- Fiction: The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
- Drama: Disgraced – Ayad Akhtar
- History: Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam – Fredrik Logevall
- Biography: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo – Tom Reiss
- Poetry: Stag’s Leap - Sharon Olds
- General Nonfiction: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America – Gilbert King
- Music: Partita for 8 Voices – Caroline Shaw
Posts Tagged ‘biography’
- Awards! The Costa Book Awards category winners were announced at the beginning of the month: Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot (Biography), Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Novel), The Innocents by Francesca Segal (First Novel), The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie (Poetry) and Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Children’s Book). Significant details are that for the first time ever, a woman wins in each category, and also that a graphic novel has won. The overall winner will be announced next Tuesday. The 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize (for poetry) went to Sharon Olds for Stag’s Leap.
- Still pining for 2012? Brainpickings put all their Favorite Reads in one manageable place. Thanks for the link, Joke!
- Or looking firmly ahead at 2013? The Guardian is right there with you, and has all the literary highlights lined up for you (via Sigrid).
- Interview! The Guardian spoke with William Dalrymple, whose latest book The Return of a King is out this month. They also spoke to Olwyn Hughes, sister-in-law to Sylvia Plath.
- In case you are making traveling plans to the USA, be sure to include one of the 16 best bookstores as collected by Travel and Leisure magazine (via Steven).
- Robert Langdon returns! On May 14th, to be exact, when Dan Brown’s newest thriller Inferno hits the shelves.
- P. G. Wodehouse fans (and I’m sure you are legion): my apologies. I am dreadfully tardy with the news that the Blandings books has been turned into a BBC 6-parter. The first two episodes have aired already, but you can still catch the next four every Saturday (and see the iPlayer app to catch up). Thanks to Sigrid for the link, which was well in advance; I’ve just been lagging!
- Quiz! The Guardian commemorates the inauguration of Barack Obama with an American Presidents in Literature quiz. I scored a paltry 7/15 and earned the stinging Guardian judgement of “No, you can’t. You make W look like Umberto Eco.” Ouch!
- And finally, to offset all this dismal grey weather we’ve had, the RGB colorspace atlas (via designboom.com and Hans):
These January movies were adapted from books:
Pitch Perfect is based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by journalist Mickey Rapkin.
Lincoln is based in part on the award-winning Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
- R. I. P. Essayist, humorist and screenwriter Nora Ephron died last week, aged 71. Obituaries can be found here, here, and here.
- Julian Barnes’s ode to the book. Just lovely.
- Interview! The Guardian has a lengthy piece on John Banville, in honor of his latest, Ancient Light, as well as a talk with Martha Nussbaum about her book The New Religious Intolerance. They also have a podcast on writings in lesser known European languages. The NY Times has an interview with Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, whose latest novel The Colonel has not yet been released in his home country.
- Speaking of the Olympics, the NY Times has a great piece about the Olympic history of poetry. I never knew you could have won a gold medal in poetry up until 1948!
- Awards! The 2012 Desmond Elliott Prize (for new fiction) was won by Grace McCleen for The Land of Decoration. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction are new this year (as opposed to those for Children’s Books), and were given to Robert K. Massie for Catherine the Great (nonfiction) and Anne Enright for The Forgotten Waltz (fiction).
- Lists! HuffPost has 5 Sexy Books that Went Viral Before 50 Shades. Mentalfloss, meanwhile, found Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers (not very surprising Burroughs was an exterminator, but Douglas Adams as a bodyguard seems rather unlikely!). Graham Joyce lists his Top 10 Fairy Fictions for the Guardian. And over at Flavorwire is a list of 10 of the Strangest Apocalypses in Literature.
- Remember that Stephen King read-a-long the Guardian is having? Our Ester found you a Stephen King Universe Flowchart to go with it.
- And finally, brain food. Literally (via bookliciousblog.com). Also, absolutely stunning book art by Guy Laramee (via our Jitse).