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Free Samples of the 2013 Orion Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2013 Orion Book Award have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the finalists for your reading pleasure.

The prize honors both nonfiction and fiction, producing a unique mix of authors. Here’s more about the prize:

Each spring, just before Earth Day, an important book is presented with the Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner … This year’s selection committee includes National Book Award winner and celebrated essayist Ursula K. Le Guin; best-selling author of The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Luis Alberto Urrea; renowned book critic and founder of BookSlut.com, Jessa Crispin; author and Orion contributing editor Erik Reece; and Orion’s associate editor, Hannah Fries.

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Author Photo Confidential

inman_bw_nolights(hi-res).jpgIn at least one major magazine, an author’s fortunes can rise and fall on the strength of an author photo.

NPR’s Morning Edition studied the evolving art of the author photo this morning, looking at a David Foster Wallace book jacket shoot and pondering how glossy magazines have changed the book industry. The short feature interviewed Alfred A. Knopf publicity director Nicholas Latimer, Bookslut blogger Jessa Crispin, and Inman Majors (pictured).

Latimer had a surprising tidbit gleaned from a Publishers Publicity Association luncheon: “[People Magazine editors] have actually gone on record saying in a group of publicists: ‘If you have an attractive looking author, there’s a better chance that your book will be reviewed.’” (Via Rebecca Skloot)