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15 Mar

Debut Thriller Draws Raves

"I do everything late in life," said 55-year-old Kurt Corriher, author of the debut thriller Someone to Kill (Forge). "I have my children late in life -- I have a son who’s nine, and a daughter who’s 13 -- and I publish a novel late in life."

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13 Mar

Spotlight on 2002 Book Sense Children's Book of the Year Finalists

Finalists for the Book Sense Book of the Year were announced on February 13. Detailed below are the finalists in the two Children's categories -- Children’s Literature and Children’s Illustrated.

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12 Mar

NBCC Announces Winners of Annual Book Awards

In a March 11 ceremony, held at the Tishman Auditorium at New York University Law School in New York, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the winners of its annual book awards. The fiction prize was awarded posthumously to W.G. Sebald for Austerlitz (Random House). Sebald died in an automobile accident in December 2001. His agent, Andrew Wylie, accepted the award.

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07 Mar

Book Sense Author Turns D.C. Streets Into Setting for Gripping Crime Writing

George P. Pelecanos, the crime-fiction author whose Hell to Pay (Little, Brown) is a Book Sense 76 pick for March/April, started laying the groundwork for a writing career when he was still a youngster -- although he didn't know it then.

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06 Mar

History Channel Mines Compelling Books for New Programming

In its quest to "Bring the Past Alive," the History Channel is offering a number of documentaries based on outstanding books of nonfiction.

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05 Mar

A Self-Published Novel Set in the Himalayas Climbs to the Mainstream Mountaintop

A three-year-old girl falls off a second-floor balcony, lands on her head and breaks her skull. Three days later, she's playing in the snow, fully recovered -- an astounding medical success. But what if this accident had occurred in a remote village in the Indian Himalayas with an American woman doctor performing the surgery for the first time while carefully consulting the medical textbook open in front of her? In this experience, you not only have a chapter from Craig Joseph Danner's self-published novel, Himalayan Dhaba, but also a page from his life.

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04 Mar

Los Angeles Times 2001 Book Prize Finalists Announced

The 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists were announced on Friday, March 2. Established in 1980, the Times’s annual Book Prize rewards excellence in English-language writing in nine different categories, ranging from biography to fiction to history to poetry. And, notably, several Book Sense 76 picks are among in the list of 45 finalists (including three of the five titles in the first fiction category).

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21 Feb

Working to Get New Yorkers All on the Same Page

In conjunction with BookExpo America, a number of organizations have come together to launch a campaign to encourage New York City residents to join a citywide book group. Earlier this month representatives from the organizations voted to select as the featured title the novel Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee, (Riverhead Books).

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19 Feb

Opening Chapter: New YA Memoir Explores Life-Altering Experience

There are several key dates in the career of children’s author Jack Gantos.

In 2001, Gantos received a Newbery Honor for Joey Pigza Loses Control.

His novel Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key was a National Book Award Finalist in 1999.

In 1976, his first book, Rotten Ralph, was published.

And in 1972 he spent a year in prison.

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19 Feb

Young Lions Fiction Award Nominees Are Book Sense 76 Picks

The New York Public Library announced five nominees for its second annual Young Lions Fiction Award [YLFA], which recognizes the work of authors age 35 or younger. Remarkably, each title nominated was a Book Sense 76 pick during 2001-- proving yet again that independent booksellers know what makes for excellent literature.

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15 Feb

PNBA Book Awards Announced

Awards Celebrate Five Titles by Northwest Authors

On February 15, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) announced the winners of its Pacific Northwest Book Awards 2002, which gives special recognition to five titles written by regional authors that were published in 2001.

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13 Feb

Film Adaptations of Books Get Oscar's Nod

This year’s Oscars nominations have a decidedly literary theme. Of the five nominees for best picture, three are film adaptations of literary works: J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy, Fellowship of the Ring (Part 1 of Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy); In the Bedroom, by Andre Dubus; and Sylvia Nasar’s A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash. The nominations were announced February 12.

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13 Feb

Book Sense Author Finds Inspiration in California Bookstore

Accountant Tess Uriza Holthe did not begin the writing class at her favorite bookstore with dreams of completing a novel. At the time, writing was a hobby. However, when Linda Watanabe McFerrin (author of The Hand of Buddha, Coffeehouse Press) -- who was teaching the class "Life into Literature" at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California -- gave her students an assignment to write about a family myth, a treasure chest of memories was unlocked for Holthe.

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12 Feb

Memoir of an African Childhood Draws Critical -- and Bookseller -- Raves

Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House) -- a vivid and often heartbreaking memoir by a daughter of white farmers who moved from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to Malawi to Zambia -- has been drawing the sort of praise from reviewers and booksellers that first-time authors dream of.

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06 Feb

Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Announced

The nominees for the 14th annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 2 at a ceremony in New York City. In addition, the Lambda Literary Foundation's Jim Marks told BTW that the comic and writer Margaret Cho will be presented the Bridgebuilders Award "for her ability to help bridge communities."

The nominees are:

Lesbian Fiction

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