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2011 National Book Awards – Occupying Wall Street

The 62nd National Book Award ceremony took place at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City this evening. Hosting the awards benefit was actor and author John Lithgow whose recently published memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, has received critical acclaim. A list of finalists can be found at the end of this post, but the … Continue reading

New York, New York: Upcoming Event with Authors Darin Strauss, Lynne Tillman and David Hajdu

New York City as muse — it happens all the time, but to what end? If you happen to be in NYC this weekend, check out this upcoming event led by Jane Ciabattari, past president and current online VP of the National Book Critics Circle. NBCC award honorees Darin Strauss, Lynne Tillman, David Hajdu talk … Continue reading

Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design by Suzi Moore McGregor and Nora Burba Trulsson

Much more than a beautiful coffee table book, Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design is a well-written introduction to a trend in homebuilding worth following, especially considering the ever increasing need for sustainable living and desire for environmental harmony. The book is full of high-quality photographs taken by Terrence Moore framed by stories of the homeowners who graciously opened up … Continue reading

Burned by Love? Chat with “The Gargoyle” author, Andrew Davidson

On August 5, 2008 RandomHouse/Doubelday will release the much-anticipated novel, The Gargoyle, by Canadian author, Andrew Davidson. The debut has received more praise (follow links to The New Yorker and more below) than criticism (which comes from Entertainment Weekly, a publication whose front page boasts stories about the movie “The Mummy,” Christina Applegate’s cancer and … Continue reading

Among the Cannibals by Paul Raffaele

Perhaps not for the overly squeamish, Paul Raffaele’s book, Among the Cannibals, is sure to entice readers seeking an interesting travel narrative. Raffaele’s treatise on cannibalism is, in part, an evidential response to William Arens’ 1980 book “The Man-Eating Myth,” but also a lively, entertaining travelogue. While Arens claims that cannibalism is a myth borne … Continue reading

The Nonfiction Five Challenge

For whatever you like to read, haven’t read, want to read or need to read, there is a “challenge” out there. There is a 1% Well-Read Challenge (read 1% of the books listed in 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die), the New York Times Notable Book Challenge, the Classics Challenge, the Anything Agatha … Continue reading

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson: It just might be the last book you’ll ever need to read…

After reading The Gargoyle, my first thought was that nothing could possibly top it. After 44 years (I started early) of reading anything I could get my hands on, including Moby-Dick, reading Andrew Davidson’s debut novel made me feel as if I were done. The Gargoyle had it all – all I’d ever wanted or needed from a book. My … Continue reading

An Interview with Author Lisa See

THE BOOK: As the young women of 17th century China were drawn to the famous opera, The Peony Pavilion, author Lisa See was drawn to the 17th century text, The Three Wives’ Commentary, “the first book of its kind, having been written by women, to have been published anywhere in the world.” The fruit of … Continue reading