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Where To Find Award Space

I've realized that my last few posts were starting to sound like an advertisement for award booking services, and that's truly not the intent. Yes, US Airways is hilariously impossible to deal with, but that doesn't mean you can't book...Show More Summary

Overcoming Cynicism, Even After You’ve Seen How the Sausage Is Made

An excerpt from ‘Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good.' Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good won an award of merit in Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards. L iving in Washington, D.C., for many years...Show More Summary

M?ori Book Awards

A couple of days ago they announced the Ng? Kupu Ora Aotearoa M?ori Book Awards. Great to see the support for M?ori writing (and hopefully it will translate, at least a bit, abroad as well), and good to see, for example, Patricia Grace...Show More Summary

David Oyelowo Joining Lupita Nyong'o for 'Americanah' Adaptation

Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Show More Summary

Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards

Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture. S ome of the finest books pull us deeper into familiar subjects—biographies of great statesmen, say, or fresh takes on the essentials of Christian doctrine and discipleship. Show More Summary

Author Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

NPR | Fresh Air Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.

The Torture Program’s Black Site At GTMO

Dish readers know of the three alleged “suicides” that occurred in a facility at GTMO kept firmly off the books. Scott Horton’s story on the deaths – given the National Magazine Award – has been dismissed by the usual suspects in the military and CIA as preposterous. But given what we have now learned of […]

Worshipping Weirdness: 7 Unique Books That Should Become Movies

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is slowly unleashing itself in a few theaters to sneak into the 2014 awards race before its wide release next year. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Doc Sportello, a strange, drug-taking private eye investigating...Show More Summary

Book Excerpt: "Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema" by Tina Hassannia

Asghar Farhadi is one of the most important filmmakers in the world, winner of the first Academy Award for Iran for Best Foreign Language Film for his masterful "A Separation." Tina Hassannia, a film critic for The Guardian, Slant Magazine,...Show More Summary

Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

They've announced that Sudanese author Hammour Ziada awarded the 2014 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature -- though, of course, since this is (supposed to be...) a book prize, it is, in fact, his novel, ??? ??????? ('The Longing of the Dervish'), that was awarded the prestigious prize. See also M. Show More Summary

These Are Stephen Colbert's Final Guests

Goodbye, Nation. "The Colbert Report" has announced the guests for Stephen Colbert's last week of shows. Seth Rogen will appear on Monday, Dec. 15, Kendrick Lamar on Tuesday, Dec. 16, National Book Award winner Phil Klay on Wednesday, Dec. Show More Summary

Colbert Announced His Final Week of Guests

Stephen Colbert's final week as his Colbert Report alter-ego, "Stephen Colbert," draws near, and the show has just announced its last four guests. He'll have Seth Rogen on the 15th; Kendrick Lamar on the 16th; National Book Award winner Phil Klay on the 17th; and on the 18th, his "colleague and... More »

Book News: Australian Prime Minister's 'Nasty' Move Sparks Lit-Prize Furor

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Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging the country's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.

The Most Hated Phrases in SciFi: Sword & Laser Podcast

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This week we're busy. We congratulate the winners of several year-end awards. We kick off our December book pick, The Night Circus, a beautiful novel by Erin Morgenstern. Read the rest

Tiphanie Yanique Takes 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Author Tiphanie Yanique has won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books/The Penguin Group). The annual prize, awarded by The Center for Fiction, was presented to Yanique at...Show More Summary

Book Giveaway: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

How does one introduce an author as legendary as Diana Wynne Jones? She’s written beloved fantasy classics and received numerous awards for her work, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. For the last several years I’ve been picking up much of her back catalog as my husband and I both find her stories endearingly charming. Show More Summary

Gene Luen Yang Creates a Confession Comic

Everyone makes mistakes, but not all people give a confession with a comic. Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang created a comic to atone for a blunder in his most recent book, The Shadow Hero. According to the piece, posted on the Diversity in YA blog, Yang did not refer to Chu F. Show More Summary

Jeff Koons Designs Cover For New Brian Grazer Book

Simon & Schuster has revealed the cover image for Brian Grazer’s new book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. Artist Jeff Koons created the design for the Academy Award–winning producer’s book. “When we began discussing a design for the jacket of my book, Jeff Koons was the first person I thought of,” said Grazer in a statement. Show More Summary

Patti Smith wanted her 'Noah' song to be good for Russell Crowe

The filmmaker and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and National Book Award winner) were in town for the Venice Film Festival, having a stroll. The conversation between Darren Aronofsky and Patti Smith turned to the difficulties he was having coming up with a lullaby to be sung in two key scenes...

Elevate - Brain Training and Threes! distinguished as Apple's Best apps of 2014 in the iTunes Store

Apple this weekend announced the winners in its Best of 2014 in the iTunes Store. The annual awards highlights the best apps, music, movies and books from the just ending year. Winners in the App Store include Elevate - Brain Training, which won App...

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