First Britain's Man Booker Prize winner is announced, delivering comedy (for the first time), and then the finalists for the National Book Award, delivering omission (shock!). The NBA finalists are listed here, providing good selections for your Reading Table.
Michel de Montaigne provided answers in his famous essays to the universal question of how to live. Sarah Blackwell's biography of the 16th century philosopher weaves those answers into his life story. Also in this week's literary encounters, a memoir of piano lessons, some poetry and even an illuminated breviary.
Some books I came across this week during my usual perusal of all things about books.
Confessional poet Diane Wakoski wrote "The Collected Greed Parts 1-13" over several years. She writes in the introduction that she wanted to pontificate about life, to moralize, and yet somehow to write a poem which would have a nobility to it. And so she did.
I heard Mary Oliver read in Cleveland Tuesday night at the Ohio Theater Playhouse Square. I never in my life thought I'd get to see her read, let alone get her signature on my books, because I'd always read Mary Oliver remained a step back from the public eye. And then here I was at her public reading.
"A Scattering" by Christopher Reid is 62 pages of moving poetry -- a tribute to Reid's wife who died in 2005. It's a worthy and very satisfying collection to read during April, National Poetry Month.
The National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for their annual awards in fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, criticism and poetry. Here's the list.
I like to read poetry, but getting to know poets by purchasing their new collections takes a toll on the wallet. Here's why.
All Sides Weekend on WOSU 820 AM NPR News last Friday included a discussion about unforgettable books read in 2009. Here's my complete list.
Some thanks, some poetry, some good wishes and more in this Thanksgiving message originally posted in 2009.
Awards were announced late Wednesday night. Colum McCann won for fiction. Here are all the winners.
The National Book Award finalists have been announced. Here's the list, plus a link to the award site.
Marie Ponsot's "Easy" got a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. I don't know her poetry, but from what I'm reading, I want to change that.
The U.K. announced the winner of its prestigious Man Booker Prize. Now it's time in the U.S. for the National Book Award.
An impulsive mid-day trip to a bookstore on the other side of town connected me to unexpected treasures of Anne Sexton's poetry. Here's what I bought, and why I thought of Kathleen Norris's "Acedia & Me."