Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Chatter

The Frankfurt Book Fair is winding down, and I'm looking forward to hearing stories when my compadres return (I took a break from attending this year because of family commitments). It sounds like the fair has been relatively quiet as compared to past years, which I can't help but think is a result of the current economic woes.

I'm hoping to have manuscript notes to the two trivia contest winners by Monday.

Jofie Ferrari-Adler conducted another kick ass interview for Poets & Writers, this time with Algonquin editor Chuck Adams.

Lorraine Bodger had a great time on The Faith Middleton Show yesterday. You should be able to access her interview on their website in about a week.

I really like the show Life on Mars, but it's hard not to ignore the big gaps in the world-building. I'm hoping they get this fixed soon.

I never want to hear about Joe the Plumber again.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And the Nominees Are

The nominees for the National Book Awards were announced, and are as follows:

Fiction
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project
Rachel Kushner, Telex from Cuba
Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country
Marilynne Robinson, Home
Salvatore Scibona, The End

Nonfiction
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Jim Sheeler, Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
Joan Wickersham, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order

Poetry
Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems
Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day
Richard Howard, Without Saying
Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler

Young People's Literature
Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath
Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

In particular, I'd like to congratulate Kathi Appelt and MaryKatherine Callaway at the LSU Press!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Where's my jetpack Barack Obama?

Mac Montandon blogs at The Huffington Post about politics, Obama, and jetpacks.