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Book Bits: NBCC Awards Finalists, Russian PEN protests, Adult nonfiction

BookBitsA few items in the news caught my attention:

  • National Book Critics Circle: “Ann Patchett’s ‘Commonwealth,’ a novel inspired by her own family, and Michael Chabon’s ‘Moonglow,’ a novel based on the life of his grandfather, are among the finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle fiction prize. The fiction finalists, announced Tuesday morning, also include ‘LaRose,’ the latest novel about the Ojibwa people of North Dakota by Louise Erdrich, and ‘Swing Time,’ by British novelist Zadie Smith.” – The Washington Post
  • sevlanaRussian PEN: “Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich has quit the Russian PEN centre to protest against the expulsion of journalist and activist Sergey Parkhomenko, joining 30 other writers including novelist Boris Akunin and poet Lev Rubinstein leaving the organisation.” – The Guardian
  • Adult Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016 – “The category, still benefiting from the adult coloring book boom, had a 7% print unit gain last year over 2015.” – Publishers Weekly
  • Obituary – ‘Exorcist’ Author William Peter Blatty Has Died – “William Peter Blatty, the novelist and filmmaker best known for The Exorcist, died Thursday in Maryland. He was 89. The New York City native was the author of several acclaimed novels (including Elsewhere, Crazy, and John Goldfarb, Please Come blattyHome) and screenplays (including The Great Bank Robbery, Gunn, Darling Lili, and the early Inspector Clouseau film A Shot in the Dark).” – Flavorwire
  • Interview: Edward Jay Epstein (“How America Lost its Secrets), with Clayton Moore – Once Epstein began re-tracing Snowden’s steps, he started discovering other mysteries—days in Hong Kong when Snowden was unaccounted for, as well as contradictions in his public statements. The journalist found it all perplexing.” – Kirkus

–Malcolm

Malcolm R. Campbell’s Kindle novel “At Sea” is free at Amazon January 15-17. His short story “Willing Spirits” is free on Kindle January 18-20.

 

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