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The National Book Awards ceremony, held just blocks from the Occupy Wall Street protests, was a gilded tribute to the 99 percent. Stories of resilience in the face of poverty, displacement and disappearance were awarded Wednesday
Jesmyn Ward's novel "Salvage the Bones" has won the National Book Award for fiction. Stephen Greenblatt's "The Swerve" won for nonfiction Wednesday night.
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US book awards announce wrong shortlist The two novels' similar-sounding titles were blamed for the mistake Organisers of the National Book Awards in the US have mistakenly announced the wrong shortlist at their launch night. A "miscommunication" led
They were reform-minded preachers burned for questioning the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church at a time when this was heresy. Remember them as you read Stephen Greenblatt's "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," which starts in the winter
The Women on the 6th Floor involves a bourgeois Parisian businessman who discovers a happy world with a small group of Spanish maids living in his family's building. The new Web site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art allows for an incredibly
Tickets are free with the purchase of "The Swerve" from University Book Store or at the door; otherwise tickets are $5.
It's not the Da Vinci Code," says Stephen Greenblatt, "but it tells the same story: the thrill and astonishment when something very old, something thought to be lost, forgotten, returns to the world with the potential to change it." Greenblatt is
Michael Dirda for the Washington Post , 21 September, Eric Ormsby , " How the Secular World Began ," WSJ , 26 September, Dwight Garner, " An Unearthed Treasure That Changed Things ," NYT , 27 September, and Sarah Bakewell , " Saving Lucretius ," NYT ,
In Primo Levi's personal anthology of his favourite writings, The Search for Roots, is a specialist paper on how to prevent cockroach attack on industrial varnishes. Levi's "roots" were only part literary: by profession he was an industrial chemist.