2014 National Book Award nominees

2014 National Book Award nominees

‘Scuse us while we celebrate: we’ve got TEN nominees on the 2014 National Book Awards longlist! Longlist for Fiction WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) LILA by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Longlist for Nonfiction CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast (Bloomsbury) NO GOOD MEN […]

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2014 PEN Award Nominees

2014 PEN Award Nominees

The 2014 PEN Awards longlist was recently announced and we're pleased to have several nominated titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize
A HISTORY OF THE PRESENT ILLNESS by Louise Aronson

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm
THE KRAUS PROJECT by Jonathan Franzen

PEN/E.O.Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT by Emily Anthes 

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
HOLDING ON UPSIDE DOWN: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell
AMERICAN MIRROR: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon
ROTH UNBOUND: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpont 

PEN ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting
MONSTERS: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen 

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
IMPROMPTUS: Selected Poems and Some Prose by Gottfried Benn, translated by Michael Hofmann 

The shortlisted titles will be announced on June 17 and the winners will be announced on July 30 and honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on September 29 at The New School.

For more information and to see the full longlist, click here.

Congratulations to the nominees! 

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month! We're fortunate to have an abundance of great poetry books—so many, that we've created an Edelweiss collection for you. Here are a few that we're loving:

CARIBOU by Charles Wright
Charles Wright’s truth—the truth of nature, of man’s yearning for the divine, of aging—is at the heart of the renowned poet’s latest collection. “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, among other honors, Wright offers up a spare, no-nonsense approach that serves his subjects well, enabling a kind of spiritual poetry for those who resist spirituality. Pointed as ever, his work continues to engage and explore life's unsolvable mysteries.” — Library Journal, starred review 

DIRECTING HERBERT WHITE by James Franco
The debut poetry collection by the multi-talented James Franco (yes, THAT James Franco), has Hollywood—fame, celebrity, the promise of becoming an artist—at its center. “Franco’s bold and magnetic examination of life in the mirrored hall of make-believe and fame taps deeply into our collective mythology.” — Booklist

METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
Bidart's collection was a finalist for the National Book Award and recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. “The poems of METAPHYSICAL DOG are at once emotionally bracing and full of intellectual reward. Bidart is widely admired by other influential poets; he seems in line for even more attention than he has received.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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2013 National Book Critics Awards Finalists

2013 National Book Critics Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has named the finalists for its best books of 2013 and Macmillan is thrilled to have nine nominees from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Bloomsbury!  

FICTION
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

NONFICTION
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

POETRY
METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward

BIOGRAPHY
HOLDING ON UPSIDE DOWN: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell

CRITICISM
THE KRAUS PROJECT: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen
FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm

Click here to view the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on Thursday, March 13, at 6:00 pm EST. Congratulations to all nominees! 

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The 2013 National Book Award finalists!

The 2013 National Book Award finalists!

Excuse us while we shout the good news from the rooftops, but we're so happy to have several finalists for the National Book Awards

Nonfiction
THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Poetry
METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist

See the full list of nominees here
Free e-books of excerpts from the finalists are available on the NBA website. Click here to download your copy. Winners will be announced on November 20. Congratulations to all nominees! 

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We’ve got 2013 National Book Award nominees! WooHoo!

We’ve got 2013 National Book Award nominees! WooHoo!

Over the course of this week the National Book Awards longlist was published and we are delighted to have several nominees! 

Longlist for Nonfiction

THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
One of the finest political journalists of our generation, Packer weaves together complex narratives from the past three decades to create a riveting examination of a nation in crisis. It's already received three starred reviews, including this one from Booklist: "Packer offers an illuminating, in-depth, sometimes frightening view of the complexities of decline and the enduring hope for recovery."
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Longlist for Poetry

METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
A vital, searching new collection from one of finest American poets at work today. "The poems of METAPHYSICAL DOG are at once emotionally bracing and full of intellectual reward. Bidart is widely admired by other influential poets; he seems in line for even more attention than he has received." --Publishers Weekly, starred review & PW Pick.
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist
The beautiful and inventive second book by the poet Mary Szybist, whose first book, GRANTED, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Whether or not readers are attuned to the religious content, these are gorgeous lyrics, in traditional and invented forms—one poem is a diagrammed sentence while another radiates from an empty space at the center of the page—which create close encounters with not-quite-paraphrasable truths. This is essential poetry." --Publishers Weekly, starred review & PW Pick.
Available in trade paperback from Graywolf Press

Longlist for Fiction

SOMEONE by Alice McDermott
The NBA nomination is another well-deserved accolade that this “stunning hymn to the ordinary” (More Magazine) has received in addition to being a PW Pick of the Week, September Indie Next selection and recipient of four starred pre-publication reviews. People gave it 3 ½ stars in the main review of the Sept. 16 issue and many others are singing McDermott's praises, including The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, O Magazine, and NPR's Fresh Air.
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


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Monday Fun Day! (4/23/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (4/23/2012 Edition)

Hello again, librarian friends!

- TxLA was fantastic this year! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and joined us for our author signings, panels, and other events. Please stay in touch! We'll post more about our adventures later this week. 

- Congratulations to Tracy K. Smith who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her collection LIFE ON MARS! See all of this year's winners here.

- Tomorrow join us for Booklist's "The Murderous Month of May: Hot Mysteries for Spring" webinar at 2PM Eastern. Sign up now!

- Will you be in Chicago at the end of April? Join Ali for a book buzz on Monday, April 30 in the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.) in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium! A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:30PM and the adult buzz starts at 2PM. Sign up now!

- We already mentioned that DON'T EVER GET OLD, the debut mystery from author Daniel Friedman, is getting great reviews. Well, now it has four(!) starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, Booklist, AND Kirkus Reviews

- Also we heard a rumor that Cat Fancy featured NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT by Marian Babson in a "Books for Cat Lovers" article. We wholeheartedly approve. 

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