Archive: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Arts Writing Winners Named

Brenda Wineapple's "White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson" and Michael Sragow's "Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master" have won this year's National Award for Arts Writing. Wineapple and Sragow will split the $15,000 award, which is sponsored by the Arts Club of Washington. The other...

By Ron Charles | April 16, 2009; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four Books to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'The Elements of Style'

Today is the golden anniversary of William Strunk and E.B. White's "The Elements of Style." With 10 million copies in print, it's (its?) far and away (cliche!) the most popular book on writing ever published. ("Do not overstate.") To commemorate the occasion, Pearson Longman has released a special leather-bound edition...

By Ron Charles | April 16, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

Free Books, but No Takers

I've been experimenting this year with a new book-sharing network called BookCrossing. So far, despite my best -- my family would say, "fanatical" -- efforts, the experiment has been a complete failure. BookCrossing bills itself as the world's largest book club, with 762,824 members in over 130 countries. (About 40...

By Ron Charles | April 15, 2009; 5:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Reader Spotlight: Juan Williams of NPR

Juan Williams's eyes light up when he says he's a booklover. "It started at the public library for me and I read a cross-section of books constantly," he says. Now a news analyst for National Public Radio, a political analyst for Fox News and author of six books, Williams was...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | April 14, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Can "newsbooks" save journalism? Something's got to!... Stephenie Meyer's books accounted for 16 percent of all books sold last quarter....Salman Rushdie donates four laptops, an external hard drive, a Palm Treo, and possibly his soul to Emory University....Why girls love books about ponies....The poem that will save the world....Dead authors...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 13, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (1)


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