Reblogged from nprbooks, but PLUS handy links to the books (print and audio) that we have in our own AADL catalog…
Today’s top book news item:
The 13-book longlist for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most prominent literary award, was announced Wednesday. The prize is traditionally open to writers from countries in the Commonwealth and Ireland, but this year marks the first time the award will “recognise, celebrate and embrace authors of literary fiction writing in English, whether from Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai.”
Opening the longlist to Americans sparked fears that Commonwealth authors would have a harder time making it onto the list, and indeed the list includes only one Commonwealth author — Richard Flanagan of Australia — and no authors from Africa or India. The winner will be announced in October. Here’s the full list:
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (U.S.)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (U.S.)
- The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (U.S.)
- J by Howard Jacobson (U.K.)
- The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (U.K.)
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (U.K.)
- The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (U.K.)
- Us by David Nicholls (U.K.)
- The Dog by Joseph O’Neill (U.S.)
- Orfeo by Richard Powers (U.S.)
- How to be Both by Ali Smith (U.K.)
- History of the Rain by Niall Williams (Ireland)
Debbie Harry in her New York apartment with Andy Warhol portrait of her, 1988. / We Hearth
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Q:I don't follow enough book blogs, so could you maybe recommend some for me to follow? Thank you (:
Of course I can recommend some blogs :) There are plenty of awesome book blogs out there, with super awesome people running them (in no particular order):
There are tons more and these are only the ones off the top of my head. I’m so sorry to whoever I may have forgotten, it was unintentional.
Have a lovely day!
'Goodnight Moon' does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure.
Many children’s books do, particularly for this age, as kids love repetition and the books supply it. They often end as we expect, with a circling back to the start, and a fun twist. This is satisfying but it can be forgettable.
Kids — people — also love depth and surprise, and ‘Goodnight Moon’ offers both. Here’s what I think it does that is so radical and illuminating for writers of all kinds, poets and fiction writers and more…
NYPL put together a fantastic list of STEM topics in fiction, poetry and graphic novel formats, including Primates, by local author Jim Ottavianni. Check out his graphic novels (including a few titles downloadable for free to AADL cardholders!) in the AADL collection!
(via Putting a New Spin on STEM | The New York Public Library)