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Book Bits: Pete Seeger, ‘Half Bad,’ Daphne Award, Rebecca Mead

Goodbye, Pete.

  1. seegerNews: Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94, by Jethro Mullen – “Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday.” CNN
  2. Contests: Summer Literary Seminars Accepting Submissions – “Submissions are currently open for the annual Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine, the prizes in each category include an all-expenses-paid trip to attend one of SLS’s writing programs in Kenya, Lithuania, or Montreal. The deadline is February 28.” Poets & Writers
  3. Quotation: “I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.” – Pete Seeger
  4. halfbadNew Title: “Half Bad,” by Sally Green – “Of all the 2014 YA novels she’s read to date, Amanda Hurley, manager of Inkwood Books in Tampa, Fla., puts Sally Green’s ‘Half Bad’ at the top of the list of titles she’ll particularly enjoy handselling this spring.”  Publishers Weekly
  5. News: Bookslut launches the Daphne award: What’s the best book of 1963? by Carolyn Kellogg – “In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 — but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.”  The Los Angeles Times
  6. firelightReview: Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, by Nigel Collett, reviewed by Malcolm R. Campbell – “In the years leading up to and including the British handover of Kong Kong to China in 1997, Cheung was in many ways the very embodiment of the colony’s film and recording industries.”  Malcolm’s Round Table
  7. Essay: Robert Burns’s “Address to a Haggis” by Sadie Stein – “To paraphrase Laurie Colwin, the world divides unequally between those who love haggis (not too many) and those who loathe and fear it (most). Tomorrow is Robert Burns’s birthday, aka Burns Night, which is to say, probably the zenith of the haggis-eating year. Whether this strikes dread or delight into your hearts, I cannot say.”  the Paris Review
  8. meadInterview: Rebecca Mead (” My Life In Middlemarch”), with David Burr Gerrard – “Mead’s new book about her favorite book, makes it clear that she has chosen well. Mixing memoir, criticism, and literary history, with a sharp eye for all three, ‘My Life in Middlemarch’ makes us feel what it’s like to live with a book throughout one’s life. A veteran New Yorker writer, Mead describes how her sympathies have shifted among characters from one reading to the next, and about how her life and reading have changed each other.” The Millions
  9. Feature: One Does Not Age: Richard Howard, by Craig Morgan Teicher – “I MUST START by saying that Richard Howard is my dear friend, the mentor to whom I am most indebted, one of a few people who have shown me by example what it means to be gratefully beholden to others. So, what follows is equal parts personal recollection, tribute, and consideration of Howard’s important work in poetry, both on and off the page.” Los Angeles Review of Books
  10. thisstarFeature: ‘Nerdfighter’ Esther Earl becomes an author, Bob Minzesheimer – “Esther Earl, the teen who inspired John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” is the author of the new book, “This Star Won’t Go Out.” She died in at 16 in 2010 of thyroid cancer.” USA Today
  11. News: Caldecott For ‘Locomotive’; Newbery For ‘Flora & Ulysses’ by Annalisa Quinn – “The Newbery medal for “the most distinguished American children’s book” of 2013 was awarded Monday to Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo, the new ambassador for young people’s literature, and illustrated in black and white by K.G. Campbell. ”  NPR
  12. underthewideReview: “Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan, reviewed by  Carol Memmott – “Horan’s second novel, ‘Under the Wide and Starry Sky,’ carries on this burgeoning genre [books about wives] with the story of 19th-century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. The latest pick for the “Today” show’s book club, it’s operatic, global in its settings and dead-on in its portrayal of pre-feminism-era women and their limited opportunities. ”  The Washington Post
  13. News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74, by Annalisa Quinn – “Mexican poet, translator and essayist Jose Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday at age 74, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts announced.” NPR
  14. News: Jailed environmental activist Rebecca Rubin sentenced to read Malcolm Gladwell, by Sue Carter Flinn – “As part of her sentence for conspiracy and arson, imprisoned B.C. environmental activist Rebecca Rubin has been given some reading homework.”  Quill & Quire
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“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stories.”


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