Displaying articles for: March 2013

The Rooster Has Crowed!

The Orphan Master’s Son takes the title in the 2013 Tournament of Books.

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The Story Came to Me Whole, As All Stories Do: A Conversation with Taiye Selasi

"The story came to me 'whole,' as all stories do. I'd been waiting, thirty years I think, to write a novel—that is, to receive a story worthy of the form. It was the autumn of 2009, and I'd gone to a yoga retreat with one of my best friends in Sweden. Something about the experience—waking up every day at 5 AM to do karma yoga, pulling shrieking beets and carrots from the frozen earth, sitting in meditation meditating on hypothermia—must have jolted the thing out of me. I was standing in the shower when I saw all the Sais, all six of them, just like that. My friend and I abandoned the retreat, took the train to Copenhagen, and settled into the Admiral Hotel. It was there that I wrote the first ten pages of the novel, or perhaps more accurately: wrote them down." -- Taiye Selasi on the origin of Ghana Must Go.

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The Freddie Stories

Blessed with legions of ardent fans, Lynda Barry is nonetheless critically under- appreciated. Seach on her byline accompanied by the word "review," and you come up practically empty. Many people bump into her only in the context of her long friendship with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. And yet for nearly thirty-five years she's been producing great, funny, unique comic strips -- not graphic novels per se -- many of them centered on a quirky adolescent girl named Marlys Mullen and her family.

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Announcing the Morning News' 2013 Tournament of Books, Presented by NOOK

The Morning News’ ninth annual Tournament of Books is under way!  Each weekday throughout the month, two of 2012’s finest works of fiction go head-to-head, with the winner advancing to the next round.

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2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced their 2012 award winners Thursday night at a ceremony at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.  These awards – established in 1972 by a group of literary critics meeting at the Algonquin Hotel – remain unique in that they are nominated and awarded solely by critics and reviewers.

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.