Apr 22

Long before the publication of his New Age classic Iron John: A Book About Men, Robert Bly was a widely-acclaimed #poet and ardent anti-war activist. In 1966, Bly confounded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and in #1968 Bly won the #NBAward for his #Poetry collection The Light Around the Body. The collection’s focus on that war and its attendant consequences was a extreme departure from Bly’s earlier pastoral efforts, observes poet and essayist Patrick Rosal writing for our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for Poetry (bit.ly/NBAPoets) and expressed the poet’s “outrage (if not rancor) toward the patriarchy and materialistic culture of the time.” When Bly (pictured here with fellow Winner George F. Kennan) accepted his #NBAward, he raged from the podium at the illustrious audience gathered to celebrate: “What has the book industry done to end the war? Nothing. What have our universities done to end the war? Nothing. What have our museums, like the Metropolitan, done? Nothing. What has my own publisher, Harper & Row, done to help end the war? Nothing.”

Long before the publication of his New Age classic Iron John: A Book About Men, Robert Bly was a widely-acclaimed #poet and ardent anti-war activist. In 1966, Bly confounded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and in #1968 Bly won the #NBAward for his #Poetry collection The Light Around the Body. The collection’s focus on that war and its attendant consequences was a extreme departure from Bly’s earlier pastoral efforts, observes poet and essayist Patrick Rosal writing for our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for Poetry (bit.ly/NBAPoets) and expressed the poet’s “outrage (if not rancor) toward the patriarchy and materialistic culture of the time.” When Bly (pictured here with fellow Winner George F. Kennan) accepted his #NBAward, he raged from the podium at the illustrious audience gathered to celebrate: “What has the book industry done to end the war? Nothing. What have our universities done to end the war? Nothing. What have our museums, like the Metropolitan, done? Nothing. What has my own publisher, Harper & Row, done to help end the war? Nothing.”

Apr 21

vintageanchorbooks:

"Yet the winner [of the National Book Award] in general nonfiction… was “All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw,” an oral history of an illiterate black Alabama sharecropper. Its author, the man who compiled it from extensive interviews, was a writer named Theodore Rosengarten.  Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/books/all-gods-dangers-a-forgotten-autobiography.htmlTheodore Rosengarten’s award-winning book, All God’s Dangers, is available as an eBook: http://ow.ly/vZAaO. Nate Shaw’s father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor’s crop. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison. This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw’s oral reminiscences, is the plain-spoken story of an “over-average” man who witnessed wrenching changes in the lives of Southern black people — and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

vintageanchorbooks:

"Yet the winner [of the National Book Award] in general nonfiction… was “All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw,” an oral history of an illiterate black Alabama sharecropper. Its author, the man who compiled it from extensive interviews, was a writer named Theodore Rosengarten.  Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/books/all-gods-dangers-a-forgotten-autobiography.html

Theodore Rosengarten’s award-winning book, All God’s Dangers, is available as an eBook: http://ow.ly/vZAaO. Nate Shaw’s father was born under slavery. Nate Shaw was born into a bondage that was only a little gentler. At the age of nine, he was picking cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. At the age of forty-seven, he faced down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor’s crop. His defiance cost him twelve years in prison. This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw’s oral reminiscences, is the plain-spoken story of an “over-average” man who witnessed wrenching changes in the lives of Southern black people — and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.

(via dcy3)

Apr 18

In 1952, Marianne Moore became the first woman to win the #NBAward for #Poetry. Moore’s Collected Poems, which also won the Pulitzer Prize, demonstrates her rightful place in the canon of modern poets. On our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for #Poetry  Lee Felice Pinkas writes that "Moore can create subject matter from anything… No creature is too small, no idea too insignificant for Moore to applaud or discover." In her acceptance speech at the #NBAwards Ceremony, Moore obliquely acknowledged the skepticism that then greeted modernists’ willingness to break with poetry’s stylistic and formal conventions, saying, “I can see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.  Anyone could do what I do, and I am the more grateful that those whose judgment I trust should regard it as poetry.”

In 1952, Marianne Moore became the first woman to win the #NBAward for #Poetry. Moore’s Collected Poems, which also won the Pulitzer Prize, demonstrates her rightful place in the canon of modern poets. On our blog dedicated to the Winners of the #NBAward for #Poetry Lee Felice Pinkas writes that "Moore can create subject matter from anything… No creature is too small, no idea too insignificant for Moore to applaud or discover." In her acceptance speech at the #NBAwards Ceremony, Moore obliquely acknowledged the skepticism that then greeted modernists’ willingness to break with poetry’s stylistic and formal conventions, saying, “I can see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. Anyone could do what I do, and I am the more grateful that those whose judgment I trust should regard it as poetry.”

Apr 17

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“There is always a kind of dark, haunted quality to his writing, a kind of noir undercurrent in which he is playing on the conventions of pulp fiction and cleverly combining it with the Latin American political novel, which is something I had not seen before.” —

Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker, on the writing of Daniel Alarcón.

Daniel Alarcón and Deborah Treisman will be appearing together this Wednesday evening, April 23, at our Eat, Drink, & Be Literary series at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Buy tickets here.

nprbooks:

A little reminder to myself to finish reading Colson Whitehead’s new book, so I can pick an excerpt for next week’s First Read — yeeeeeeaah! And not only will we have an exclusive pre-publication taste of poker, beef jerky and death (well, hopefully not death, but I’m definitely down with beef jerky), I’ll also be doing a Twitter chat with Whitehead on Tuesday morning over at @nprbooks — stay tuned for details!
And in the meantime, check out our coverage of his previous books here.
— Petra

nprbooks:

A little reminder to myself to finish reading Colson Whitehead’s new book, so I can pick an excerpt for next week’s First Read — yeeeeeeaah! And not only will we have an exclusive pre-publication taste of poker, beef jerky and death (well, hopefully not death, but I’m definitely down with beef jerky), I’ll also be doing a Twitter chat with Whitehead on Tuesday morning over at @nprbooks — stay tuned for details!

And in the meantime, check out our coverage of his previous books here.

— Petra

juliafierro:

They’re here!  The finished copies of Cutting Teeth are beautiful (naked and clothed).

juliafierro:

They’re here!
The finished copies of Cutting Teeth are beautiful (naked and clothed).

(via books)

Today is Operation Teen Book Drop 2014 and we will be leaving copies of our 2013 YPL #NBAwards-honored books in various locations throughout NYC.  Look out for more #instagrams throughout the day of our books waiting for their new owners! @readergirlz #rockthedrop !!! #teens #books #teenlit #YA #NBAwards #coolfreestuff

Today is Operation Teen Book Drop 2014 and we will be leaving copies of our 2013 YPL #NBAwards-honored books in various locations throughout NYC. Look out for more #instagrams throughout the day of our books waiting for their new owners! @readergirlz #rockthedrop !!! #teens #books #teenlit #YA #NBAwards #coolfreestuff

Apr 16

Robert Penn Warren, who won the 1958 #NBAward for #Poetry, was also the nation’s first Poet Laureate, an annual appointment by the #Librarian of the U.S. Congress to raise appreciation of the writing and reading of #poetry.   After receiving the #NBAward, Warren published an excerpt of his acceptance speech in the Saturday Review in an essay titled “Formula for a Poem.” Warren wrote: “Making a poem is, for the writer, a way of trying to understand experience…” On our blog dedicated to #NBAward-Winning Poets , author Kiki Petrosino writes that Warren’s #NBAward-Winning collection, Promises, “is a magnetic collection that shows us what can happen when a poet is minutely, joyfully attentive to subject. Indeed, Warren teaches us that issues of ‘what’ can be just as crucial as ‘whom.’”

Robert Penn Warren, who won the 1958 #NBAward for #Poetry, was also the nation’s first Poet Laureate, an annual appointment by the #Librarian of the U.S. Congress to raise appreciation of the writing and reading of #poetry. After receiving the #NBAward, Warren published an excerpt of his acceptance speech in the Saturday Review in an essay titled “Formula for a Poem.” Warren wrote: “Making a poem is, for the writer, a way of trying to understand experience…” On our blog dedicated to #NBAward-Winning Poets , author Kiki Petrosino writes that Warren’s #NBAward-Winning collection, Promises, “is a magnetic collection that shows us what can happen when a poet is minutely, joyfully attentive to subject. Indeed, Warren teaches us that issues of ‘what’ can be just as crucial as ‘whom.’”

Liev Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in The Good Lord Bird

From our friends at NYMag's Vulture:
That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached to The Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride. Schreiber will play John Brown, the famed abolitionist, to Smith’s Henry, a young slave whom Brown mistakes for a girl. Listen carefully, and you can hear Will Smith screaming “The patterns are working!” all the way from L.A. (via Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in Good Lord Bird — Vulture)

Liev Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in The Good Lord Bird

From our friends at NYMag's Vulture:
That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached to The Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride. Schreiber will play John Brown, the famed abolitionist, to Smith’s Henry, a young slave whom Brown mistakes for a girl. Listen carefully, and you can hear Will Smith screaming “The patterns are working!” all the way from L.A. (via Schreiber, Jaden Smith to Star in Good Lord Bird — Vulture)

Apr 15

"I live in music. It is where my poems begin," said Terrance Hayes of his 2010 #NBAward-Winning #Poetry collection Lighthead. Jan Jelinek, Marvin Gaye, Fine Young Cannibals, Madlib, and even Orpheus, the mythic son of the Greek God Apollo, lend their artistic invention to Hayes’s daring rewiring of poetic form. On our blog dedicated to #NBAPoets, poet and critic Katie Peterson observes that Hayes’s “intense, unpredictable voice” pulls together these wide-ranging influences to pursue pressing concerns of a life lived, as Hayes writes, “out on a limb” and as well as how to survive when you’re “carrying the whimper/you can hear when the mouth is collapsed?” Hayes’s answer, Peterson writes, “is a poet’s answer: you fall in love with a word, you create a myth of heroism, you keep singing.” #NBAPoets #NBAwards #NationalPoetryMonth

"I live in music. It is where my poems begin," said Terrance Hayes of his 2010 #NBAward-Winning #Poetry collection Lighthead. Jan Jelinek, Marvin Gaye, Fine Young Cannibals, Madlib, and even Orpheus, the mythic son of the Greek God Apollo, lend their artistic invention to Hayes’s daring rewiring of poetic form. On our blog dedicated to #NBAPoets, poet and critic Katie Peterson observes that Hayes’s “intense, unpredictable voice” pulls together these wide-ranging influences to pursue pressing concerns of a life lived, as Hayes writes, “out on a limb” and as well as how to survive when you’re “carrying the whimper/you can hear when the mouth is collapsed?” Hayes’s answer, Peterson writes, “is a poet’s answer: you fall in love with a word, you create a myth of heroism, you keep singing.” #NBAPoets #NBAwards #NationalPoetryMonth