Saturday, May 07, 2016

The Sympathizer Won a Pulitzer and an Edgar, and May Herald the Great Literary Convergence


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Last week, the Mystery Writers of America handed out the 2016 Edgar Awards, the most prestigious of the crime-writing awards. Among the winners was The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, named Best First Novel — a win that, while well-deserved, was the opposite of notable, given that his novel has already garnered a host of accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize the week before. And yet, for this exact same reason, his Edgar win is remarkable, even momentous — and likely unprecedented. The Sympathizer — a literary thriller about a Vietnamese double agent who moves to Los Angeles after the Vietnam war — is the first novel (or at least the first I can unearth) that’s won both a major literary award and a major genre award in the same year.

The cross-pollination of “literary” fiction and “genre” fiction has been a hot subject of contention for years in bookish circles, “a lover’s quarrel among literati,” as critics, both online and off, bandy questions like What exactly constitutes a genre book? and Can genre books be truly literary? and Are genre and literary books even comparable ?  MORE

Latest News from The Bookseller

A year after Nicholas Brealey Publishing was acquired by Hachette UK, Nicholas Brealey, who was on a 12-month consultancy contract while the two businesses were integrated, is leaving the business.
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Lisa McInerney's tale of murder and misfits in post-crash Ireland The Glorious Heresies (John Murray), already shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, is also on the shortlist for this year's Desmond Elliott Prize.
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The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award, a £10,000 prize for an unpublished writer, is Sharlene Wen-Ning Teo for Ponti, a work of fiction about "a misfit adolescent girl growing up in sultry, sweaty Singapore".
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Waterstones e-commerce director Ed Armitage has left the bookshop chain.
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Friday, May 06, 2016

Some new stock in Tivoli's small, but beautiful and eclectic, al fresco bookstore:

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, The Futurist Cookbook, (1932) 2014, Penguin, $29.99
 part manifesto part artistic joke, includes campaign against pasta and recipe for
 aeropictorial dinner in the cockpit.
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name, Text, 2012, $29.99
 second in enthralling trilogy of intense friendship by 'one of the great
 novelists of our time' (New York Times)
Slavoj Zizek, Living in the End Times, 2011,Verso, $29.99
 'The most dangerous philosopher in the West', Adam Kirsch, The New Republic
Raduan Nassar, A Cup of Rage, (1978) trans 2015, Penguin Modern Classics, $24.99
 erotic cult novel, 'a burning coal of a work', Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
eds. R.Joyce, S.Laing, I.Neville, Three Words, An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics
 2016, Beatnik $49.99
 first compilation of its kind, each artist contributes 3 words, gives to another to create strip
introd. Julian Assange, The Wikileaks Files, 2016, Verso, $32.99
 analysis the most important cables, plus discussion ongoing debates on freedom of
 information, internet surveillance, and justice
Allan Ahlberg, Bruce Ingman, The Pencil, 2016, Walker Books, $18.99
 'the best book ever', Bruce's mum. 'once there was a lonely little pencil...'
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The Children's Books Roundup with PW

A Children's Bookstore to Pop Up in the Bronx
Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, age 66, is the latest children's book author to add "bookseller" to his many accomplishments. He would like to open a pop-up children's bookstore in the Bronx in September. more

Classic Children's Books by Helen Borten
Return to Print

The work of children's author-illustrator Helen Borten, whose books were published starting in the 1950s, is returning to print via Flying Eye Books, the children's imprint of Nobrow Press, beginning with Do You Hear What I Hear? and Do You See What I See?, releasing this month. more

In Brief: May 5, 2016
This week, a publisher donates books for a cause; fans hone their writing skills with a favorite author; an author sends his books to Princeton; and an author launches his new mystery-adventure series. more

From Entertainment Weekly:
Veronica Roth reveals Carve the Mark, the first book in her new sci-fi duology. Click here
From the Associated Press:
Judy Blume Talks Tumblr, Possible New Book. Click here
From the Atlantic:
The Lorax and Literature's Moral Obligation. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
The cover and an excerpt from Adam Gidwitz's medieval adventure, The Inquisitor's Tale. Click here
From the Guardian:
Confessions of a book vandal: why I tear the endings out of library books, and started with Treasure Island. Click here
From GalleyCat:
Nerdist Team to Publish a Fantasy YA Novel Through Inkshares. Click here
From Book Riot:
When Your Children Don't Love Your Favorite Childhood Stories. Click here
From the Guardian:
Julie Kagawa picks her top 10 dragons in fiction. Click here
From the L.A. Weekly:
Lifelong Star Wars Fanatic Cecil Castellucci Literally Wrote the Book on Princess Leia. Click here
From the Romper:
11 Children's Books That Teach Inclusion. Click here
From the NYTBR:
Pseudonymous Bosch writes about his pseudonym, and coming out from behind it. Click here
From Barnes and Noble:
Sherman Alexie Shares His Nine Favorite Picture Books. Click here
From NCAC:
Watch What You Tweet: Schools, Censorship, and Social Media. Click here
From the Guardian:
See which books made the Branford Boase Award shortlist for debut novel in the U.K. Click here
From the Guardian:
Decisions, decisions... and why you need to make them, by YA author Morgan Matson. Click here
From the Guardian:
Shockheaded Peter: sinister, subversive – and horrifically unforgettable. Click here
From Bustle:
6 Fictional Teachers from Children's Books Who Taught Us Life Lessons. Click here
From Hypable:
Alyson Noël discusses the heart-racing world of Unrivaled. Click here
From Justine:
The Mother-Daughter Book Club author's book recommendations for mother and daughters to enjoy together. Click here
From Brightly
10 Must-Have Books for Four-Year-Olds. Click here