- Awards! The National Book Critics Circle has announced its award winners! These are invariably excellent books, so I will mention them all. Biography: How to Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell; Poetry: One With Others: [a little book of her days] by C. D. Wright; Criticism: Lyric Poetry and Modern Russia: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare Cavenaugh; Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson; Autobiography: Half a Life by Darin Strauss; Fiction: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
- More Awards! The prestigious Story Prize (for short stories) was handed to Anthony Doerr for his collection Memory Wall. Ron Chernow won the American History Book Prize for Washington: A Life. The NAACP Image Awards (celebrating “outstanding achievements and performances by people of color in the arts”) for literature can be found here. The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Awards (for science fiction) has been announced and on it you will find: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, The Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, Generosity by Richard Powers, Declare by Tim Powers (no relation), and Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan.
- If the US Department of Defense does it, then the British Ministry of Defence must follow suit, it seems. Twenty-four thousand copies of Dead Men Risen by Toby Harnden were bought up by the ministry and pulped; an altered version will be published March 17th.
- C. S. Lewis’s translation of The Aeneid has resurfaced, after it was always believed to have been burned in a bonfire. It will be included in the upcoming C. S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid.
- Flavorwire highlights 10 literary power couples. Can you think of any more? Jim Butcher and Shannon K. Butcher jump to mind straight away, although they might not qualify as a “power” couple in flavorwire’s terms.
- Looks like there will be a third Bridget Jones book! No word yet on possible publication dates though.
- If you have an e-reader, you can now get your e-book e-signed.
- And finally, the Tournament of Books has begun! Here’s the bracket for you to print and hang on your kitchen door:
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