Book Buzz November 21, 2013: Winners of 2013 National Book Awards announced

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Winners of 2013 National Book Awards announced

Source: CNN, 11-21-13

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • James McBride wins for “The Good Lord Bird”
  • The National Book Foundation presents awards to winners in four categories
  • Established in 1950, the accolade is one of the most prestigious U.S. literary awards

Fiction

Rachel Kushner, “The Flamethrowers

Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Lowland

James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird” (WINNER)

Thomas Pynchon, “Bleeding Edge

George Saunders, “Tenth of December

Nonfiction

Jill Lepore, “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Wendy Lower, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

George Packer, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” (WINNER)

Alan Taylor, “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Lawrence Wright, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

Poetry

Frank Bidart, “Metaphysical Dog

Lucie Brock-Broido, “Stay, Illusion

Adrian Matejka, “The Big Smoke

Matt Rasmussen, “Black Aperture

Mary Szybist, “Incarnadine: Poems” (WINNER)

Young people’s literature

Kathi Appelt, “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Cynthia Kadohata, “The Thing About Luck” (WINNER)

Tom McNeal, “Far Far Away

Meg Rosoff, “Picture Me Gone

Gene Luen Yang, “Boxers & Saints

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Book Buzz May 8, 2013: Opponents Rally Against New York Public Library Plan

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Opponents Rally Against New York Public Library Plan

Source: NYT, 5-8-13

Protesters on the library steps.

Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times Protesters on the library steps.

More than 100 people gathered in front of the New York Public Library’s Fifth Avenue flagship building on Wednesday afternoon to register opposition to the library’s renovation plan.

The rally against the project (known as the Central Library Plan) was timed to coincide with the quarterly meeting of the library’s trustees….READ MORE

Book Buzz April 25, 2013: Convergence of Presidents at George W. Bush Library Dedication

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Convergence of Presidents at Bush Library Dedication

Source: NYT, 4-25-13

From left, President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday in Dallas.

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From left, President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday in Dallas.

President Obama joined all of his living predecessors on Thursday to pay tribute to George W. Bush….READ MORE

Book Buzz April 25, 2013: George W. Bush’s Remarks at His Presidential Library Dedication

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George W. Bush’s Remarks at His Presidential Library Dedication

Source: NYT, 4-25-13

The following is the text of former President George W. Bush’s remarks at his presidential library dedication in Dallas on Thursday, as transcribed by Federal News Service….READ MORE

Book Buzz April 15, 2013: 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners for Letters, Drama and Music

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2013 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music

Source: NYT, 4-15-13

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FICTION

ADAM JOHNSON

The Orphan Master’s Son” (Random House)

Finalists Nathan Englander, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”; Eowyn Ivey, “The Snow Child.”

DRAMA

AYAD AKHTAR

“Disgraced”

Finalists Gina Gionfriddo, “Rapture, Blister, Burn”; Amy Herzog, “4000 Miles.”

HISTORY

FREDRIK LOGEVALL

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” (Random House)

Finalists Bernard Bailyn, “The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675; John Fabian Witt, “Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History.”

BIOGRAPHY

TOM REISS

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” (Crown)

Finalists Michael Gorra, “Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece”; David Nasaw, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.”

POETRY

SHARON OLDS

“Stag’s Leap” (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists Jack Gilbert, “Collected Poems”; Bruce Weigl, “The Abundance of Nothing.”

GENERAL NONFICTION

GILBERT KING

 “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America” (Harper)

Finalists Katherine Boo, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”; David George Haskell, “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.

MUSIC

CAROLINE SHAW

“Partita for 8 Voices” (New Amsterdam Records)

Finalists Aaron Jay Kernis, “Pieces of Winter Sky”; Wadada Leo Smith, “Ten Freedom Summers.”

Book Buzz April 16, 2012: Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction

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Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction

The late Manning Marable won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history, honored for a Malcolm X book. But no Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction.

Source: CS Monitor, 4-16-12

The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, honored for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades, but did not live to see published. For the first time in 35 years, no fiction prize was given.

Another long-term project, John Lewis Gaddis’ “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” won the Pulitzer for biography. Gaddis is a Yale University professor and leading Cold War scholar who began work on the Kennan book in the early 1980s. The project was delayed by Kennan’s longevity. Kennan, a founding Cold War strategist and a Pulitzer winner, was in his 70s at the time he authorized the book. He asked only that Gaddis wait until after his death…..READ MORE