Alternative Nobel Prize Announced

July 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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After a sex scandal prompted The Swedish Academy to postpone this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, a group of Swedish intellectuals formed an organization called The New Academy. The organization announced its intention to present an international literary prize in 2018 "as a reminder that literature should be associated with...

I Don't Remember the Whole Title but it had Something to do with Lying

July 10, 2018 | M. Elwood

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These books have a few things in common: They are all thrillers. They were all published within the last two years. They all have a plot that revolves around a secret or secrets from the recent or distant past. And each of them has a title that includes a variation...

Celebrities Publishing

July 3, 2018 | Lynn

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Celebrities are extending their reach into the publishing world, either with their own books, their own publishing company or imprint, or they are simply promoting books they are enjoying themselves. The famous SJP aka Sarah Jessica Parker recently announced that she has a publishing imprint where she will acquire and...

Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018

July 3, 2018 | Andrea

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"For a brief time, I was here; and, for a brief time, I mattered." –Harlan Ellison Science fiction lost another influential writer when Ellison passed away on June 28 at the age of 84. Although he bristled at being pigeonholed, Ellison was recognized as a Grand Master of the genre...

Time Travel Books for Timeless Fans

June 28, 2018 | M. Elwood

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When NBC announced the cancellation of Timeless, fans of the television show launched a passionate campaign to save it. I love time travel on screen and on the page even when there are gaping logic holes, so I began watching it on Netflix. The show is about an Elon Musk-type...

Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

June 8, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis. Anthony Bourdain Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in...

Richard Peck, 1934-2018

May 24, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Richard Peck, award-winning writer of young adult books, was born and spent his childhood in Decatur, Illinois. He credited his parents with inspiring his writing career. He loved the stories his mother read him when he was small declaring, "I wanted to be a writer before I could read". His...

Philip Roth, 1933-2018

May 23, 2018 | Book Buzz

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"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive." – Philip Roth American novelist Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He described his childhood as happy and secure. Roth briefly attended Newark College of Rutgers University intending to become a lawyer. He soon...

No Joy for the Wodehouse Prize Judges

May 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Another unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. David Campbell, publisher...

Tom Wolfe, 1931 - 2018

May 15, 2018 | Wendy

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Author Tom Wolfe participates in the White House Salute to American Authors hosted by Laura Bush, Monday, March 22, 2004. White House Photo by Susan Sterner. Tom Wolfe, author of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff" and "Bonfire of the Vanities", has died, aged 87. Wolfe's 1973 anthology,...