Pretending I have time for this today, but it’s been too long since I wrote a Bookbits, and the blog’s a bit Gift-Ideas-heavy at the moment 🙂 Necessarily so, mind you, since we have a lot of buyers and they all have books that would make for great gifts in their sections! But still, a little bit of literary news makes for a nice change, right?
- Let’s start off with awards. The 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction was won earlier this month by Steve Silberman for Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently. The 2015 National Book Awards were handed out last night, and produced 4 winners: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (Fiction), Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Nonfiction), Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (Poetry), and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Young People’s Literature).
- In other awards news: Morrissey is short-listed for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins the Best of the Best of the Bailey’s Prize for Women Fiction, and check who made it onto the Costa Book Awards shortlists here.
- Lists! John O’Farrell lists the Top 10 Celebrity Appearances in Fiction. Flavorwire lines up all the Hunger Games spin-offs of the past decade (nothing new here for YA fans, sorry!). And for all the NaNoNovelists out there: 25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer (to be read in December, of course, because right now you have to get back to your book and writewritewrite!).
- Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles covers are finally getting the skin tone of the hero right. How can this still be an issue? And foei! to the Dutch publishers, who were one of the many that got it wrong.
- Essay! David Mitchell explains his enduring love for Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. And Otto Penzler tackles the life of Sherlock Holmes – will Maarten, ABC’s resident Holmesian, agree with his findings?
- Need more book quotes to be inspired by? The Guardian lists their favorite ones from The Little Prince.
- And finally, listen to Kurt Vonnegut give a lecture at NYU in 1970 on man-eating lampreys and so much more (via HuffPostBooks):