Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2009 National Book Award Winners

Recently the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2009 National Book Awards:

Fiction: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Non-Fiction: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles
Poetry: Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy by Keith Waldrop
Young People's Literature: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the National Book Foundation is honoring its past winners by nominating six titles for the Best of the National Book Awards. Voting was open to the public. Over 10,000 people voted and Flannery O'Connor's Complete Stories, which originally won the NBA in 1972, was chosen as the Best of the Best for 2009.

Book News From USA Today

Keep up on this season's releases with USA Today's interactive Fall Books calendar.

USA Today says: "O no!"
Last week's news that Oprah is closing shop on September 9, 2011 has the publishing world wondering: What now? All 63 Oprah book club picks since 1996 have made USA Today's Top 50 list of bestsellers and 19 hit No. 1. Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth was No. 1 longest at 11 consecutive weeks.

Oprah's influence goes beyond book club picks: recent appearances on Oprah by Mackenzie Phillips and Sarah Palin helped make them best sellers.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Word of the Year is "Unfriend"

The New Oxford American Dictionary has chosen "unfriend" as the 2009 Word of the Year. It means to remove someone from your friend list on a social network like Facebook. Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford's US dictionary program, said the word was chosen because of its "currency and potential longevity" .... plus it has "real lex-appeal."

Some of the other words under consideration were: "birther", "death panels", and "sexting." The important attributes considered in selecting a Word of the Year (WOTY) are both its popularity and its cultural importance over the course of the past 12 months. It was the first time in recent years that the WOTY did not spring fairly directly from the lexicon of environmentalists.

Over the course of the past three years, ("hypermiling" in 2008, "locavore" in 2007, and "carbon neutral" in 2006), the WOTY selections had been starting to look pretty green