Sherman Alexie has won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for War Dances, a collection of short stories and poems. The highlight of the collection, the title story, was published in the New Yorker in August.
Last night's event at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore bodes well for Beatrice.com Ron Hogan's new author-meets-blogger series. Novelist Victor Lavalle read from his excellent new book, Big Machine, and chatted with blog queen Maud Newton about "horror" in fiction, finding his character's voice, and his own childhood days spent skipping church to go to the arcade. We'll be back at Greenlight on Wednesday, when authors/musicians Rick Moody and Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) read from their recent work and play music.
Has the iPad been naughty? Apple has demanded that companies with early access to the tablet computer subject it to strict, dominatrix-style treatment: "The companies must agree to keep the iPad hidden from public view, chained to tables in windowless rooms." And—no suprise here—Amazon wasn't given an early iPad, though they plan to have a Kindle iPad app ready shortly after the April 3rd release date.
The American Prospect explains why the National Enquirer shouldn't win a Pulitzer Prize.
The two-volume Oxford Companion to the Book, weighing in at twelve pounds, crushed our Kindle senseless and upended a precariously placed cup of coffee as it arrived on our desk with a commanding thud. Originally conceived in the mid-1990s, the tome is old-media porn, with an ornately patterned slipcase, gold embossed binding, and ribbon placeholder. We've considered covering our copy in plastic to protect it from outpourings of bibliophile drool.