Happy new year, book friends! Below, we look into the exciting programming in our January calendar! We hope to see you in the store for some of these events & storytimes. We have a full month of funny picture book authors, National Book Award finalists, graphic novelists, and more! Don't miss a beat: subscribe to … Continue reading BookKids: January Highlights!
On November 18, 1985, on ABC’s Monday Night Football, New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor shattered the leg of Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theissman in a brutal play the Redskins later referred to as the "Throwback Special." And every year on November 18, in Chris Bachelder’s novel of that name, a group of 22 men … Continue reading NBA Countdown: The Throwback Special
Two books down, three to go in our weekly tour of the National Book Awards fiction shortlist! This week I curled up with Paulette Jiles’ delightful historical novel News of the World. Laugh and cry with me as you read about reading about an old man and a little girl whose deep bond is forged … Continue reading NBA Countdown: News of the World
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
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
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 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
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
Here come the highlights from BookPeople Teens and our Teen Press Corp Blog this week! #ATBF13 unveiled this new poster for Dark Days vs Fierce Reads Game Show. This is something you can't miss. Mark you calendars: #ATBF13 at the Austin Convention Center on September 28th! Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. ________________________________________________ Guess … Continue reading Teen Thursday
~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.