2015 National Book Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year's National Book Awards, which were announced last night in New York City. Learn more about the finalists and see footage from the award ceremony on the National Book Foundation's website. NONFICTION Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates FICTION Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson POETRY Voyage of … Continue reading 2015 National Book Award Winners Announced

President Obama Recommends REDEPLOYMENT

This weekend President Obama appeared on CNN and was asked for a book recommendation. His pick? Redeployment, the National Book Award-winning collection of stories about Iraq by US Marine Corps vet Phil Klay. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for extracting this quote: "Over vacation, I read a book of short stories by Phil Klay called Redeployment. It's a quick … Continue reading President Obama Recommends REDEPLOYMENT

National Book Award Fiction Longlist Announced

The National Book Award Foundation announced their Fiction Longlist last night. It's an exciting list! We were happy to see many staff favorites recognized. Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken We have signed First Editions Available! Elizabeth McCracken is one of our own! An Austinite, she holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas and the … Continue reading National Book Award Fiction Longlist Announced

Top Shelf in May: TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR: A Sonnet to the Modern Human

Top Shelf in May: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris Reviewed by Ben To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is Ferris’ third novel. His debut, Then We Came to the End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. The same year his second … Continue reading Top Shelf in May: TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR: A Sonnet to the Modern Human

A New Perspective on the Boxer Rebellion

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang Reviewed by Shappy Gene Luen Yang has become one of the most celebrated artists in the graphic novel scene today. American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. His latest release, Boxers and Saints, has also been nominated for the National … Continue reading A New Perspective on the Boxer Rebellion

A National Book Award Conspiracy? That’s Just Silly.

~Post by Brian C. Laura Miller at Salon.com has recently written about the irrelevance of the National Book Award.  And although I disagree with her overall declaration about the relative importance, or the lack of importance of the National Book Award, I’m willing to concede that she may have a point. The Pulitzer and Booker … Continue reading A National Book Award Conspiracy? That’s Just Silly.