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Archive for April, 2007

Mon, April 30th, 2007
L.A. Times Book Prizes: The Road Not Taken
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded (“Los Angeles Times Book Prizes awarded,” by Josh Getlin, Los Angeles Times). (I wrote it that way on purpose and it’s even more redundant than I ever dreamed.) And, yes, they do things differently on the Left Coast: Fiction A Woman in Jerusalem, by A. B. […]


Fri, April 27th, 2007
King King of the Edgars
Posted by: Keir Graff

The winners of the 2007 Edgar Awards have been announced. Not only that, statuettes have been given to the winners. Best Novel The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin (Farrar) Best First Novel by an American Author The Faithful Spy, by Alex Berenson (Random) Best Paperback Original Snakeskin Shamisen, by Naomi Hirahara (Bantam/Delta) Best Fact Crime Manhunt: The […]


Fri, April 27th, 2007
“Do not judge or censor what you are writing”–we’ve got that covered
Posted by: Keir Graff

More details from the Chicago Tribune in the case of the student who was arrested for doing his homework (“Student’s writing brings disorderly conduct charge,” by Jeff Long). Specifically, details of the assignment, which was called “Free Writing”: “Write whatever comes to your mind. Do not judge or censor what you are writing.” Now, upon […]


Thu, April 26th, 2007
When we told you to express your emotions, we meant emotions we wanted to hear
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m certainly proud to live in a country where we don’t compound tragedy with hysteria. This morning’s Chicago Tribune (“Massacre fallout: Charges for essay,” by Jeff Long and Carolyn Starks) reports that a high school student in Cary, Illinois was arrested — arrested! — and charged with disorderly conduct for writing an essay that disturbed his teacher. The […]


Wed, April 25th, 2007
What, again?
Posted by: Keir Graff

An unforgivable delay, I know, but the days have been so full of Cormac McCarthy winning awards that one forgets which ones one has recorded and which ones one has not. But: by a score of 15 to 2, the winner of the 2007 Tournament of Books is…*drumroll*…yes, I know it’s inevitable…ladies and gentlemen…please give […]


Wed, April 25th, 2007
David Halberstam, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

David Halberstam’s untimely death won’t be news to anyone today, but it took me until today to sift through some of the obituaries and tributes. The legacy of his Vietnam reporting is, of course, far-reaching, and his books, on an impressively wide range of subjects, have informed and inspired many readers. I was struck by […]


Tue, April 24th, 2007
Bowllocks
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s a tool to be used judiciously, but I’ve always appreciated reviews written in the same style as the work under review. (I’ve done it twice myself, with Tom Paine’s The Pearl of Kuwait and James Ellroy’s Destination! Morgue.) And now, in the Guardian, John Crace does it — well, it’s theoretically a “digested read,” but it’s […]


Tue, April 24th, 2007
Easy For Me to Say
Posted by: Keir Graff

As “newspapers have begun to forsake books and their readers,” The National Book Critics Circle has launched a Campaign to Save Book Reviews: And we’re getting tired of it. We’re tired of watching individual voices from local communities passed over for wire copy. We’re tired of book editors with decades of experience shown the exit. […]


Mon, April 23rd, 2007
I’ll Granta You That
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, only 11 years later, Granta will publish its second “Best of Young American Novelists” issue. Despite claims that the list carries a lot less weight now than it did (“The novel has become like landscape painting,” sniffs an editor at FSG), there’s bound to be plenty of talk about what the composition of the […]


Mon, April 23rd, 2007
Richardson and Kirby Win the Bancroft
Posted by: Keir Graff

The winners of the 2007 Bancroft Awards, said by the givers to be “one of the most coveted honors in the field of history,” have been announced: William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism, by Robert D. Richardson (Houghton) Mockingbird Song, by Jack Temple Kirby (Univ. of North Carolina) Because these are not works […]





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