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Archive for June, 2007

Thu, June 7th, 2007
Adichie Wins the Orange
Posted by: Keir Graff

And not just a piece of fruit, either. Her book, Half of a Yellow Sun, has won the Orange Prize, and with it, about $60,000 (presumably because of the poetic nature of her prose). From Reuters, via the New York Times (“Nigerian Author Wins Top Women’s Fiction Prize“): LONDON (Reuters) – Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi […]


Tue, June 5th, 2007
The Road Leads to Middlesex
Posted by: Keir Graff

And because I came for the Cormac and didn’t stay for the Bono, I missed Oprah’s newest Book Club pick: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Read the Booklist review: In his second novel, the author of The Virgin Suicides (1993) once again proves himself to be a wildly imaginative writer, this time penning a coming-of-age tale, […]


Tue, June 5th, 2007
It Pairs Nicely with a Sack of Ashes
Posted by: Keir Graff

And speaking of Oprah, I just watched her interview of Cormac McCarthy on the TV in Miriam’s, the ALA staff lounge. McCarthy breaks his interview silence for this? Despite a couple of nods to The Road‘s portentious tone and apocalyptic theme, Oprah concentrated on more predictable fare: the author’s poverty-stricken early years. Was it true he’d once been thrown […]


Mon, June 4th, 2007
Will Oprah get Byrned?
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Chicago Reader‘s Spring Books Special, Julia Rickert records her strong suspicion that Rhonda Byrne fabricated a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote in her bestselling book, The Secret (“A Little Secret about The Secret“): So what? you may be asking. The question came up a lot in discussions of Frey’s dishonesty, and back then the only answer with […]


Fri, June 1st, 2007
Charles Rappleye Wins the George Washington
Posted by: Keir Graff

From pink-slipped to prizewinner: Charles Rappleye, a former investigative journalist who used his free time after being fired to get going on that book he’d always wanted to write, has won the George Washington Book Prize. From (where else?) the Washington Post (“Biographer Wins Washington Prize for Book on Slave Trade,” by DeNeen L. Brown): Charles Rappleye, […]





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