In today’s Publisher’s Weekly it was announced that The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson as won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. According to PW, The Orphan Master’s Son was called “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” Though the Pulitzer historically awards works “preferably dealing with American life,” Johnson’s novel takes place mostly in North Korea. PW‘s review stated: “Johnson’s novel accomplishes the seemingly impossible: an American writer has masterfully rendered the mysterious world of North Korea with the soul and savvy of a native.”
The Oscar Nominations just came out today. Click on this link to see what they are. There are so many great movies to choose from that you can still see in the theaters. The Academy Awards will be held on February 24th, 2013. Start planning your Oscar party now!
On Thursday, November 1st the 46th annual CMA awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. This is country music’s biggest night! It will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It will be televised from 7-10pm. Watch and see what country music favorites will win this year!
The Grammy nominations were announced yesterday. Kanye West topped the nominations with 7, beating out Adele by 1. Check out this list for other nominees. The Grammy Award’s show will be on February 12, 2012. If you are unfamiliar with one of the nominees, this would be a great opportunity to find their cd at the library. Then you will be familiar with them for the award show. Happy Listening!
Born April 1, 1926, Anne McCaffrey passed away November 21, 2011. She was the well-known author of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, specifically The DragonRiders of Pern. She published nearly 100 books. Though of Amercian birth she emigrated to Ireland where she had lived since 1970. She was the first woman to win the Hugo award in 1968 and in 1969 was the first woman to win the Nebula award. Her special contribution has been to make emotion and love respectable subjects in science fiction. She will be missed.
Don’t forget that the 45th Annual County Music Awards are on tonight. Tune in tonight at 7pm. Country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the show. You can check out more information at this website http://source.cmaworld.com/. You won’t have to wait long to see who the winners are!
Kay Ryan has joined an elite cast with the announcement that she has been chosen as the the new Poet Laureate. Known for her sly, compact poems that revel in wordplay and internal rhymes, Ms. Ryan has won a huge amount of poetry prizes for her funny and philosophical work, including awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2004, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, worth $100,000.
In her poem, Shark’s Teeth she writes:
of city holds maybe
a minute of these
remnants of a time
when silence reigned,
compact and dangerous
as a shark.
The American Film Institute (AFI) just announced the 10 greatest films in 10 classic Genres. Check out the site at www.afi.com See which movies made the top ten in each genre. Take a quiz to see how well you know movies. I’m happy to say the WNPL has most of these movies. If we don’t please ask us to interlibrary loan it for you if you have a WNPL card. You may discover movies that you’ve never seen before!
Bestselling author, Patricia Cornwell recently received the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year for her latest novel, “Book of the Dead.” This makes her the first American to ever win this prestigious award. This is her 15th novel to feature Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, but soon finds herself embroiled in grisly crime scenes.
Also, Lifetime Television announced that they will adapt two of her novels for T.V. “At Risk” and “The Front” have been optioned.