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Thursday, November 20, 2003

What's new, what's not so new 

Shirley Hazzard is the winner of the National Book Award for her novel THE GREAT FIRE. Other winners include Carols Eire (non-fiction), K.C. Williams (poetry) and Polly Horvath. At the beginning of the ceremony, Stephen King received his lifetime achievement award and received two separate standing ovations from the crowd. For more commentary, look for Terry Teachout's report later today.

Ah, elections. Lots of news, lots of fights, and lots of headaches for publishers trying to release timely books. If only the world would cooperate with their desires!

I first heard about this "Lit Idol" thing over the summer and I still think it's kind of a weird idea. The judging panel of the would-be novelists is skewed somewhat towards chicklit, as it includes Jenny Colgan and Emlyn Rees (as well as Colgan's agent, Ali Gunn.)

Jeanette Winterson explains why she loves the country life.

With his novel WICKED now a Broadway musical, and a new book out (MIRROR, MIRROR), Gregory Maguire is well into the round of interviews.

January Magazine is rather lukewarm on Peter Carey's MY LIFE AS A FAKE.

Pete Dexter is interviewed at PW where he talks about his work, lazy readers, and Stephen King's NBA win. (link from Mark Sarvas.)

The Scotsman features another debut success story, newly minted children's novelist Janey Jones.

Mystery Ink has several new reviews of the latest books by Jill Churchill, P.D. James, and Kit Ehrman.


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