Quickies: Shortcomings & Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine Publisher/Year: Drawn and Quarterly, 2007 Format: Hardcover Pages: 104 Source: Library What it is: A graphic novel that explores the sticky issues of cultural identity. Ben Tanaka is a 30-year-old Japanese American who runs a movie house in Berkeley. His longtime girlfriend is Miko, who is also a Japanese American but embraces her culture way more thanContinue reading “Quickies: Shortcomings & Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

2012 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards took place last night. The winners were: Young People’s Literature: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander Poetry: Bewilderment, New Poems and Translations by David Ferry Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Fiction: The Round House by Louise Erdrich You can see a full list of the nominees here. I alsoContinue reading “2012 National Book Awards”

Nikky Finney’s 2011 NBA Speech

Today’s Author Friday video: Nikky Finney’s acceptance speech from last year’s National Book Awards ceremony. I know it made the rounds all over the place last November, but it’s so amazing that I just felt like hearing it again. The speech starts at about 4:45. You can get a transcript of the speech here viaContinue reading “Nikky Finney’s 2011 NBA Speech”

Patti Smith on books

Patti Smith, who won a 2010 National Book Award for Just Kids, had this to say in last night’s acceptance speech: Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book. I have a nook, but I concur (I still do most ofContinue reading “Patti Smith on books”