French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr by starring in a film adaptation of Big Sur, joins the ranks of James Franco and Sam Riley in playing a beat writer. Published in 1962, Big Sur is the autobiographical novel of a celebrated young author who flees the literary hub of New York for a cabin on the coast of California. Josh Lucas will co-star as Cody Pomeray, a Neal Cassady-type character, and Kate Bosworth will also have a role. READ FULL STORY
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Pulitzer Prizes announced for 2011: Jennifer Egan's novel 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and Bruce Norris' play 'Clybourne Park' among winners
Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, a sprawling story that pivots from the story of an indie record label owner to a wide network of loosely connected characters, has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Pulitzer board called the book “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.” Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges, about a Manhattan family, and Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered, about a North Korean refugee and an American GI, were the finalists. (Notably, Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed Freedom was not recognized; Franzen’s The Corrections was a Pulitzer finalist in 2002.)
Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris about racially divergent families moving into (and out of) a single suburban home in 1959 and 2009, won the prize for Drama, cited as a “powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.” Lisa D’Amour’s tragicomedy Detroit and John Guare’s historical comedy A Free Man of Color, were the finalists.
Here’s the full list of winners and finalists for the “Letters, Drama, and Music” categories: READ FULL STORY
Unlike Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, which had years’ worth of hype before it sold its first copy, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, released last summer, has been a slower-burning literary sensation. After Goon Squad made its way onto many a top ten list in 2010, it made waves again last month when it beat out Freedom for the ultra-prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award. Goon Squad is hardly Egan’s first well-received, wildly inventive novel, but with another literary nod from across the pond and the new paperback release, Egan seems to be experiencing a new level of critical and commercial recognition. She took some time to talk to EW about Goon Squad and why it connected. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Mar. 14: Tina Fey and Steve Martin's joint show, James Frey's controversial Messiah, and more
Tina Fey and Steve Martin are putting on a show together in Los Angeles April 19th to talk about their books. Unlike lower profile authors who often have to road-trip to near-empty bookstores to hock their tomes, Fey and Martin will be gracing the Nokia Theater stage for a paying audience (tickets are on sale for $29 to $119). Martin will be talking about his art world novel An Object of Beauty, and Fey will be promoting her highly anticipated Bossypants.
If he can survive a verbal beatdown from Oprah, he can survive anything: James Frey clearly isn’t afraid of controversy. His new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, centers on the second coming of Christ, only his Messiah is a pot-smoking, prostitute-soliciting alcoholic from the Bronx. Yikes–let the firestorm begin!
beat out Freedom by Jonathan Franzen for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Personally, I applaud the board for awarding Egan’s highly original, immensely entertaining novel of interconnected stories (even though Franzen’s novel would have been a more than deserving winner as well). Goon Squad will be released in paperback Mar. 22.In what can only be seen as an upset, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad
Mick Taylor, former guitarist of the Rolling Stones, will pen a memoir about his time with the band.
Who says libraries are dead? Bolingbrook, Illinois got a three-story, $39.5 million state-of-the-art library stocked with flat-screens, self-checkout stations, an automated book sorter (what’s that?), and a cafe. A section called the Vortex, designed to attracted teens, is decked with plasma TVs and beanbag chairs. The library as a whole is meant to appeal more to young professionals. Suddenly Bolingbrook sounds like it’s worth a visit.
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