Sara Marcus reads from Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans at the inaugural event for online magazine Triple Canopy's new Brooklyn space.

Congratulations to Triple Canopy for inaugurating their new space at 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with a 48 hour plus reading of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans.

The announcements for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists were made on Saturday. Topping the list for fiction are Jeffrey Eugenides for The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Alan Hollinghurst for The Stranger’s Child (Knopf); and for nonfiction, Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Maya Jasanoff’s Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War (Knopf), and Amanda Foreman’s A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (Random House). Winners will be announced on March 8 at a ceremony in New York.

The Financial Times wonders why American novelists are oh so interested in sports.

After reading from from Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil, and Ruchir Joshi were asked to leave India's Jaipur Literature Festival early this week due to an allegeded “threat to their lives, and to the safety of the festival.”

Denmark's EGE Carpets is now selling a line of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired illustrated rugs.