Monthly Archives: October 2011

Monday Miscellany

Why is dystopia so appealing to young adults? A dystopia is an imaginary world in which people live dehumanized lives of fear and subjugation; it’s the opposite of utopia. In this piece YA writer Moira Young examines why distopian novels … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Book lovers rake in the reading as publishers release fall titles It’s time to trade in the beach reads for the usually longer and more serious fall reads. The Sacramento Bee‘s Allen Pierleoni lists upcoming new titles, some by big-name … Continue reading

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Julian Barnes Wins the Man Booker Prize

Julian Barnes Wins the Man Booker Prize – NYTimes.com The novelist Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night for “The Sense of an Ending,” a slim and meditative story of mortality, frustration and regret. “The Sense of … Continue reading

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Lauren Myracle withdraws from National Book Award finalists – latimes.com

Lauren Myracle withdraws from National Book Award finalists – latimes.com. This story is all over Twitter this morning. Here’s just one newspaper’s account of why this mess occurred. Apparently, the National Book Foundation doesn’t like the subject matter of Lauren … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Vashon Great Books club one of oldest in U.S. The Seattle Times spotlights 92-year-old Grace Crecelius: For 61 years, Grace Crecelius has cracked the books. Not just any books, mind you, but the works of Plato, Descartes and Kant, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Nine seems to be this week’s lucky number. Nine Pilgrimages For the Lover of Western Literature A pilgrimage is the focal point around which a journey wraps, not the raison d’etre per se (that is the journey itself) but rather … Continue reading

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National Book Foundation Announces This Year’s 5 Under 35 Honorees – GalleyCat

National Book Foundation Announces This Year’s 5 Under 35 Honorees – GalleyCat And the winners are: The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (selected by Nicole Krauss) Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans … Continue reading

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Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize for Literature – NYTimes.com

Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize for Literature – NYTimes.com Tomas Transtromer, the Swedish poet whose sometimes bleak but powerful work explores themes of nature, isolation and identity, won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.  

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Monday Miscellany

The greatest death scenes in literature Five judges of the 2012 Wellcome Trust book prize for medicine in literature ponder the question “What makes for a great literary death scene?” Tim Lott calls their choices “eclectic.” Take a look, and … Continue reading

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