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Archive for April, 2010

Wed, April 14th, 2010
2010 IMPAC Dublin Shortlist Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are eight titles on the IMPAC Dublin shortlist: The Twin, by Gerbrand Bakker The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery In Zodiac Light, by Robert Edric Settlement, by Christoph Hein The Believers, by Zoë Heller Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill God’s Own County, by Ross Raisin Home, by Marilynne Robinson  The winner will be […]


Wed, April 14th, 2010
National Poetry Month Videos? No Thanks
Posted by: Keir Graff

All month long, I’ve been meaning to check out WGBH’s videos for National Poetry Month, made for the “Poetry Everywhere” series airing on public television. I thought it might be nice to embed a few of them throughout April. Then I watched the videos and changed my mind — and not only because they’ve disabled embedding. It’s not […]


Mon, April 12th, 2010
2010 Pulitzer Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced: Fiction Tinkers, by Paul Harding History Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed Biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T.J. Stiles Poetry Versed, by Rae Armantrout General Nonfiction The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War […]


Mon, April 12th, 2010
2010 Indies Choice Book of Year Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The American Bookseller’s Association revealed this year’s victors, including Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me and Caldecott winner The Lion and the Mouse in the middle reader and picture book categories. The other honors went to: Adult Fiction Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese Adult Nonfiction The Lost City of Z, by David Grann Adult […]


Mon, April 12th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Shocking Tooth About Vampire Movies, Part One
Posted by: David Pitt

So The Twilight Saga: New Moon is out on DVD and Blu-ray. The adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s 2006 novel was panned by a lot of critics for being too slowly paced and too uninvolving, but let’s be fair here: it ain’t easy to turn a vampire novel into a movie. Consider Dracula, for example. Bram Stoker’s […]


Fri, April 9th, 2010
Reading the Screen: All the President’s Anniversaries
Posted by: David Pitt

April 9 marks the 34th anniversary of the release of All the President’s Men, the movie based on Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s 1974 book of the same name, and that seems like a good enough reason to hype the book a little. Woodward and Bernstein were, of course, the Washington Post reporters who broke […]


Thu, April 8th, 2010
Green Alert
Posted by: Donna Seaman

April brings Earth Day and The Orion Book Award .  Established in 2007, the award celebrates books “that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing.” I served as chair of the selection committee last year, and had I served this year, I would have nominated several of […]


Thu, April 8th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: The Name of the Nearest River
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The publishers of  The Name of the Nearest River knew they had something in Alex Taylor. He doesn’t look like your typical 29-year-old author,  he doesn’t dress like one, and certainly doesn’t sound like one. His volume of short stories doesn’t lend itself to the typical book trailer treatment; the novelty and authenticity of someone […]


Thu, April 8th, 2010
Historical Fiction and Genre Friction
Posted by: Keir Graff

[This is an excerpt from the editor's note of today's issue of REaD ALERT. Feel free to weigh in!] Genre fiction is hotter than ever, but how long will current genre classifications do the job? Take Steve Hockensmith’s Holmes on the Range series, for example, which is a fine and creative example of the mystery. […]


Wed, April 7th, 2010
A Novel Idea!
Posted by: Keir Graff

The April 15 issue of Booklist, Spotlight on Historical Fiction, is now live on Booklist Online. I couldn’t resist having some fun with the topic. So, in the spirit of “Reading Is My Business” and “The Read,” I humbly offer “A Novel Idea.” At first glance, Mackay-Whyte and Boodles appeared to be gentlemen. Upon closer inspection, […]





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