“Everytime you read, you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies.”
Minimalism and Samuel Beckett were made for each other.
“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”
“Je suis un être de dialogue ; tout en moi combat et se contredit. Les Mémoires ne sont jamais qu’à demi sincères, si grand que soit le souci de vérité : tout est toujours plus compliqué qu’on ne le dit. Peut-être même approche-t-on de plus près la vérité dans le roman.”
—André Gide, Si le grain ne meurt
“Writing is a concentrated form of thinking…a young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”
“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.”
The National Book Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
The nominees are…
- Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)
- Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House)
- Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books)
- Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)
And the award goes to…Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)
- Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
- Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (Little, Brown and Company)
- Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
(W. W. Norton & Company)
- Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking
- Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books)
And the award goes to…Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)
- Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly)
- Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Carl Phillips, Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
(W.W. Norton & Company)
- Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)
And the award goes to…Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)
YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE
- Franny Billingsley, Chime (Dial Books)
- Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)
- Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper)
- Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Clarion Books)
And the award goes to…Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper)
Congratulations to all.
“Writers don’t give prescriptions. They give headaches!”
—Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah
They’re back…songs from The Smiths reimagined as Penguin book covers. The posters were commissioned from Chris Thornley (aka Raid71) by Huntingbears. Morrissy gets the cover treatment as well.
See my November 2010 post for the first three posters in the series.