Archive: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Preserving Book World's Mission

In recent years, Book World has run about 900 reviews annually. Counting shorter pieces -- briefs and roundups of one sort or another -- we've been able, by our internal count, to cover in some fashion about 1,200 adult titles, 100 children's books and 50 young adult books a year....

By Alan Cooperman | January 30, 2009; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (8)

Book World, Reimagined

As you probably know from reading the news from the Post and the New York Times, Feb. 15 will be the last issue of Book World as a stand-alone section in the print newspaper. But we are not going away. If you read Book World online, you may not notice...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | January 28, 2009; 9:21 PM ET | Comments (6)

John Updike, Sans Nobel Prize

Hearing about the death of John Updike saddens me. And maddens me. So long as the prolific author lived, there was always a chance that the Nobel Committee -- that bastion of proud obscurity -- might correct one of its greatest errors. Having won the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National...

By Ron Charles | January 27, 2009; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Prize Primer

We're only just out of the starting gate for 2009, and already the literary award season has begun in earnest. The glittering film industry may bestow what many consider its top awards early in the year (the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and, of course, the Academy Awards), but...

By Christopher Schoppa | January 27, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)


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