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Free Samples from Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List

For his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this week, President Barack Obama has packed a long list of books to read.

If you want to build a presidential reading list, we’ve put together Obama’s five reads with links to free samples of each title.

  1. 1. The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell Publisher Mulholland Books describes this work: “The Bayou Trilogy highlights the origins of a one-of-a-kind author, a writer who for over two decades has created an indelible representation of the shadows of the rural American experience and has steadily built a devoted following among crime fiction aficionados and esteemed literary critics alike.” Read more
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Try to Top the “Most Laudatory Quote Ever Attached to a Book”

endland.jpg.pngToday The Guardian teased a blurb written by Nicole Krauss for David Grossman‘s upcoming novel, To the End of the Land–calling it “possibly the most laudatory quote ever attached to a book.”

Here’s an excerpt from the blurb: “Grossman may be the most gifted writer I’ve ever read; gifted not just because of his imagination, his energy, his originality, but because he has access to the unutterable, because he can look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity.”

In the comments section, the Guardian urged reader to top the quote with even more flowery language. However, readers must write the blurb for Dan Brown‘s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Follow this link to join the summer fun.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Win Literary Peace Prize

peaceprize.jpgMarried journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

In addition, the literary organization announced the finalists for this year’s $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes in fiction and nonfiction. The fiction list included “Beijing Coma” by Ma Jian, “Writing in the Dark” by David Grossman, “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan, and “Dust from our Eyes: an Unblinkered Look at Africa” by Joan Baxter. See the complete list of finalists here.

Here’s more from the prize release: “Since becoming the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests for the New York Times, Kristof and WuDunn have collaborated on such influential, milestone books as ‘China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.’ In 2006, Kristof received a second Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times op-ed columns on Darfur.”

Writers and Poets Run Israeli Newspaper

newspaper23.jpgIsrael’s oldest newspaper surprised 50,000 readers this week, giving the paper’s journalists a vacation–turning over the newspaper to writers and poets.

In honor of Hebrew Book Week, Dov Alfon, editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily Haaretz, contracted a number of famous Israeli authors to write the paper’s normal sections. According to Forward, the results were interesting, to say the least.

Here’s more from the article: “The TV review by Eshkol Nevo opened with these words: ‘I didn’t watch TV yesterday.’ And the weather report was a poem by Roni Somek, titled ‘Summer Sonnet’ … David Grossman, one of Israel’s most famed novelists, spent a night at a children’s drug rehabilitation center in Jerusalem and wrote a cover page story about the tender exchanges between the patients.”

Jonathan Safran Foer and David Grossman Celebrate Bruno Schulz

c21446.jpgArtist and author Bruno Schulz only published two books–”Cinnamon Shops” and “Sanatorium Under the Sign of Hourglass”–before he was murdered by the Gestapo in 1942.

Tonight authors David Grossman and Jonathan Safran Foer will host a tribute to the great Polish novelist at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The show starts at 8 pm, and will feature a screening of the Quay Brothers’ animated film Street of Crocodiles–an adaptation of the Schulz short story.

Here’s more from the release: “‘I wanted to write a book that would tremble on the shelf,’ wrote Israeli novelist David Grossman, whose ‘See Under: Love’ stands as a lasting tribute to Schulz. ‘That would equal the blink of an eye in a man’s life…the kind of ‘life’ that Schulz’s writing showed me.”