First of all, I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK from tomorrow until Monday. I don’t know how frequent my internet connection will be, so there will be only sporadic blogging for the next few days.
To tide you over, here are some links:
This will probably please the traditionalists who were unhappy with this year’s shortlist and the jury. And it’s certainly nice for Julian Barnes to finally win on his fourth nomination. Nonetheless, I can’t shake the feeling that the least interesting book won.
Meanwhile, the fashion for one word titles in young adult publishing has caused an embarrassing mix-up in the YA category of the National Book Awards, when a novel called Shine by Lauren Myracle was mistakenly announced as a nominee rather than a novel called Chime by Fanny Billingsley. Chime was eventually given an extra slot on the shortlist, while Shine was supposed to remain on the list as well, until Lauren Myracle decided to withdraw. Still a very embarrassing situation.