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Merriam-Webster Names ‘Culture’ Word of the Year

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Merriam-Webster have chosen “culture” as the Word of the Year for the United States.

The other nine words that appear on this “top 10″ list include nostalgia, insidious, legacy, feminism, je ne sais quoi, innovation, surreptitious, autonomy, and morbidity. The team posted a word cloud image featuring all ten words on Twitter (embedded above). The web edition of this dictionary has listed several definitions for “culture”:

  • The act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education.
  • Expert care and training.
  • Enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.
  • The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
  • The act or process of cultivating living material.

Here’s more from “Culture is a big word at back-to-school time each year, but this year lookups extended beyond the academic calendar. The term conveys a kind of academic attention to systematic behavior and allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group: we speak of a ‘culture of transparency’ or ‘consumer culture.’ Culture can be either very broad (as in ‘celebrity culture’ or ‘winning culture’) or very specific (as in ‘test-prep culture’ or ‘marching band culture’).”

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Gillian Flynn Nabs Golden Globe Nomination

Gillian FlynnGone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn has earned a Golden Globe nomination in the “Best Screenplay” category. Flynn (pictured, via) worked as a professional journalist for fifteen years; this project marked her debut as a screenwriter.

The film adaptation also nabbed three other nominationsRosamund Pike for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), David Fincher for Best Director, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Original Score. The awards ceremony will take place on January 11, 2015. (via Vanity Fair)

Tiphanie Yanique Takes 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

unnamedAuthor Tiphanie Yanique has won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books/The Penguin Group).

The annual prize, awarded by The Center for Fiction, was presented to Yanique at the The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 9. Last year’s winner Margaret Wrinkle, presented the award, which includes a $10,000 cash purse.

Here is more about the novel from the press release:

Her novel is placed in the early 1900s when the Virgin Islands were transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half-brother. Each of them is unusually beautiful and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

AAP Honors Educational Publishing Leaders

AAP.Logo.Blue.RGB.Screen.ResolutionThe Association of American Publishers (AAP) has revealed the winners of the Lamplighter Honors, an award that celebrates “individual excellence in educational publishing.”

During this year’s awards ceremony, which took place last night, Frank Ferguson, founder of Curriculum Associates, was added to the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame.

This year’s Visionary Award winners include: Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital and Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. Corinne Burton, President of Teacher Created Materials, won the Member of the Year award. Kathy Hurley, Executive Vice President of Education Alliances at the Pearson Foundation, took the Ambassador Award

AAP launched the On the Rise award category for the first time this year. Winners include: Tyler Bosmeny, the co-founder and CEO of Clever; Jocelyn Leavitt the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch; and Christopher Rogers, the Media & Technology Specialist at Greene Street Friends School, as well as the Founder and Lead Director of JustMaybeCo.

Time Unveils Top 10 Lists For Fiction, Nonfiction & Young Adult Books

TimeTime magazine has unveiled the “Top 10 Everything of 2014.” Three of the lists focus solely on books: “Top 10 Fiction Books,” “Top 10 Nonfiction Books” and “Top 10 YA Books.”

The titles that claimed the top spot on each list include The Secret Place by Tana French (fiction), Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (nonfiction) and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (young adult). Did any of your favorite titles make it to the lists?

‘The New York Times’ Reveals ’100 Notable Books of 2014′ List

nytlogoThe New York Times Book Review has unveiled its list of “100 Notable Books of 2014.” It features books from the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres.

The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected the 100 titles. Follow this link to see the full list.

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreads 2014Goodreads has announced the winners of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. With 46,154 votes, Landline by Rainbow Rowell has won in the Best Fiction category.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winning titles below. Did your favorite writer make it to the end?

Read more Picks ‘Exposure’ as 2014 Word of the Year has picked “exposure” as its 2014 Word of the Year. The video embedded above shares details about the major events that occurred throughout this year that prompted this choice. The website has listed the following four definitions for this word:

  • The condition of being exposed to danger or harm.
  • The act of bringing to public attention, especially through media coverage; publicity.
  • An act or instance of bringing to light, revealing, or unmasking crime, misconduct, or evil.
  • Disclosure of something private or secret.

Here’s more from the blog: “From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. How did you see exposure in the news?” What do you think about this selection?

Oxford Dictionaries Names ‘Vape’ Word of the Year

Oxford DictionariesThe Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “vape” as the Word of the Year for the United States.

According to the OxfordWords blog, this word “originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The definition was added in August 2014: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,’ while both the device and the action can also be known as a vape. The associated noun vaping is also listed.”

As electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) rise in popularity, linguists predict that usage of word will only continue to increase. Some of the words that made it to the short list include “budtender,” “normcore,” and “slacktivism.” In past years, the organization picked “selfie,” “gif,” and “refudiate” to receive this honor.


National Book Award Winners for 2014

nationalbookawardPhil Klay has won the Fiction award for his book Redeployment from The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA).

Evan Osnos has won the Nonfiction award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Louise Gluck won the Poetry award for Faithful and Virtuous Night from Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

The Young People’s Literature award went to Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

The National Book Award winners for 2014 were revealed tonight. If you want to read all the finalists, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories below. Who was your favorite this year?

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