Archive: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Americans Dominate International IMPAC Award Shortlist

Half the eight finalists for the International IMPAC Literary Award ($132,200) are Americans. The list, announced this morning in Dublin, includes: Junot Diaz (Dominican/US) "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which has already won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle award. David Leavitt (US), "The Indian...

By Ron Charles | April 2, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Five Recent Books About Conservatism

Alan Wolfe's new book "The Future of Liberalism" attempts to define the underlying spirit of liberalism in U.S. politics. Book World's reviewer, Ron Rosenbaum, summarized the argument: A true liberal, Wolfe contends, is pragmatic, sober, skeptical and emotionally detached. Both the political right and far left, in contrast, are romantic...

By Alan Cooperman | April 2, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Does Your Prose Stay Crunchy in Milk?

Cheerios recently started accepting submissions to its third annual New Author Contest. If you're not a professional writer, but you've got a book in you for kids 3-8, this could be your chance at fame. Just ask Shellie Braeuner, 43, who sounds like the world's greatest nanny. She won $5,000...

By Ron Charles | April 1, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

What I'm Reading Now

It's not often that my four-year-old son and I are reading books with similar scenes, but this weekend there was a confluence of crocodiles. In "Amazon in the Afternoon," the sixth book in Mary Pope Osborne's excellent Magic Tree House series, the siblings Jack and Annie flee millions of marching...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | March 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)


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