Archive: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

A Father's Madness, A Daughter's Perseverance

Once in a while, parents are absolutely right to insist they have (or had) an unrecognized genius for a child. I'm thinking, for example, of Thelma Toole. Mighty good thing she took her dead son's smudgy manuscript to Walker Percy and demanded he read it. Otherwise we would not have...

By Alan Cooperman | October 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Five Books about DJ Culture

When asked if he had any favorite books about DJ culture, DJ DB, founder of Brooklyn electronic music store Breakbeat Science, answered, "I've been in a couple and never even read those, sorry." Perhaps artists focused on creating culture are too busy to read about it, but his role as...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 16, 2008; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (16)

National Book Award Finalists Announced

It's only been 12 hours since the Man Booker Prize was announced in London, but here come the finalists for the National Book Awards. You can watch a video of mystery writer Scott Turow delivering the news in Chicago. I've come to expect a strange, disappointing fiction list from the...

By Ron Charles | October 15, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

And the Man Booker Prize Goes to....

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. The novel that earned him £50,000 (roughly $86,000) is narrated by an Indian chauffer named Balram Halwai who writes "a long series of unanswered letters ... to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao -- who is soon to visit India on a fact-finding junket." Man Booker Prize...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 14, 2008; 5:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Washington Post Book Club: Friedman, Ehrenreich, Singletary on the Financial Crisis

Many months ago, before there was a scintilla of evidence that the global economy would take the nosedive that it did, we at Book World decided to invite Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat), Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) and Michelle Singletary (Spend Well, Live Rich) to The Washington Post...

By Marie Arana | October 13, 2008; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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