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'New York Times' names 10 best books of 2011: Stephen King makes the cut


Last week, the New York Times named its 100 finalists for best books of the year, and now that they’ve whittled their picks down to the 10 best, there are a few surprises. Stephen King’s commercial time-travel novel, 11/22/63, made the list, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ much-anticipated, generally well received yet somewhat polarizing novel The Marriage Plot was edged out. Karen Russell’s zany Swamplandia! is a quirky but not at all unusual choice, and of course, year-end lists always celebrate the new and the splashy, so expect Chad Harbach and 26-year-old Téa Obreht’s heralded debuts to continue racking up the “Best Of” honors.

There are fewer oddballs in the nonfiction category. Malcolm X by the late Manning Marable was arguably the favorite to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction this year — that honor went to Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve, which doesn’t appear in this top 10. See the full list below, in alphabetical order: READ FULL STORY

'Bag of Bones' website filled with Stephen King Easter eggs

Die-hard Stephen King fans are likely already aware of Bag of Bones, the miniseries starring Pierce Brosnan that premieres Dec. 11 on A&E. What they may not have noticed, however, are the 150-odd references and puzzles tucked into the companion website, Dark Score Stories.

Some of the clues — a Beaumont University baseball cap, a Sunlight Gardner Home T-shirt — are easy to spot, while others, like book titles and phrases hidden in scattered letters on the page, take a little more concentration. READ FULL STORY

Frey, Murakami make 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award shortlist

First he was infamous for fabricating his memoir A Million Little Pieces, but now James Frey is among an elite crowd that Britain’s Literary Review has nominated for another nefarious honor – the year’s worst sex writing. Frey joins Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Australian author Christos Tsiolkas and nine others in writing the most cringe-worthy bedroom scenes of the year.

In what could be considered the Razzies of fiction, this year’s winner will be announced on December 6. Last year the award went to Rowan Somerville for lines like “Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” in his novel The Shape of Her.

On Twitter, the London-based Literary Review @Lit_Review posted their favorite lines from this year’s finalists:

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I feel like I need a shower after reading those tweets! Have you read anything that should have been on this list but didn’t make the cut?

The 'New York Times' names its 100 Notable Books of 2011


As a ramp-up to naming the 10 best of the year, the New York Times released its annual long-long list of notable books of 2011, splitting it 45-55 between fiction and nonfiction. The list hits many of the big literary names: Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding (Amazon’s pick for book of the year), Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, and Joan Didion’s Blue Nights, although it doesn’t include perhaps the buzziest book of the year, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Big award winners like The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (the Man Booker Prize) and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (the National Book Award for nonfiction) both earned a nod, but the National Book Award winner for fiction, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, is noticeably missing.

Read more:
Amazon chooses Top 10 Books of 2011 — ‘The Art of Fielding’ is no. 1
‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson: EW review
Jesmyn Ward on winning the National Book Award — plus, she takes the EW Book Quiz!
National Book Awards: Jesmyn Ward wins fiction prize

Listen to an audio clip from Stephen King's '11/22/63' -- EXCLUSIVE

Stephen King, the ever-prolific master of horror, has written a hefty, high-concept novel, out Nov. 8, that combines time travel and a thrilling attempt to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There’s an exclusive excerpt from the 11/22/63 in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands today, but as an added bonus, you can listen to an exclusive snippet from the audiobook below. (Okay, at more than 30 minutes, it might seem like more than a snippet, but keep in mind, this is a very long book). READ FULL STORY

Stephen King announces 'Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep' -- watch King read an excerpt (VIDEO)

The long anticipated sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, is now official! There aren’t many details available about Dr. Sleep — Stephen King broke the news on his website yesterday in an item about two tweets long — but he did read an excerpt at George Mason University last weekend. It appears the sequel follows a grownup Danny Torrance, a hospice worker who helps patients die painlessly. He comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe. King says he’s close to finishing the manuscript.

See/hear the excerpt of Dr. Sleep below: READ FULL STORY

On the Books Aug. 25: Steve Jobs biography to be updated with resignation news, and more

++ Steve Jobs’ biography Steve Jobs: A Biography will include the Apple CEO’s point of view on last night’s announcement of his resignation. Biographer Walter Isaacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on final chapter of the book,” a Simon & Schuster rep told PCMag. This is the first biography with the famously closed-off Apple chief’s blessing, and we’re promised unprecedented access — Jobs didn’t even request a final review before the book goes to print. Steve Jobs will hit bookstores in November. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Aug. 24: Stephen King producing left-leaning radio show, 'Notting Hill' bookstore closing, and more

++ The Travel Bookshop, the site of pivotal scenes between Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, will be closing unless someone comes to the rescue. Several authors and Alec Baldwin, who also had a role in the film, are voicing their support for the store.

++ Master of horror Stephen King is taking on a truly scary endeavor: putting on a left-leaning radio talk show in a market dominated by conservative talking heads. Pat LaMarche and Matt Dunlap will host “The Pulse Morning Show” on King’s Maine-based Zone Radio. READ FULL STORY

On the Books July 28: Bernie Madoff book (maybe) in the works; Grisham makes lawyers look cool, as per usual

++ John Grisham wins the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, an award for “exemplifying the positive role of lawyers in society,” for The Confession, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, there’s no word on whether The Lincoln Lawyer‘s Michael Connelly plans to appeal.

++ British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a sneak-peek excerpt from Stephen King’s introduction to a new edition of The Lord of The Flies. King ruminates on the nature of childhood and name-drops Terrence Malick.

++ And speaking of the Telegraph: According to the Los Angeles Times, a UK court ordered the British broadsheet to pay the equivalent of $100,000 in damages to art writer Sarah Thornton, who claimed she was libeled in a review of her bestseller Seven Days In The Art World. Let this serve as a cautionary tale to us all—Canadian contemporary art critics are not to be messed with.

++ And, on the Un-Googleable Book Releases front, Little, Brown has announced that “Untitled,” by Anonymous, will hit shelves this fall, the New York Times reports. There’s speculation that the title of the 320-page nonfiction text will change to something a little snappier containing the words “Bernie Madoff”: An internal company database at Little, Brown’s parent company lists freelance writer Catherine Hooper, fiancée of the former NASDAQ chairman’s younger son, as a co-author.

Can Stephen King handle time travel?

stephen-kingImage Credit: Joe Kohen/Getty ImagesIf you’re a true fan of Stephen King, by now you’ve probably read the synopsis of his upcoming book, 11/22/63. The plot is pretty out there: Jake Epping, a teacher, travels to 1958 via a portal in his friend’s diner, where he takes on a mission to prevent the Kennedy assassination. In the meantime, he meets a disturbed man named Lee Harvey Oswald, deals with culture shock of finding himself in a past decade (I can already picture a time travel cliche in the film version: Jake at a soda shop, where “One Fine Day” is playing in the background), and falls passionately in love with a comely librarian named Sadie Dunhill. The upcoming 1,000-page novel sounds like an intriguing departure for Uncle Stevie, but not all of his readers are convinced. Allison Flood of the Guardian counts herself among King’s fans but remains skeptical as to whether he can make time travel interesting.


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