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September 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
So what about that National Book Awards fiction longlist? It's a good one, and the last of the four longlists to be released by the National Book Foundation this week. The list includes one of my favorite novels of 2013, “The Flamethrowers” by Los Angeles' own Rachel Kushner , and Tom Drury's fifth novel, “Pacific,” which deals in part with a 14-year-old's experiences in Southern California. Also cited are George Saunders ' elegant and heartbreaking short-story collection, “Tenth of December,” which came out at the beginning of the year, as well as two of the most anticipated novels of the fall: “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri and Thomas Pynchon's “Bleeding Edge.” Pynchon, of course, is a former National Book Award winner; he received the 1974 prize for his landmark novel “Gravity's Rainbow.” So too is Alice McDermott , who won a 1988 National Book Award for “Charming Billy.” Her new novel, “Someone,” also made the longlist this year.
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September 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Oh, Canada. This week, we have four days of National Book Award longlists, and there's a big, possibly leaked announcement from the Man Booker Prize coming Wednesday. But as if that weren't enough in the literary longlist department, Canada is getting in on the action too. Specifically, the Scotiabank Giller Prize , Canada's preeminent literary award for fiction. Its 13-title longlist was announced Monday. The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize gets $50,000 Canadian (about $48,000 American)
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September 16, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
The National Book Awards launched its first longlist with the 10 books in the running for the 2013 award for Young People's Literature on Monday. The list includes Newbery Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata's “The Thing About Luck” and Tom McNeal's “Far Far Away,” which was also longlisted for the Southern California Independent Bookseller Award. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan also made the list (The Times review notes that the number of boys is actually closer to seven )
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September 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
If publicity-averse Thomas Pynchon decided to come out of seclusion, would he do it on Twitter? With an account named @PynchonOfficial? No, says his publisher. "It's a fake," Penguin Press Vice President Tracy Locke confirmed via email. The fake Pynchon Twitter account launched Sept. 3. Although it has posted only a handful of tweets, it  included the sensational "'Bleeding Edge' is my last book. I'm done with fiction. T.P. " Remember: Fake. Pynchon is the 76-year-old author of "Gravity's Rainbow," which won the National Book Award in 1974.
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September 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Thomas Pynchon has avoided the limelight his entire career -- he sent a stand-in to accept his National Book Award in 1974, and, as far as we know, hasn't been photographed since his stint in the Navy in the 1950s. But tucked within the quiet stacks of the Huntington Library is the Stephen Tomaske Collection of Pynchonalia, which provides rare glimpses into the author's life. Tomaske was a UCLA librarian who dedicated himself to gathering the most comprehensive collection of Pynchon material he could.Here are some tidbits.
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September 6, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
The National Book Foundation has announced that Maya Angelou is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community. Over Angelou's 50-plus years as a writer and poet, she has won many awards -- including three Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 30 honorary degrees -- but the Literarian Award could be considered her first major literary prize. In a phone interview with the Associated Press after the announcement Thursday, Angelou said the prize made her feel like she was "picking in high cotton.
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