were narrowed down from a longlist announced in March. The finalists include a Nobel Prize winner -- Herta Muller -- and a number of authors less well-known in the U.S. One of the goals of the prize is to bring more attention to works in translation, which are sometimes overlooked by American readers.
October 12, 2011 |
A deceased biographer and a first-time bestselling novelist are among the finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards. Five finalists in four categories – fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature – were announced Wednesday in Oregon. After the announcement, a sixth book was added to the list of finalists in young people's literature. "We made a mistake, there was a miscommunication," said Harold Augebraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation. "We could have taken one of the books away to keep it five, but we decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they're all good books.