One of my very top goals in running this site is to make it as quick and easy to earn miles and points as possible since most busy families just don’t have the time to dedicate to being obsessive about every little nuance and important date in the miles and points world. Show More Summary
A look at a few of our favorites from the first half of 2016, including an unexpected soldier's story, the latest from a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and the story behind Hemingway's best book.
When the nominees for the Eisner Awards were announced back in April, I didn’t rush to check them. Not out of any disrespect to the nominees, but because it’s rare that a book I don’t already know about ends up on that list, and rarer still that an unfamiliar name crops up. Show More Summary
Another E3 is in the books, and that means it must be time for some award nominations for what impressed the plethora of press at the event. We already presented our top games, but others want attention, too. The Game Critics Awards are probably the most well known, and they have released their list of nominees in more than 15 categories. Show More Summary
Books about boys may win more awards than those about women, and they may be more likely to achieve commercial success, but that hasn’t stopped a growing number of comic writers from sketching crime-fighting heroines a la Wonder Woman and Jessica Jones. Among those authors is Rich Tommaso, whose surreal series “She Wolf” debuted earlier this summer. Show More Summary
The Indiana Center of the Book recently announced Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won as the winner of the 2016 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The Indiana State Library wanted to show its commitment to early literacy and felt it was vital to have an award that celebrates reading for children ages 0–5. Show More Summary
An algorithm that predicts bestselling books has awarded a perfect score to The Circle by Dave Eggers, a book that just so happens to be a dystopian satire of life in Silicon Valley. Hmm. Read more...
Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.
Hello everyone! I am RenésPoints reader Dr. John. Since René has not yet flown on Aeroflot, and I had a just booked two 125k business class award tickets from New York to Bologna, Italy (BLQ) to spend a week in Modena, I asked him if he wanted me to share my experience on the blog. Show More Summary
They've announced the (South African) Sunday Times Literary Awards, and at the Books Live weblog Jennifer has the news: Hunger Eats a Man, by Nkosinathi Sithole, has won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. See also the Penguin Books South Africa publicity page for the book.
Reminder - you can book award tickets from the US to Europe on United for 25% off. You have to book by Tuesday, and the only catch is that...
Longtime reader Greekquent Flyer shared his notes with me from his recent family trip to Australia. He took on the challenge of planning premium cabin travel and hotels using his points to Australia (which is one of the toughest airline...Show More Summary
Chance the Rapper made music-business history last month when his album “Coloring Book” became the first streaming-only release to chart on the Billboard 200. Next year the Chicago hip-hop star could score another first with his acclaimed record that’s available to stream through services like...
'Coloring Book' album of the year? Now it can happen! [ more › ]
Ex-professional wrestler Jesse Ventura won't be awarded the $1.8-million judgment a jury decided to give him in 2014 as the result of a defamation case against the estate of Chris Kyle, who had written disparagingly about a person resembling Ventura in his memoir "American Sniper." Famed for his...
With Infocomm officially in the books, Tech & Learning is pleased to announce the edtech winners of NewBay Media’s Best of InfoComm awards.
During Apple’s State of the Union and 15th annual Apple Design Awards, Apple explained that the App Store Review Guidelines would be receiving new updates this year. Currently on Apple’s own App Store Review Guidelines page there are two different guidelines listed, pre- and post- June 13,2016. Show More Summary
"Hamilton" continues to smash records: the cast album could leap into Billboard 200's top 10 next week, the first album to do so since "The Book of Mormon" five years ago
Well, another Tony Awards is in the record books. Of course this one will forever go down as the Hamiltonys, although the musical did not break or even tie the record for most Tony Awards ever. Hamilton dominated the season and book-ended the broadcast. Show More Summary
I spent the eve of the Tony Awards busily booking flights to New York City to see shows. This season, Broadway and off-Broadway is replete with brilliant new work by diverse artists featuring African Americans. I'm thrilled that I snagged tickets to Turn Me Loose, the one-man show starring Joe Morton as the outspoken comic genius Dick Gregory. Show More Summary