February 28, 2013 |
First-time novelist Ben Fountain won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction Thursday for “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” a darkly comic send-up of the emotional and cultural aftermath of the Iraq War. The awards were announced in a ceremony in New York. Roberto Caro won the biography award for “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” the fourth installment in Caro's magisterial biography of the thirty-sixth president. The winner in the nonfiction category was Andrew Solomon, for “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” a book which the critics' citation described as “a groundbreaking look at family relationships with children who are radically different from their parents' expectations in physical, mental, and behavioral ways.” Other winners included, in poetry, D.A. Powell for “Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," and in criticism, Marina Warner for "Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.
February 26, 2013 |
Since 2010, the New York- and Venezuela-based Fundación Cisernos has published a series of critically acclaimed books in which several of Latin America's most renowned modern artists speak. They're gorgeous, thoughtful books, in which creators such as the Argentine-born artist and industrial designer Tomás Maldonado speak at length and freely about the birth of their vision and their careers, often accompanied by illustrations of their work. Now, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros is making six of these works available for the first time in e-book format.
February 26, 2013 |
A book for children about the Sandy Hook shootings? Random House announced Monday that it will be publishing one this fall. And with an award-winning writer and illustrator at the helm, it just might work. Patricia MacLachlan, who will be writing the story, is best known for her children's book "Sally, Plain and Tall," which won the 1986 Newbery Medal. The art will be done by Steven Kellogg , who has written and/or illustrated about 100 books for children, garnering the New England Book Award and the Regina Medal for distringuished contribution to children's literature.
February 25, 2013 |
Dominican American writer Junot Diaz is on the shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award. The British prize is said to be the world's largest for a single short story: The winner will receive more than $45,000. It's Diaz's story " Miss Lora " that made the list. The story is in his 2012 collection "This Is How You Lose Her. " There are five other authors in contention for the prize: Sarah Hall, Toby Litt, Ali Smith, Mark Haddon, and Cynan Jones. Smith is Scottish, Jones was born in Wales and the others are English.
December 14, 2012 |
New York's 92nd Street Y will webcast a conversation with Junot Diaz live on Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern). Diaz was in Los Angeles in September to read from his short story collection "This Is How You Lose Her. " The book has spent 10 weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. The Times' Hector Tobar praised the book in his review : "Reading the stories in Díaz's new collection, 'This Is How You Lose Her,' is often a three-dimensional, laugh-out-loud experience.
October 10, 2012 |
The National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Awards on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show Wednesday. Junot Diaz, who was recently named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is among the fiction finalists for his short-story collection, “This Is How You Lose Her.” Two other fiction finalists -- Ben Fountain's “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers -- deal with America's long military...