Archive: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

BIOGRAPHY: Paula J. Giddings, "Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching" CURRENT INTEREST: Barton Gellman, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" Special Washington Post site includes all stories related to this book. FICTION: Marilynne Robinson, "Home" ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION: Zoe Ferraris, "Finding...

By Ron Charles | April 25, 2009; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

If Oprah cancels a segment on a book, will that hurt the book? Last Monday Oprah decided not to run a piece on Columbine by Dave Cullen, and yet the book has made it on to the New York Times bestseller list and is at #12 on our list. The...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 24, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grace Cavalieri Presents Five Books of Poetry

Book World is pleased to present a special poetry month Short Stack by poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri, founder of the public radio series "The Poet and the Poem" -- celebrating its 32nd year on the air -- which she hosts and produces from the Library of Congress. The Annapolis...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | April 23, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

An Interview with Pulitzer-Prize Winner W.S. Merwin

Tell W.S. Merwin that you've heard his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection "The Shadow of Sirius" described as a study in time and memory and he will chide you for your obtuseness, though he is too kind to use the word. "You could say that about any personal book," the poet said...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 22, 2009; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

Writing begins with questions, according to Amy Bloom in her essay for The Writing Life....In honor of Earth Day, Henry David Thoreau burns down Concord Woods....There's a blurry line between fact and fiction, in fact and fiction....Chinese and Indian readers save publishing.... Podcasting a novel leads to wealth and acclaim,...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 22, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Happy 400th Birthday, Shakespeare's Sonnets

I got a startling invitation recently from the Folger Library: Come see the first edition of Shakespeare's "Sonnets" on the 400th anniversary of the book's publication. "My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet" was Dr. Georgianna Ziegler, the Folger's head reference librarian. Her office is just off the...

By Ron Charles | April 22, 2009; 4:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Speed Read

Books about race in America win the Pulitzer nonfiction awards....Forget Hugo Chavez: Latin American authors come up with their own list of books Barack Obama should read....What do readers owe their local bookstores?... J.G. Ballard was a great writer because he once was an encyclopedia salesman, plus he ate weevils...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 21, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2009

Fiction: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Finalists: The Plague Of Doves by Louise Erdrich and All Souls by Christine Schutt History: The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed Finalists: This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust and The Liberal Hour by G. Calvin MacKenzie & Robert Weisbrot Biography: American...

By Ron Charles | April 20, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hot Novel Rises Again

Last year, I took some heat for (over)praising "The Gargoyle," a bizarre gothic novel by Canadian writer Andrew Davidson. It's about a pornographer who's badly burned in a car accident and then nursed by a sculptor who claims they were lovers in 14th-century Germany. A few of my colleagues here...

By Ron Charles | April 20, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, will be released by Doubleday on Sept. 15....Vladamir Nabokov's unfinished novel "The Original of Laura" will publish November 3....Let's chuck the Nobel Prize in literature....Aliens, zombies and vampires attack Jane Austen....Dublin reveres the printed word....J.G. Ballard, author of...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | April 20, 2009; 1:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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