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President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book store Politics and Prose over the weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
On the outing with his daughters, the president purchased 17 books, according to reports. National Book Award winners Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Age of Ambition:Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, as well as NBA Finalist All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr were on his shopping list.
The New York Times has more about the shopping trip:
Mr. Obama spotted a new book behind the register, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The president noted that he looked “lonely” on the cover, and Malia asked, “How is he already writing a book?”
Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has launched a new digital publication called Scribner Magazine.
Here’s more from the press release: “Inspired by the publisher’s celebrated sister publication Scribner’s Magazine (1887-1939), but reimagined for the 21st century reader, Scribner Magazine will feature original writing and interactive media, along with written and audio book excerpts, photo galleries, author-curated music playlists, bookseller reviews, and articles that offer a glimpse inside the world of publishing. Scribner Magazine also integrates Scribner’s popular Twitter feed, and the site highlights current Scribner book news and author events, so consumers can stay informed about their favorite writers.”
The first issue features a diverse range of content such as rare photographs from the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition, an audio recording of the “Something That Needs Nothing” short story written and read by Miranda July, and pieces from several high profile contributors. Novelist Anthony Doerr wrote an essay about the writing process for All The Light We Cannot See, actor James Franco reveals how he became a writer in an essay, and Betsy Burton, a bookseller from The King’s English Bookshop, penned a review of Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.
According to the press release, the editorial team chose the top 10 from a pool of 480 books. We’ve reprinted the top 10 books below.
Today the three finalists for the annual Story Prize were revealed: Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li (Random House), and Death Is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca (W. W. Norton).
Story Prize director Larry Dark assembled the announcement video embedded above using the video creation tools at xtranormal. In an email, Dark hinted that this dashing computer animation with a British accent could return in the future.
Here’s more about the prize, from the video: “Congratulations to the authors of these outstanding short story collections. Please join us at the New School on March 2 for our award event. We hope to see you there. For more information go to www.thestoryprize.org. And remember: Keep It Short.”
In a new partnership with the Pen American Center, the Anchor Books imprint announced that the annual “O. Henry Prize Stories” anthology as the “PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.”
Here’s more from the release: “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City.” (Via NYT)