Curiosities

June 9, 2011

2011 PEN/Malamud Winner 0

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Edith Pearlman takes the 2011 PEN/Malamud award in recognition of her short stories.  Her most recent collection, her fourth, is Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories.

June 9, 2011

Oh No, Computer 0

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Radiohead can typically do no wrong in the eyes of fans and culture pundits, but author Ian Rankin describes how even these indie heroes got him stuck in customer service hell: ” no e-mail address; no phone line; no possibility of human contact.”

June 8, 2011

‘Tiger’ Wins an Orange 0

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Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife wins the Orange Prize. Our review.

June 8, 2011

‘Dazzling’ State of Wonder 0

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Ron Charles calls Ann Patchett’s new State of Wonder “another dazzling work” with touches of Heart of Darkness and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

June 8, 2011

Trouble in Paradise? 0

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Surprise: the HuffPo/AOL link-up is proving to be messy.

June 8, 2011

The End of the Gala Era 0

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Peter Osnos on how far the publishing industry has come since the galas and publishing events of the 1990s: “That the action in publishing now is in the creation of books rather than selling the rights to them is a meaningful indicator of the excitement in the industry about the digital potential.”

June 8, 2011

The British Library Goes Digital 1

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The British Library is launching a new iPad app that will eventually feature over 60,000 19th century books.

June 8, 2011

Open Letter Goes Digital 0

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Literature-in-translation specialists Open Letter have announced a new ebook series for international literature. To celebrate the launch, all the new ebooks are just $4.99 for the month of June.

June 7, 2011

The Times on the New Bolaño 0

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Dwight Garner reviews the new collection of Roberto Bolaño nonfiction in The Times. “The odd jobs and left-handed journalism that fill Between Parentheses matter because of the way his novels loom over the past half-century of Latin American fiction.”

June 7, 2011

Ruin-Reading 0

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Junot Díaz is at home discussing his native Hispaniola as he muses on the function of apocalypse – New Orleans, Haiti, and Japan – in our global media landscape.