2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 to expand the conversation surrounding writing, literature, and literary criticism.  Today, in addition to serving nearly 800 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing professionals and more, the NBCC presents an annual series of awards to the top books published in the previous year in the categories of Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.  The winners for 2018 will be selected later this month.  Check out the finalists now!

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W.S. Merwin (1927-2019)

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Pultizer Prize-winning poet W.S. (William Stanley) Merwin has passed away at the age of 91.

The author of more than 50 books, including poetry, prose, essays, and translations, Merwin was known both for his work and his activism.  He was first awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for his collection The Carrier of Ladders, but, in an act of protest against the Vietnam War, he refused the prize purse, requesting that it instead be donated to peace activism and draft resistance.  Merwin would later be awarded a second Pulitzer, as well as a National Book Award and other honors.

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Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate works that explore LGBTQ themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography. The Lambda Literary Foundation states that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians—the whole literary community." The winners of this year's honors will be announced in June, but the finalist lists are out now!

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Something to Look Forward to

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Mark your calendars!  Good things are on their way!  From the weather forecasts that claim winter is loosening its stranglehold (we'll believe it when we see it) to the books we can't wait to have on our shelves, there's a lot to look forward to in the coming months.  Check out the upcoming titles our booksellers are most excited to share!

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The Nobel Prize Returns!

Friday, March 8th, 2019

No Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded in 2018 after a scandal rocked the award's governing body, the Swedish Academy, and left it with too few members to even reestablish its ranks.  Though an alternative prize was awarded by a temporary, unaffiliated organization dubbed "The New Academy," there was no initial word on what changes lay in store for the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Now, after much deliberation and internal restructuring, the Swedish Academy is back, and with it the prospect of two new Nobel Laureates this year.

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