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NYPL’s Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers Picks 2013-2014 Fellows

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has picked 15 writers and journalists as its annual fellows.

Selected from a pool of 313 applicants, this is the 15th class of fellows for the center. These writers will get a stipend, a private office in the Cullman Center and support from the library staff.

With a diverse array of people originally from Nigeria, Turkey, England, Argentina, and Serbia, the class of 2013 includes: The fiction writers Tea Obreht, Rajesh Parameswaran, Paul La Farge, and Uwem Akpan. The historians Linda Colley and Anthony Grafton. The journalists Arthur Lubow, Elizabeth Rubin, Elif Batuman, and David Grann.

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Free Samples of Indies Choice Book Award Winners

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has revealed the winners of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, books that show “the spirit of independent bookstores.” Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the winners.

In an odd turn of events, brother and sister authors Maile Meloy and Colin Meloy tied for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award this year.

ABA CEO Oren Teicher had this statement: “After a month of voting by the owners and staff at independent bookstores across the country, we have an outstanding list of winners that reflects the types of books independent bookstores champion best … We look forward to saluting the winners and honor recipients at the Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on June 5 at BEA.”

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10 Bestselling Books with More Than 80 One-Star Reviews

Do negative reviews stop people from reading your books? Over at her blog, novelist Shiloh Walker disputed that claim in a passionate essay.

Check it out: “That negative review isn’t going to kill your career. Will it stop a few people from buying your book? Possibly–because that book may not be right for them. And FYI, one of the rants lately was that negative reviews discouraged people from reading … readers aren’t discouraged by ‘bad’ reviews. And guess what–that negative review may be the very thing that entices another reader to buy your book.”

We were so inspired by her post that we checked negative reviews of ten authors at Amazon–follow the links below to the many one-star reviews received by bestselling authors. Twilight topped the list with 669 one-star reviews. Read this list before you complain about your next bad review.

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Jennifer Weiner Analyzes Gender Balance in NYT Fiction Coverage

Novelist Jennifer Weiner has made a count of men and women reviewed by the New York Times last year.

Overall, Weiner (pictured, via)  found that out of 254 fiction reviews, nearly 60 percent of the featured books were written by men. Her long essay also counted authors reviewed multiple times by the newspaper. Follow this link to read the whole report.

Check it out: “Finally, of the works of fiction whose authors were reviewed twice (either with two full reviews, or review plus roundup) and profiled, one was a woman and ten were men. The men who received two reviews plus a profile were David Foster Wallace, Albert Brooks, Julian Barnes, Kevin Wilson, Nicholson Baker, Tom Perrotta, Russell Banks, Jeffrey Eugenides, Haruki Murakami and Allan Hollinghurst. The only woman who received two reviews plus a profile was Tea Obreht.”

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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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Granta Deconstructs Vogue Cover

The cover of the upcoming issue of Granta deconstructs women’s magazines like Vogue with with pink fonts, splashy headlines, and a connect-the-dots cover model.

Granta 115: The F Word will “explore the ways in which feminism continues to inform, address and complicate” the power balance between men and women. Publication is set for May 19th.

It will include writings by Eudora Welty, Tea ObrehtLouise Erdrich, Jeanette Winterson, and Edwidge Danticat.

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National Book Foundation Announces 5 Under 35 Honorees

nba.jpgSince 2006, the National Book Foundation (NBF) has hosted the “5 Under 35″ award ceremony to highlight the achievements of five young fiction writers.

Today, the NBF has narrowed down this year’s pool to five honorees. This year recognizes the following titles:

The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein

The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique

Once the Shore by Paul Yoon

Like last year, the “5 Under 35″ celebration will take place in Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena at the start of National Book Awards Week on Monday, November 15. Musician/Author Roseanne Cash will act as the event’s host. Music journalist Rob Sheffield will be the beat-master in charge as DJ. Author Amanda Stern will conduct interviews with the honorees, winners and finalists during the party.

New Yorker Releases “20 Under 40″ List of Writers

nykr.jpgThe literary world exhaled today as the New Yorker released its “20 Under 40″ list of young (and envy-inducing) writers.

The NY Times had the scoop: “there is an even number of men and women, a characteristic that Deborah Treisman, the magazine’s fiction editor, called ‘a rewarding accident, in terms of what it says about equal opportunity on the literary playing field these days.’ (The 1999 list included only five women, The New York Observer noted in May.)”

Among the winners, only two were in their twenties: 24-year-old Tea Obreht and 28-year-old Karen Russell.

The complete list follows after the jump. Add all the writers they missed in the comments section for a future post.

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