PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominees

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Here are five finalists for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  The winner will be announced on April 2.  

George Saunders is the winner of the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award.  His new book Congratulations, by the Way  Some Thoughts on Kindness will be released on April 22, 2014.  It is a convocation speech he gave at Syracuse University.  Kind thoughts are always welcome.

All Business: Financial Times Longlist

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The Financial Times released their longlist for the Business Book of the Year 2014.  The shortlist will be announced on September 24.  The winner on November 11.  Two of the titles on the list are forthcoming: 

  • A new book by biographer Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers,Geniuses,and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution will be released in October.  
  • Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies is out this week.

Can't We Talk Like A Pirate Day? National Book Awards & Roz Chast

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Yo Ho Ho and a new book by Roz Chast!  

September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day.  The National Book Awards Longlists were just announced and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is on the list. I just love Scrabble so I'm rolling three posts into one. 

Roz Chast is “the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People's Literature catergory).”   

101 Two-Letter Words by singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, with illustrations by Roz Chast, will be released at the end of September.  It's a book of poems about the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.  Scrabble is a big deal at my house.  The news that four new two-letter words (DA, GIPO, TE) were added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary edition released in August was greeted with a hearty, ” AY, AYNOAR, AR!”


  • Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is the classic book on the crazy world of competetive Scrabble playing.  It inspired the documentary Word Wars.
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay contains her essay “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” about her foray into the world of word freaks.
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes is the story of making the film The Princess Bride.  The Dread Pirate Roberts is guy pretending to be a pirate for a while.  

The Final Six: The Andrew Carnegie Medals

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The American Library Association announced the shortlist for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The winners will be announced on June 27.  

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers 'published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator, and best-selling author of “Booklust” serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee




  • Past Andrew Carnegie Medal winners for fiction: 2012, 2013, & 2014          
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal winners for non-fiction:  20122013& 2014 

The Hugo Awards 2015

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The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction writers' most prestigious awards.  The Hugo Awards are trademarked by the World Science Fiction Society, WSFS, a literary society that sponsors the annual World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon, and the Hugo Awards.  The awards ceremony is planned for Saturday, August 22, and the best novel nominees are:

Legacy of Laughter

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James Thurber left us a legacy of laughter. December 8 marked his 121st birthday. His namesake organization, The Thurber House, honors his memory with a museum, educational programs, literary events, a birthday gala and the annual Thurber Award for American Humor. Tis said tis the season to be jolly. Claim your inheritance: grin, giggle, guffaw, smile silently or laugh out-loud. Tickle someone's fancy. Give the gift of joy and wish James Thurber a Happy Birthday.

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are coming!

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The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were first awarded in 1980, with the idea of honoring literary excellence and celebrating the community of readers in Los Angeles. Now in its 36th year, the Prizes have expanded from four categories to ten. According to the LA Times, the book prizes “remind us of the power of books to move and enlighten us, to connect us to the best that we as human beings have to offer, to illuminate us through the written word.” The winners in all ten categories will be announced during the LA Times Festival of Books on April 9th. Reserve one of the fiction nominees now, or see all the nominees at

Science Fictions Prestigious Hugo Awards

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The 2016 Hugo Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The Hugo Awards, presented annually, are science fiction's most prestigious awards and are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. 

The finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards for Best Novel are:

Golden Globes - A case of nerves

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The Hollywood Foreign press handed out the Golden Globes last night and many of the recipients were very nervous. Jennifer Lawrence was nervous. Jacqueline Bisset forget how to speak for several minutes. Even Jon Voight seemed a bit overwhelmed. The only person who didn't seem nervous was Adam Samberg, a surprise winner for Best Actor in a TV Series, Music or Comedy. It was both fun and strange to see professional actors and actresses behaving like they had stage fright.

The show also featured a spirited tribute to Woody Allen (winner of the Cecil B. Demille award) by Diane Keaton.

Many of the winning films are not yet available on DVD, but you can still put your name on the holds list for:

And check out these winners from the TV & Mini Series categories:


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