Well, last night in NYC the winners of the NBCC awards were announced. By category, the list below:
– Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (Riverhead)
– Nonfiction: Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington (Doubleday)
– Autobiography: Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf)
– Biography: Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal (Yale University Press)
– Poetry: Elegy by Mary Jo Bang (Graywolf)
– Criticism: The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross (FSG)
James Frey, author of the forthcoming Bright Shiny Morning, has quite the blog: Big Jim Industries. Give a look-see, yah?
My man Wenclas is keeping it up over at Happy American Literature.
Bad news: federal funding has been cut for Reading is Fundamental, “a non-profit organization, founded in 1966, that distributes free books and literacy materials to children in need and promotes reading for both children and families, organizes book festivals and more.” Our friends at Eos have the full.
Organizers of the EDS Dylan Thomas Prize, which “is intended to honor the best published writer in English under the age of 30 from anywhere in the world” and awards them about $119, are looking for more entrants from North America.
Keith Gessen reads from his novel, All the Sad Young Literary Men, and Joshua Cohen reads from his novel, A Heaven of Others, in this week’s Sunday Night Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar 85 East 4th Street 7 PM
Oh, and Dandy in the Underworld goes on sale in less than a week!