"The fantasist, whether he uses the ancient archetypes of myth and legend or the younger ones of science and technology, may be talking as seriously as any sociologist— and a great deal more directly— about human life as it is lived, and as it might be lived, and as it ought to be lived."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our 2014 Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Medalist Ursula K. Le Guin!
You can read the full text of Ms. Le Guin’s 1973 National Book Award acceptance speech here and read her birthday blog post here.
RG @lastnightsreading: a 2014 #NBAwards Finalist, Marilynne Robinson at @92ndstreety, 10/20/14
And I feel my heart breaking as the light reflecting on my face is filtered slowly out. —
Before his novel, Noggin, was a National Book Award Finalist, John Corey Whaley shared some of his poetry with YARN.
This quote is taken from a poem John Corey Whaley wrote some years ago during a challenge he and his friend, Randi Anderson, dubbed the “Random Word Challenge.” To read more about the challenge, the poem this quote is taken from, and more original John Corey Whaley poetry, check out this article John Corey Whaley wrote for YARN.
Wilde didn’t [meet Walt Whitman] to learn how to be a famous writer. That, he was certain, he would later teach himself. He went to learn how to be a famous person. It would be hard to imagine a more apt pairing of teacher and student. — from The New Republic’s “Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Once Spent an Afternoon Together.”
Aging in America: Stuck in the middle -
National Book Award Finalist Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning to discuss the struggle to cope with aging parents.
Hell is the absence of the people you long for. — Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (via dustyhalo)
"The Dream Songs is a world in its own right, and the personality of Berryman’s randy doppelgänger, Henry, is what makes that world go round. "
For the centennial of poet John Berryman’s birth, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is reissuing his 1969 National Book Award winning collection The Dream Songs.
(photo: Terrence Spencer)
#TBT 0ur scrapbook of press clippings of the 1985 National Book Awards Ceremony.
I do believe that books can change lives and give people this kind of language they wouldn’t have had otherwise — Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming. She’s one of the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category. The finalists were announced today on Morning Edition. NPR’s Kat Chow interviewed Woodson earlier this year about her stories and the need for more diversity in books. (via npr)
Huzzah! Congratulations to our own WNDB advisory board member Jacqueline Woodson on being a National Book Award finalist! Congrats to all the other finalists as well!
Congratulations to Rabih Alameddine (AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN) and all the other authors who made the shortlist for the National Book Award! And thank you for allowing readers to “let the wall crumble just a bit.”
Congratulations to the 2014 National Book Award finalists! Read our Q&A with finalist Phil Klay, author of REDEPLOYMENT.
October 15, 8:40am, Mitchell Kaplan, our 2011 Literarian Award recipient and chair of Miami Book Fair International, and Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep announce our 2014 National Book Awards Finalists.
You guys! We are so VERY excited to be the ones to announce this year’s National Book Award finalists! Check out the full list here.