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Duff McKagan Memoir Makes LA Librarians’ ‘Book of the Year’ List

Need a book to read over your holiday vacation? Or in the spare minutes your Scrooge-boss lets you free between finishing your TPS reports? The librarians at the LA Public Library have put together a list of the best books of 2011. We hadn’t read a single one. We’re not sure if that’s because we’re lazy and pea-brained, or because the list includes GN’R bassist Duff McKagan‘s memoir It’s So Easy: And Other Lies. Guillermo del Toro‘s The Night Eternal is also on there.

Weightier fare like Julian BarnesThe sense of an Ending also made the cut.

Sadly, the longest piece of fiction we’ve been able to get through in the past few months was Mikhail Saltykov‘s How a Muzhik Fed Two Officials. Biting Russian satire in under 10 pages!

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Man Booker Prize Winner Announced

The winner of the prestigious (and lucrative) Man Booker Prize was announced today. Sadly (for Angeleno pride anyway), former LA bartender and Terri screenwriter Patrick deWitt did not win for his novel The Sisters Brothers. DeWitt was one of six writers on the short list for the award. Instead, British author Julian Barnes wound up winning the award and its $80,000 prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending.

DeWitt spoke to the LA Weekly earlier this month about his book and his time in Los Angeles. Barnes did not. So even though he won, we’re going to keep this a deWitt-centric post.

Party Photos: Celebrating The Holidays With Mediabistro

holiday party.jpgLast night, mediabistro.com kicked off the holiday party season with its own candy cane maritini-soaked shindig. We got to Tribeca Cinemas early, commandeered a big bowl of popcorn and snagged a spot at the bar, where we could get a good view of the party-goers on their way in.

Some of our fellow bloggers were also in attendance, in addition the event’s bubbly hostess, mediabistro.com’s senior editor Donya Blaze (left). TVNewser editors Chris Ariens and Kevin Allocca, as well as GalleyCat editor Jason Boog, were all there, mixing and mingling with the crowd.

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TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca, Mediaite.com’s Steve Krakauer and TVNewser’s Chris Ariens

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