George Saunders at the 2014 Story Prize Ceremony, 3/5/14
While the situation is better today than it was several years ago, public school libraries still do not have enough books, especially those that are current and compelling for kids. —
Carolyn Rodriguez, vice president, program, and administrative manager for City National Bank’s Reading is the Way Up, a 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize Winner.
On March 4, City National Bank awarded 80 Reading is the Way Up literacy grants totalling more than $86,000 to schools in California, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia.
A 2007 5 Under 35 honoree for Petropolis, Ulinich’s long-awaited second novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, arrives this summer.
I have an author website now! www.anyaulinichbooks.com has my bio, events, and all that kind of authorish stuff.
Whoever looks for the writer’s thinking in the words and thoughts of his characters is looking in the wrong direction. Seeking out a writer’s ‘thoughts’ violates the richness of the mixture that is the very hallmark of the novel. The thought of the novelist that matters most is the thought that makes him a novelist. —
Philip Roth has won two National Book Awards and also was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Americans Letters in 2002.
WORD Brooklyn is proud to present the top ten bestselling books for the month of February!
- Nigerians in Space by Deji Olukotun
- The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
- Tenth of December by George Saunders
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
- The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
- Detroit by Charlie LeDuff
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- Afghan Post by Adrian Bonenberger
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
(via Exclusive: Over 60 years, women have made steady progress with National Book Awards)
#NBAwards Winner Denis Johnson has a new short story in this week’s New Yorker.
“For me, seven years is fast. Most of my pieces have taken ten to twelve years from the time of the initial impulse to the day I abandon them, and I’ve gone as long as twenty-five years.”
The New Yorker interviews Denis Johnson. Listen to the author read his story “Hippies” here, and listen to Wallace Shawn read an excerpt from “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking” here.
Urban Outfitters speaks with Jaime Hernandez about the illustrated THIS HIS HOW YOU LOSE HER for their blog.
Jaime Hernandez, an illustrator from Los Angeles, is best known for his comic book series Love and Rockets. The series, which Hernandez writes and illustrates with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to be a mainstay in the alternative comic movement. Last fall Hernandez teamed up with Riverhead Books to illustrate Junot Diaz’s book This Is How You Lose Her, a heartbreaking and tender collection of stories from Diaz that celebrates and laments his character Yunior’s relationships with the women in his life. We were lucky enough to talk to Hernandez from his home in Los Angeles about illustrating and writing female characters.
Read more: http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/blog/fine_print_jaime_hernandez
Coming soon from #NBAwards Finalist George Saunders
Pat yourself on the back & get this new work on kindness by George Saunders on the ides of April
People in real life so often do not know what they want. People trick themselves, lie to themselves, fool themselves. It’s called survival, and self-mythology. — The Useless Truth, Jonathan Lee interviews Rachel Kushner - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)