YOU GUYS!! It’s ALIVE! The NPR Book Concierge is at your service — see what we’ve been working on the past few months, and more importantly, see our favorite books of 2013 in a fantastic new clickable searchable playable-with format.
(If you really, REALLY miss our lists, here’s why we decided to do something a little different this year)
This is so, so cool and exciting! Thanks NPR Books!
"This year I spent some quality reading time with three sad men." —Alice McDermott on what she read this year.
One of those sad men is our very own Per Petterson! In Out Stealing Horses, “there’s as much cold, and dark introspection, and wood chopping as one might expect,” says McDermott. “But there is also tenderness and grief, and the land is beautiful.”
(via: The Millions)
I agree—wonderful novel.
“I don’t think science fiction is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
Read our 2013 interview with Ursula K. Le Guin, now available in its entirety online.
"In that season when we pause, take a breath, remember those long-ago holidays (and those lost times, friends, and places), and get ready for what the New Year may bring — what better time to take stock and ask ourselves the big question: How should I live, so as to do my best here, and leave easily? Ho, ho, ho indeed."
—George Saunders, author of Tenth of December, on what he’s giving this holiday season
Dear Miss Plath,
I’m sorry we decided against these poems. We like the second section of AMNESIAC very much, but cannot see any relation between it and the first section. Perhaps we’re being dense. But would you think over the possibility of printing the second section alone under that title? If you would care to resubmit it that way, we’d be happy to consider it again.
A rejection letter sent to Sylvia Plath.
forever is a moment we hold in our stomachs
Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards, 11/20/13Undoubtedly the most popular quote from last night’s 64th National Book Awards festivities. Maya Angelou was the recipient of the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Thank you— Last Night’s Reading— for the wonderful artwork featuring our event!
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29. [Wiki]
Awesome women in history.