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Posts Tagged ‘George Packer’

National Book Awards Winners for 2013

nationalbookawardJames McBride has won the fiction award for The Good Lord Bird from Riverhead Books.

George Packer has won the nonfiction award for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Mary Szybist won the Poetry award for Incarnadine from Graywolf Press.

The Young People’s Literature award went to Cynthia Kadohata for her book The Thing About Luck from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

The National Book Award winners for 2013 were revealed tonight.  You can read free samples of all the winners below to help fill your eReader or tablet.

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? Read more

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How to Build a Better Literary Panel Discussion

14648.jpgHow do you build a better literary panel discussion? The NY Observer talked to a star-studded line-up of literary experts at the opening gala for the PEN World Voices Festival, getting some varied answers to that burning question.

New Yorker festival organizer Rhonda Sherman explained that journalists and authors David Remnick, George Packer, and Adam Gopnik are some of the best moderators in the business. PEN American Center President Francine Prose (pictured) recalled a recent panel that lasted, amazingly, five-and-a-half hours.

Sherman also offered this sage advice: “In general, it’s not a party unless there’s blood on the floor … There needs to be tension on a panel. You need to have some disagreement. If everyone agrees on the panel, it’s a total snooze-a-thon.” (Via Literary Saloon)