A Good Book Wasn't Hard to Find

Last night, at the 60th National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, the winner of the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction -- chosen by the more than 10,000 readers who voted on the National Book Foundation's website -- was announced: The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor. Here's a video of the conversation about O'Connor I had a couple of months back with foundation president, Harold Augenbraum.


Colum McCann won the 2009 NBA Fiction Award. Read former judge Tom LeClair on all the nominees here.


Other winners included:

NONFICTION: T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Life of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt.

POETRY: Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE: Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.



July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).