The link below is to an infographic that takes a look at Goodreads over 2013.
The link below is to an article that takes a look at the ‘ugly’ world of literary feuds in 2013.
Imagine Poetry as a figure fighting through a gelatinous blob of pop culture with a big plaque (“CULTURAL RELEVANCE”) displayed on the other side. It is a strange and sluggish creature that is rarely reviewed and honored at its release date. There are gasps for air — the mangled poet whispering, “I-I-I e-exist.” Richard Blanco’s poem for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Patricia Lockwood’s “Rape Joke,” countless op-eds debating whether poetry has a pulse — this daunting form of writing made a delightful racket this year.
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2013 saw readers flock to big, 400-plus-page novels like no other year in recent memory. Books that spanned decades and continents, and featured casts of dozens, came into vogue in the middle of — and perhaps as an antidote to — our fast-paced, Twitter-stream world, where great pieces of long-form writing vanish from the computer screen almost as fast as banal Facebook updates from high-school friends. But it hasn’t just been a year of literary volume and breadth — it’s also been a year of novels filled with big ideas, rendered with great panache by some of our finest writers, resulting in a handful of modern classics that made 2013 a damn fine year to be a lover of fiction.
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No matter what country they’re in, book publishers worldwide share some of the same challenges. They’re grappling with the digital transition — which, depending on where you live, has either already arrived or is about to come knocking. They’re battling for readers’ eyeballs, trying to make books stand out in a sea of other forms of entertainment. And they’re figuring out how to price their digital content.
These themes were major topics of discussion at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, which brings over 200,000 book trade professionals to Germany each fall and took place this week. Here’s a roundup of the best coverage and biggest trends from the fair.
International ebook markets: What’s the same, what’s different
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Today’s news that author Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature was an “of course” moment to many who were anticipating the prize announcement — but that’s not everyone. Despite Munro’s long and prolific career, she’s what fellow author Margaret Atwood has described as “the kind of writer about whom it is often said — no matter how well known she becomes — that she ought to be better known.”
So, if you’re among those who ought to know her better, start here.
1. She writes short stories
Beware, Munro newbies: if you’re at a cocktail party tonight and somebody asks you your opinion of the Nobel winner, don’t bemoan the fact that you haven’t gotten the chance to read one of her novels. Munro, 82, doesn’t write them. The Nobel announcement cited her as a “master of the contemporary short story” and, though some of her…
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When the Swedish Academy revealed this morning (their afternoon) that Alice Munro had won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, the announcement had the feeling of something Munro herself would have written: utterly correct and true, though you wouldn’t necessarily have gotten there yourself. Things like this:
“We say of some things that they can’t be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do–we do it all the time.”
“Every year, when you’re a child, you become a different person.”
Or just this:
“Life would be grand if it weren’t for the people.”
Speculation swirled, as speculation does, around Philip Roth, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Adonis and Joyce Carol Oates, but as soon as Peter Englund, the academy’s permanent secretary, said it, no other choice seemed possible.
“It seems just so splendid a thing to happen, I can’t describe it,” Munro, 82, told the Canadian…
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The links below are to articles reporting on the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature which has been won by Alice Munro.
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The link below is to an article that takes a look at the nobel prize winner for literature.