Tag Archives: National Book Awards

Book Award Bingo?

If I had a little more time on my hands, or at least a little more patience, this would be the time to make up some cards for Book Award Bingo. Short lists are out this week from the National Book Critics Circle, The Tournament of Books, and my perennial favorite award ceremony, The Story […]

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Sunday Links, November 24, 2013

James McBride has won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. The Washington Post has published its list of the 10 best books of the year. Kirkus offers its list of the best books of the year. It’ll be time for the Tournament of Books soon. Any thoughts on what books […]

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Sunday Links, October 20, 2013

You’ve probably heard by now that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her exquisite short stories. Her win was widely hailed by other writers. If you’ve never read her work, Book Riot has some suggestions on where to start. The finalists for the National Book Awards have been announced. The Canadian Science […]

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Man Booker Prize Extends a Hand to U.S. Authors

Apologies to whatever readers I may have left; I’m very much in the weeds these days and the expectations of academia are doing their best to separate me from the fun and spontaneity that are necessary for blogging. But I’m fighting the good fight. For starters, there’s been interesting news in the literary competition world […]

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National Book Awards, Live! Wednesday November 16

This evening in the elevator after class I was bemoaning the glut of term papers coming due in the next few weeks—and yes, I do understand that’s why they call them term papers, but sometimes you just have to vent a bit—and a classmate of mine said, “You can kiss your social life goodbye.” Fortunately […]

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

The 2011 National Book Award finalists have been announced, a nice eclectic group. And while I probably sound like a broken record by now, I’m pleased to see small presses well represented. Alongside the usual big publishers are Bellevue Literary Press, Lookout Books (an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of […]

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Keeping Out of Trouble: National Book Award Poetry Winners and NBCC Finalists

Here’s something to keep you good folks out of trouble for a while… two somethings, actually. Back in the summer of 2009, the National Book Foundation started a countdown of its 79 Fiction winners since the awards began in 1950. The series ran through September, with notes on each book by National Book Award board […]

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National Book Awards Rock On

It’s been a longish Wednesday. But something told me I would be rewarded if I just stuck it out and hung on Twitter obsessively refreshing the #nba10 hashtag for a while. Sure enough, I’m quite pleased with the National Book Award choices: Patti Smith in the Nonfiction category for Just Kids, and for Fiction, dark […]

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

This was the week that packed the one-two punch of fall literary awards, with the Nobel Prize in Literature announced on Thursday and the Man Booker winner named yesterday. The Nobel ruffled no feathers this time around, with their choice of Peruvian writer and politician Mario Vargas Llosa. He’s a popular enough figure not to […]

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Everyone is Special

While I was hanging on the National Book Awards coverage tonight with the devotion most people reserve for the Oscars, it was still good to know that for everyone who didn’t win one of the season’s coveted prizes—or didn’t even get nominated—there’s still an award with your name on it, somewhere. According to Salon‘s Laura […]

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