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World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Wendell Berry Wins the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has named Wendell Berry as the winner of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The award comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

Berry will be honored at a gala ceremony scheduled to take place on November 3rd. Tim O’Brienlast year’s winner, will present the award to him. Berry’s essays, books, and extensive body of work has influenced many writers including Bill McKibbenMichael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver.

He gave this statement in the release: “In a time that spends so many words and dollars upon conflict, it is encouraging to be noticed for having said a few words in favor of peace.”

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Michael Pollan & Out of Print Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The 3rd Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam will take place at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Join in on Tuesday, April 23rd starting 1:00 p.m. (New York, NY)

New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan will appear at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) to talk about his new book, Cooked. Hear him on  Tuesday, April 23rd starting 7:00 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Harper’s Revives Folio Section with John le Carré Excerpt

Harper’s Magazine has revised its Folio section, printing the first chapter novelist John le Carré‘s A Delicate Truth. The magazine also published Afterword by the great spy novelist.

The series began in 1992 with “Pafko at the Wall” by Don DeLillo. In a publisher’s note, John R. MacArthur shared a bit of history about the Folio section, adding some editorial history about fears for long form writing in magazines. Check it out:

Like many things in the history of Harper’s, Folio was conjured from a mix of editorial vision and practical necessity. When Tina Brown was appointed editor of The New Yorker in June 1992, I assumed she would begin running much shorter pieces. Harper’s response, I told Lewis Lapham, Michael Pollan, and Gerry Marzorati at a hastily organized lunch, should be from time to time to run much longer pieces that might not only satisfy the cravings of frustrated New Yorker readers but also accommodate Harper’s contributors who simply needed more space to say what they wanted to say … We’re still committed to concision, of course, but in this age of web-driven snippets, we believe there’s all the more need for writers to be able to think in depth and at sufficient length to tell complex stories.

Occupy Oakland Gets Support from Authors

More than 50 writers have signed a petition condemning “the violent crackdown on peaceful, nonviolent Occupy Oakland protesters” earlier this week. The document includes signatures from authors Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit and Dave Eggers.

Here is an excerpt: “As writers, authors, editors, filmmakers and artists from across the country, we believe free speech and assembly are paramount to democracy. We urge you to cease the police crackdowns immediately, and stop trampling on protesters’ First Amendment rights. As Mayor, you are ultimately responsible for the actions of your police department, and by all accounts they have behaved shamefully—attacking, beating, and tear-gassing people who were assembled peaceably in nonviolent protest. Mayor Quan, let free speech and assembly have its day, and its night, and stop your police from these terrible and entirely unnecessary attacks. The country is watching. Let the protesters speak and assemble, and end the attacks—now.”

During Occupy Oakland protests this week, hundreds of police officers have clashed with activists. 24-year-old Scott Olsen was hit in the head by a police projectile. He has been hospitalized ever since and will have surgery to reduce swelling in his brain. Doctors upgraded his condition to “fair” yesterday.

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Francine Prose Wins International Humanities Medal

Writer Francine Prose (pictured) has been awarded the Washington University International Humanities Medal, a biennial award that includes a $25,000 prize.

Prose accepted her award with an address titled, “Ten Things Art Can Do.” Only three individuals have won this award, including  novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) and journalist Michael Pollan (2008).

Prose currently serves as president of the PEN American Center and a visiting professor at Bard College. Her first novel, Judah the Pious was published in 1973. In 2009 she released two titles, the YA novel Touch and the nonfiction book Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife.

James Beard Foundation Awards Book Nominees Announced

jamesbeard2.gifAs one GalleyCat editor wondered about dinner, the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees were announced this afternoon.

Since 1990, the foundation has given awards for excellence in the food and beverage industry. Nominations for the prestigious foodie awards were made in many categories, including Broadcast Media, Journalism, Book Awards, Design and Graphics, and Restaurant and Chef.

The awards include 11 different categories for tasty books. Here are your writing and literature nominees: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan (The Penguin Press); “Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China” by Fuchsia Dunlop (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.); and “Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef” by Betty Fussell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). (Via Times Online)

Scene @ NBCC Finalists Announcement Party

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When I arrived a few minutes early to Housing Works for the National Book Critics Circle‘s annual bash to announce their award finalists, I figured – like most parties – there would be a few stragglers and the food & drink stations wouldn’t even be fully set up yet. Guess again. Already packed, within ten minutes the bookstore was fully SRO, and it was impossible to move a square inch without bumping into one notable critic after another. Amy Bloom (left, pictured with independent publicist Kimberly Burns and PW’s Charlotte Abbott) was on hand to announce the fiction finalists, which was met with the usual mix of positive responses and grumbling undertone. Francine Duplessis Gray, in announcing the memoir/autobiography category, remarked that this category honored those with a penchant for self-indulgence, while Eliot Weinberger cracked that the criticism category was “the most prestigious for the most contentious.” The greatest round of applause was reserved for Alison Bechdel‘s FUN HOME, one of two books (the other Michael Pollan‘s AN OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA) voted onto the shortlist by the membership.

Among the many, many literati making the scene were Lizzie Skurnick (who’s recently been hired on by New York Magazine), the Complete Review‘s Michael Orthofer, Viking publisher Paul Slovak, Soft Skull‘s Richard Nash, Eat the Press’s Rachel Sklar, Emily Gordon, Poets & WritersDoug Diesenhaus, and former Balakian winner Scott McLemee, on hand to announce Steven G. Kellman as the category’s newest honoree.