Archive: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou celebrated her 80th birthday and the release of her new book, Letter to My Daughter, at an elegant gathering in the Hays-Adams Hotel on Thursday night. Wearing a long, dark red dress and a strand of pearls, the celebrated autobiographer and poet said she'd been taking notes for...

By Ron Charles | November 20, 2008; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another Award Winner Up North

Miriam Toews's The Flying Troutmans has won Canada's Writers' Trust Prize for fiction ($25,000). I loved this novel, and I've been hearing the same thing from my 17-year-old daughter and a retired co-worker. Toews is a comic writer to watch. Four years ago, she won the Governor General's Award for...

By Ron Charles | November 20, 2008; 5:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

And the Winners of the National Book Awards Are...

The National Book Awards were announced last night in New York. The Post's publishing reporter, Bob Thompson, was there. Here are the Fiction winner and finalists: WINNER: Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country (Modern Library) FINALISTS: Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project (Riverhead) Rachel Kushner's Telex from Cuba (Scribner) Marilynne Robinson's Home (FSG)...

By Ron Charles | November 20, 2008; 7:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Read the Classics, One Byte at a Time

No time for books? As easily as you're reading this -- wherever you are -- you could be becoming well-read. Since the launch of DailyLit in May, 2007, a community of 150,000 serial book readers has sprung up -- in subways, restaurants, airports and doctors' offices -- using laptops, PalmPilots,...

By Ron Charles | November 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Plumbers Do After They've Been Made Famous to Illustrate a Political Point

They, too, write books! But Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher won't be spending a lot of time dilly-dallying like those namby-pamby members of the media elite. He'll get right to work, publishing "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream" on December 1 of this year. If 13 days seems...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | November 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

How Political Journalists Relax After an Election

The election is over, the president chosen. No longer must you spend the bulk of your work day obsessively clicking on electoral maps, and your nights flipping between the Daily News, Bill O'Reilly and Rachel Maddow. You've got your life back. But what will the journalists do now that the...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | November 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prize Reflections

Tomorrow, I'm off to New York for a number of obligations, among them the deliberation of the National Book Awards. It's no secret. I'm on the nonfiction jury. Unlike the Pulitzer, the NBA divulges its jury members early on. The only surprise is that, as far as I know, not...

By Marie Arana | November 17, 2008; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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