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Dan Zevin has won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor for his collection of essays “Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad” (Scribner). The 49-year-old writer has been a commentator for NPR and a columnist for Boston Magazine. He was a finalist for the Thurber Prize once before in […]
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” went out with a bang with Sunday’s series finale, in more ways than one: About 10.3 million people watched the final episode, by far the most-watched episode in the show’s history. View Photo Gallery —“Breaking Bad,” the AMC cable TV series about a high school chemistry teacher who turns to making meth, […]
If Congress doesn’t break this budget logjam soon, it looks like Oct. 1 will be another bleak night in Suck City. But that’s perfect timing for poet and memoirist Nick Flynn. He’ll be speaking that night at the beautifully restored Old Naval Hospital in Southeast Washington. He’s the second writer to appear in the new Hill Center Poetry […]
Jimmy Stewart’s Jefferson Smith had the Constitution. Louisiana Sen. Huey Long favored oyster recipes. And Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis? Emotional stories from women who support the right to abortion. All of these people — fictional in the case of Mr. Smith — relied on reading material to get them through filibusters. During his on-going talk, […]
In the preface to “Leaves of Grass,” Walt Whitman proclaimed that “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.” And now a local group is determined to honor the poets who lived and live in the capital of these United States. Since last summer, scholars, editors and poets have been devising an innovative way […]
Notable recordings from the world of pop music. Chvrches This Scottish electro-pop trio has charmed the American indie congnoscenti, but its icy-sleek debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” feels more like a shot across the bow of the Disney Entertainment Industrial Complex. That’s largely because 20-something lead singer Lauren Mayberry sings in the […]
Claire Danes shocked red-carpet watchers as she emerged Sunday night with a seemingly clipped bob — much shorter than her shoulder-length hair at the Emmys pre-party the night before. Fans and red carpet hosts alike clamored to discover whether the “Homeland” actress had gone the way of Elisabeth Moss and Lena Dunham and chopped off […]
Former English professor-turned-vampire novelist Justin Cronin entertained a full tent of his thriller fans this afternoon at the 13th annual National Book Festival on the Mall. He began by recounting the legendary story of how his daughter prodded him to stop writing “boring” novels and write something exciting instead. (To be fair, he’d won a […]
The 13th annual National Book Festival got off to a great start this morning with presentations from two giants of North American fiction: Don DeLillo and Margaret Atwood. Remarkably, the novelists had never met until today, but they instantly proclaimed their admiration for each other’s work. DeLillo noted that he had lived for a time […]
Don DeLillo, named the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, spoke about his early love affair with books at a gala Friday night before the National Book Festival. The award, announced in April, recognizes DeLillo … Continue reading ?
Continuing his extraordinary support for the Library of Congress, financier David M. Rubenstein has donated an additional $5 million to the National Book Festival. The Library of Congress announced Rubenstein’s new gift this evening just before a gala at the … Continue reading ?
Before introducing satirist Christopher Buckley at the Hay-Adams Author luncheon Friday, the hotel’s general manager, Hans Bruland, announced that Saturday’s National Book Festival would be the last one held on the National Mall. Without indicating how he knew this information, … Continue reading ?
Poor broadcast networks. Cable — and this year, Netflix — get all the headlines and attention in the days leading up to Emmy time, as critically-adored shows such as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are always up for the … Continue reading ?
Washington-area writer Mary Kay Zuravleff has just been added to the lineup for this weekend’s National Book Festival on the Mall. She’ll be taking the place of Jamaica Kincaid, who had to withdraw for personal reasons. Zuravleff, who has taught at … Continue reading ?
Once again, Washington-area writer Alice McDermott is in the running for the National Book Award. Her new novel, “Someone,” about an Irish American family in New York, is among 10 titles on the “longlist” announced this morning for the $10,000 fiction … Continue reading ?
With the Emmy Awards just four days away, executive producer Ken Ehrlich and CBS exec Jack Sussman held a conference call with reporters Wednesday to discuss details of the ceremony – and all anyone wanted to talk about was the … Continue reading ?
A regular feature in which we assess the quality of a pop single trending online. The artist: In her own indelible words, “It’s Britney, b—–.” (And we apologize in advance for the fact that this blog post resembles a “Wheel of Fortune” … Continue reading ?
Judges for the National Book Award for nonfiction consider a wide world of subjects, but this year’s longlist of 10 finalists is heavily concentrated on works about America — and particularly American history. Among the titles announced this morning for … Continue reading ?
News that Neil Patrick Harris would host the upcoming Emmy Awards on CBS was greeted with — well, no reaction. It was extremely unsurprising news; not only is NPH the star of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” but NPH … Continue reading...
So, that final season of “Mad Men”? You’re going to have to wait a long time. AMC confirmed that the seventh and last season of the drama will be split into two parts; seven episodes will air in spring of … Continue reading ?