On the Books: Malala Yousafzai wins at Specsavers National Book Awards; Pew survey finds 95% of Americans call public libraries 'important'

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Activist Malala Yousafzai has picked up another award for her book, while a Pew survey is shedding light on how Americans perceive public libraries. Read on for more top books headlines:

Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala has won the Nonfiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards, which showcases British authors as well as critically acclaimed books with worldwide appeal. [The Telegraph]

Here’s some good news: According to a new Pew survey, 95 percent of the 6200 Americans interviewed say they “agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.” And the bad news: Only 54 percent said they actually used a public library last year. [Pew]

The National Endowment for the Arts has granted 38 writers, including Catherine Chung, Peter Gadol, and Alex Espinoza, with their Creative Writing Fellowships, a $25,000 award for each to promote creative writing in 2014. [NEA]

Author and philosopher A.C. Grayling has been announced as the chair of the Man Booker Prize judging panel for 2014, the first year that U.S. authors will also be eligible. [The Telegraph]

Mark Yakich at The Atlantic explains why poetry matters. [The Atlantic]

The list parade continues with the Huffington Post‘s picks for the 30 best art books of 2013. [Huffington Post]

ICYMI: Jason Segel has been cast as David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s report on his road trip with the author. Jesse Eisenberg will be playing David Lipsky. [EW]


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