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N ational Book Awards 2018


The National Book Foundation has announced the long list of 10 books for the 2018 National Book Award for fiction. Finalists will be revealed on Oct. 10.


Jamel Brinkley, “A Lucky Man” (Graywolf Press)

Jennifer Clement, “Gun Love” (Hogarth)

Lauren Groff, “Florida” (Riverhead)

Daniel Gumbiner, “The Boatbuilder” (McSweeney’s)

Brandon Hobson, “Where the Dead Sit Talking” (Soho Press)

Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage” (Algonquin)

Rebecca Makkai, “The Great Believers” (Viking)

Sigrid Nunez, “The Friend” (Riverhead)

Tommy Orange, “There There” (Knopf)

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, “Heads of the Colored People” (Atria)

Winners will be announced Nov. 14 at a ceremony in New York City.


Non Fiction

Carol Anderson, “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy” (Bloomsbury)

Colin G. Calloway, “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation” (Oxford University Press)

Steve Coll, “Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan” (Penguin Press)

Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, “Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War” (One World)

Victoria Johnson, “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic” (Liveright)

David Quammen, “The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life” (Simon & Schuster)

Sarah Smarsh, “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” (Scribner)

Rebecca Solnit, “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)” (Haymarket)

Jeffrey C. Stewart, “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” (Oxford)

Adam Winkler, “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” (Liveright)


From Books To Film

Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton

  • What it’s about: This true story recounts the ordeal of WWII’s 10th mountain division ski troops, who trained in the snowy mountains so they could take on snowy conditions in the war.
  • Who’s starring: Robert Redford will produce the film, which has not been cast yet.


    • What it’s about: This young adult sci-fi tale is the first book in a trilogy about Kady and Ezra, two former love interests whose planet is invaded in the year 2575. Breakup stress and intergalactic warfare abound.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Brad Pitt is producing the film.
    • What it’s about: An upbeat teen’s positive outlook is challenged by personal tragedy in this YA drama.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Youth in Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta has signed on to direct


    • What it’s about: Set during the Prohibition era, private detective Nick Charles gives up on his career when he marries a wealthy socialite. The plot thickens when he gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
    • Who’s starring: Johnny Depp will take on a remake of the film based on the novel


    • What it’s about: A cerebral teen falls for a girl, the titular Alaska, in this novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.
    • Who’s starring: There’s no cast yet, but the screenplay will be adapted by the same team who did The Fault in Our Stars


    Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

    • What it’s about: A glamorous 20-something New Yorker hides a dark secret in her past.
    • Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie.


    The Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

    • What it’s about: A convict works undercover for the FBI infiltrating the mob’s drug trade in NY.
    • Who’s starring: Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman are starring.


    Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

    • What it’s about: In the May 2017 novel from the writer of The Girl on the Train, the body of a woman and that of a teenage girl are found at the bottom of the same river in a small town.
    • Who’s starring: The novel was optioned in February by Dreamworks, but no one has been cast yet.


    The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

    • What it’s about: The book changes perspective between a couple who has been together for 20 years while she takes care of him and he cheats on her.
    • Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman will produce and star in the adaptation as the wife.


    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    • What it’s about: Two generations of brothers with very different natures come of age in the Salinas Valley, CA.
    • Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Cathy, the cold mother of the two boys. Gary Ross will direct.


    Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

    • What it’s about: This historical account tells the true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the highest-ranking person of color to serve in a European army, and also the father of the Count of Monte Cristo‘s author.
    • Who’s starring: It hasn’t been cast yet, but True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga is directing and John Legend is producing


    • What it’s about: The historical drama tells the story of an Englishman, Stephen, and an older married Frenchwoman, Isabelle. After their affair, Stephen can’t help but hold onto the romance while he serves in WWI.
    • Who’s starring: Nicholas Hoult will star in Birdsong as Stephen, the 21-year-old WWI army officer.


    The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

    • What it’s about: Set in the the Summer of 1903, a detective investigates a crime outbreak that has ties the beginnings of the mafia in America.
    • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the adaptation.
    • Release date: 2018


    Van Cliburn by Howard Reich

    • What it’s about: This biography follows Van Cliburn, a famous American pianist who first reached fame at the age of 23 during the Cold War.
    • Who’s starring: The Fault of our Stars’ Ansel Elgort will play Van Cliburn.


    • What it’s about: It’s the true story of Billy Milligan, the first defendant in the US law system to use multiple personality disorder as a defense.
    • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and possibly star as Milligan in the adaptation, which will be titled The Crowded Room


    The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

    • What it’s about: In the 1960s, single Kitty owns a bookshop but dreams of a life where she’s married with children — and she starts to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
    • Who’s starring: Julia Roberts will play Kitty.


    • What it’s about: The short story follows a courtroom drama of a murder case with lots of twists, turns, and marital intrigue.
    • Who’s starring: Ben Affleck will direct and star in the movie.


    • What it’s about: A rich man spends an ungodly amount of money on one bottle of wine — only to suspect that he’s been duped.
    • Who’s starring: Matthew McConaughey will star.


    • What it’s about: A young slave nicknamed “Onion” joins forces with an abolitionist who travels around the country for the cause.
    • Who’s starring: Liev Schreiber is playing the abolitionist, with Jaden Smith as Onion.


    • What it’s about: The nonfiction book focuses on the diagnoses and behaviors of actual psychopaths.
    • Who’s starring: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the adaptation, which is being described as a psychological thriller.


    • What it’s about: A suburban couple attend a disastrous barbecue in this mystery.
    • Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (who both star in another Moriarty adaptation, Big Little Lies) will produce the adaptation, though there is no news yet on whether either actress will star


  • What it’s about: The timely novel (one of our favorites of the year) tells the story of young Starr Carter, who witnesses her best friend being killed at the hands of a police officer.
  • Who’s starring: Amandla Stenberg is playing Starr; Regina King will play her mother, and Anthony Mackie, Common, and Issa Rae all costar.

It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

  • What it’s about: War photographer Lynsey Addario recounts her exploits in wartime and battle-ridden places like Afghanistan.
  • Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey, and Steven Spielberg will direct.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

  • What it’s about: This nonfiction story follows William Dodd, the US ambassador to Berlin in 1933. His socialite daughter Martha had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy, creating a mounting brutality around them.
  • Who’s starring: Tom Hanks will produce and star in the film, while The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius will direct.

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

  • What it’s about: When a woman loses her whole family in a plane crash, she seeks revenge after being recruited by an intelligence agency.
  • Who’s starring: Blake Lively (who has been unrecognizable on set) is playing Stephanie. Jude Law costars.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

  • What it’s about: This bestseller argues that the most common relationship problems can be attributed to fundamental personality differences between guys and girls.
  • Who’s starring: Reese Witherspoon is set to headline the film.

King of Heists by J. North Conway

  • What it’s about: The aptly named film takes on the true life story of the biggest bank robbery in American history, masterminded by George Leslie.
  • Who’s starring: Jeremy Renner is attached to star as George.


Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

  • What it’s about: A federal agent in charge of a group of gifted humans has to stop one of them from starting a war.
  • Who’s starring: Though Jared Leto and Will Smith have both been attached to star, they have both dropped out; Noomi Rapace will star, however.

The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

  • What it’s about: The unbelievable true story of Daniel Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair to lure victims to his own “World’s Fair Hotel” — and to their deaths.
  • Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will play the sick-minded Holmes, though there’s no word yet on who will step in as Burnham. Martin Scorsese will direct.


Over A Century Ago Being A Victorian Librarian Was Dangerous

Melvil Dewey predicted they would suffer ill health, strain, and breakdowns.

Parthenon Replica Made Of Banned Books

100,000 forbidden books used to construct Parthenon replica on Nazi book-burning site


Parthenon of Books by Marta Minujín

Marta Minujín, The Parthenon of Books, 2017, in
 Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, for documenta 14. Photo by Ben Westoby for Artsy.

Artist recreates Parthenon at Nazi book-burning site with 100,000 banned titles (PHOTOS)

Argentinian artist Marta Minujín has used thousands of prohibited books to construct a replica of the Parthenon in Athens on a Nazi book-burning site in Kassel, Germany.Taking a stance against censorship, Minujín designed the Parthenon of Books to echo the classical Greek temple, which remains a major icon of the democratic Athenian polis.
In the 1930s and 1940s, the Nazis banned books that were written by authors who were of Jewish descent, or had pacifist or Communist sympathies. The list included such luminaries as Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, and Jack London. Now, some eight decades later, a monument is being constructed in honor of those censored books.Argentine artist Marta Minujín has created a full-scale replica of one of the world’s most famous structures, the Parthenon in Athens, constructed entirely from censored books. The symbolism is striking, as the Parthenon is the very antithesis of political repression. Indeed, the artist went on to add in a statement that the original Parthenon is “the aesthetic and political ideals of the world’s first democracy.”

The display is part of the Documenta 14 art festival in Kassel, Germany. Now in its 14th iteration, the Documenta was first established in 1955 an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, after the horrific years of Nazism. For the current exhibition, Minujín created the structure by sourcing 100,000 donated books from around the

Metal scaffolding mimics the form of the temple, which is then covered in books held by plastic wrapping. All the books were donated by the public from a shortlist of over 170 titles that are either currently or formerly prohibited.

lso emphasising Minujín’s motivation is the chosen site of Friedrichsplatz Park, where Nazi sympathisers burned an estimated 2,000 prohibited books on 19 May 1933.

The installation forms part this year’s Documenta 14 art festival in Kassel, a city in the north of central German state Hesse. It responded to a brief that asked contributing artists to explore the relationship between Kassel and Athens – the festival’s partnering city.

Also emphasizing Minujín’s motivation is the chosen site of Friedrichsplatz Park, where Nazi sympathizers burned an estimated 2,000 prohibited books on 19 May 1933.


Parthenon of Books by Marta Minujín

It opened just one week after the restoration of democracy on 19 December 1983, and the following week it was tipped over by two cranes to allow the public to take the books they wanted.

A similar distribution of the books is planned for the end of Documenta 14, although details are not yet confirmed.

Minujín also teamed up with the University of Kassel and professors Nikola Roßbach and Florian Gassner to compile a list of books that are currently forbidden in various locations around the world.

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A closer look at the books, which are secured by plastic to a steel structure.

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Parthenon of Books by Marta Minujín

Book burnings took place in cities across Germany in 1933 as part of the Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist, which translates as a Campaign against the Un-German Spirit.

Organized by the German Students Union, the events were intended to bring arts and culture in line with the Nazi ideals and rid blacklisted authors from circulation. Mass burnings were scheduled to take place on 10 May 1933 but Kassel’s was delayed due to rainfall.

Artist Recreates the Parthenon out of 100,000 Banned Books at Historic Nazi Book-Burning Site



National Book Awards Finalist



“Dark at the Crossing” by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

“The Leavers” by Lisa Ko (Algonquin Books)

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)

“Her Body and Other Parties: Stories” by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)


“Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (37 Ink)

“The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” by Frances FitzGerald(Simon & Schuster)

“The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” by MashaGessen (Riverhead)

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (Doubleday)

“Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” by Nancy MacLean (Viking)


“Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“The Book of Endings” by Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press)

“Whereas” by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press)

“In the Language of My Captor” by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press)

“Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems” by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)


“What Girls Are Made Of” by Elana K. Arnold (Carolrhoda Lab)

“Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway (HarperTeen)

“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad)

American Street” by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray)

See the long lists in young people’s literature, poetry, nonfiction and fiction.

The fundraising gala where the winners will be announced takes place Nov. 15 in New York.

President Obama Plans To Write Another Book


Obama plans to restart his literary career after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

He published his first book, the memoir “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, when he was 34. A second book “The Audacity of Hope” was published in 2006. Literary agent Raphael Sagalyn said that President Obama could earn 30 million for a multiple book deal and one of the most valuable memoirs. He also said that Michelle Obama’s memoir will be the most valued first lady memoir in history.

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