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20 Mar

2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Finalists -- Children's Illustrated and Children's Literature

The Book Sense Book of the Year Awards will be announced at the Celebration of Bookselling, on Friday, May 30, during this year's BookExpo America at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

All current ABA member bookstores can vote for the Book Sense Book of the Year. The remaining four finalists in each category will be awarded the title of Book Sense Honor Book. All nominated authors and illustrators will be invited to attend the award ceremonies and the Book Sense 76 Lunch, also to be held on Friday, May 30, at BEA.

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17 Mar

Good Morning America Announces Ninth 'Read This!' Pick

On Friday, March 14, Good Morning America's "Read This!" book club made its ninth pick. The ABC morning show's book club's latest choice is What Should I Do with My Life? (Random House), by Po Bronson.

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13 Mar

ABA on Harry Potter: Scholastic Not Being Book Fair

Scholastic School Division is pre-selling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Scholastic's book fairs. In at least one book fair promotion, for each Harry Potter order, Scholastic guarantees a first-edition copy, a collectible baseball cap, and an official certificate of purchase, which the buyer receives when pre-ordering the book.

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13 Mar

2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Finalists -- Nonfiction

The will of individuals to prevail over monstrous obstacles links all of these Book Sense Book of the Year nonfiction finalists. Not only Captain Cook faced uncharted waters. Some spent their childhood trapped in brutal civil war or with brutalizing parents. Fighting adversaries, real or imagined, was necessary for the survival of all the authors.

The Book Sense Book of the Year Awards will be announced at the Celebration of Bookselling, on Friday, May 30, during this year's BookExpo America, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

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11 Mar

Two Generations Revisit the Civil Rights Movement in a Mother-and-Daughter Memoir

In 1960, signs above the Woolworth's lunch counter in Tallahassee, Florida, advertised a roast turkey dinner for 65 cents and sundaes for a quarter. But on February 13, when 10 black Florida A&M University students and two high school students tried ordering slices of cake, a waitress refused to serve them. Undaunted, they remained at the counter, quietly reading from their books, and were soon surrounded by angry hecklers.

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11 Mar

The Salty Tang of The Inferno

In February 2000, when Irish poet, writer, and musician Ciaran Carson was asked to translate Canto XXXI of Dante's The Inferno, Carson had yet to read the epic poem in its entirety. Now, a scant three years later, Carson's energetic translation (The Inferno of Dante Alighieri, Granta) is garnering strong praise from critics and readers.

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10 Mar

Today Book Club Picks a 76

On Monday, March 10, NBC News' Today Show announced that the ninth selection of its monthly "Today Book Club" is Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros (Knopf). The title was a November/December 2002 Book Sense 76 pick.

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06 Mar

Watch for These Book Sense Ads in Print!

Two top ten March/April Book Sense 76 picks are recommended to consumers by booksellers with Book Sense in upcoming ads in national magazines.

In the March 31 issue of The New Yorker, on sale March 24, Jeff Azbill of Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Jackson, Tennessee, recommends The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday).

The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough (Atlantic Monthly) is the recommendation of Alissa Haslam of Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon, in an ad in the May issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

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06 Mar

SEBA Announces Book Award Winners

The Southeast Booksellers Association has announced the winners of the association's 2003 Book Awards, which "seek to recognize the year's best books out of the South."

The winners are:

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05 Mar

Brownstein and Haslett Win Literary Awards

Gabriel Brownstein, author of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W (Norton), has been awarded the 2003 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, as reported by the Boston Globe. The sponsors of the award -- PEN/New England and the John F.

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27 Feb

2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Finalists Announced

The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. The finalists in six categories -- Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children's Literature, Children's Illustrated, Rediscovery, and Paperback -- are all Book Sense 76 titles nominated by ABA bookseller members as their handselling favorites. The awards will be announced at the Celebration of Bookselling, on Friday, May 30, during this year's BookExpo America, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

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27 Feb

Atonement Takes Book Critics Award for Fiction

 

 

 

In a February 26 ceremony, held at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the winners of its annual book awards. The Fiction prize was awarded to British author Ian McEwan for Atonement (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese). McEwan's novel was a Top Ten March/April 2002 Book Sense 76 pick.

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27 Feb

Announcing the Spring 2003 Book Sense 76 Poetry Top Ten

1. WHAT DO WE KNOW, by Mary Oliver (Da Capo, $15 paper, 0306812061; March '03) "Oliver again turns her luminous eye to the natural world, invoking its mysteries, its darkness and beauty. These are poems of wonder and praise for the sea, the seasons, the mockingbird, the clam -- and for the human spirit that watches and listens." -- Diana Sabot, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT

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