– A Weekly Post By Megan Shaffer
October 18, 2009
-I’m just so excited for National Book Award rookie Bonnie Jo Campbell. Check out the article Words Without Borders in the New York Times where they mention our Kalamazoo resident and her WSU Press contender American Salvage.
Of National Interest
-The National Book Award Finalists were announced on Wednesday (see Local Voice below). In 2009, 193 publishers submitted 1,129 books for consideration. The final titles for fiction are posted on the site under their respective categories. The winner will be announced on November 18th in New York, and will walk away with both prestige and $10,000 to their name.
-Ouch! The DaVinci Code was entertaining, but it didn’t leave me clamoring for more. I haven’t surfed or scoped out reviews of Dan Brown’s latest, highly publicized book The Lost Symbol, but this painfully enjoyable roast by Maureen Dowd is not to be missed! Check out her review Capital Secrets from the New York Times book review.
-I don’t usually post about kids books, however I would be remiss not to mention the craze over the clever Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days release last Monday. Special events took place across the country to celebrate the fourth book from Jeff Kinney and his Middle School musings.
-Wayne State University is having a bang-up week. Author Bonnie Jo Campbell’s book “American Salvage” was announced as a nominee for the National Book Award on Wednesday. The book is part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series from the Wayne State University Press. This is the first time a the WSU Press has had a finalist for the award. Campbell resides in Kalamazoo.
-The Michigan Hemingway Society will sponsor their 2009 conference October 16-18, at the Odawa Hotel in Petosky. Artist and author Colette Hemingway will be the keynote speaker. This year’s theme is Hemingway and art.
-Today, Sunday October 18th, the Book Beat is presenting a panel discussion and celebration of the Detroit Artists Workshop with founder and poet John Sinclair at 2:00. Others on hand for the panel discussion and celebration will be historian Mike Jernigan and poet James Semark.
-Fan of Bob Seger? Book Beat will offer a rock n’ roll presentation of Gary Graff and Tom Weschler’s new book Travelin’ Man: On the Road with Bob Seger this Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00.
-Detroit poet ML Liebler, who was recently honored a Barnes & Noble award himself, will curate an event at the Book Beat on Friday, October 23rd at 7:00, with poets Mark Nowak and John Jeffire.
-Paul Vachon, author of “Forgotten Detroit” will discuss his book on October 23rd at 7:00 at Borders in Birmingham. Mr. Vachon’s book “goes behind the headlines of history to explore some lesser-known stories about Detroit’s rise from fur-trading center to 20th-Century industiral powerhouse.”
-The Detroit Free Press offers a fine article on Bich Minh Nguyen and her book Stealing Buddha’s Dinner in honor of her upcoming appearances for the Great Michigan Read. A full review of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner can also be found on my Feature Review page.
-Wayne State poet M.L. Liebler has won a Barnes & Noble Award for 2010. “The honor is given to writers who’ve helped other writers and given back to the writing community,” according to the full article in the Detroit Free Press.