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National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples

The National Book Award finalists were revealed today on the Think Out Loud radio show. We live blogged all the action. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the finalists.

Here’s more about the announcement: “The twenty Finalists for the 62nd National Book Awards will be announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.”

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Malcolm X Biography Review Generates Controversy

After TheRoot.com rejected Karl Evanzz review of the late Manning Marable‘s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Evanzz posted a shortened version of the negative review on his blog–causing a stir among academics.

The Washington Post explained: “The flap is gaining attention in the intense world of Malcolm X studies, where theories about the civil rights leader’s life can be as polarizing as the man himself. The controversy was reported Wednesday on Richard Prince’s Journal-isms media criticism blog.”

The review, entitled “Paper Tiger: Manning Marable’s Poison Pen,” strongly criticized the biography. According to the Post, managing editor Joel Dreyfuss informed Evanzz that the piece would not be published and Evanzz received a $100 kill fee. (via Ron Charles)

Manning Marable Has Died

Scholar Manning Marable (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 60-years-old.

Marable served as professor of history and political science at Columbia University. According to The Root, he had been working on the biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention for a decade. Penguin Group (USA) released it today and currently holds the #4 spot on Amazon’s biography & memoirs’ bestsellers list.

His widow, Leith Mullings Marable, shared these thoughts: “I think he would want to be remembered for having contributed to the black freedom struggle. He would want to be remembered for being both a scholar and an activist and as someone who saw the two as not being separated. He believed that both [callings] went together and enhanced each other.”