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  1. National Book Award Winners 2013

    November 22, 2013 by LitStackEditor


    The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of book-open-04Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, and Poetry. The winners are:

    Fiction: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

    Nonfiction: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

    Young People’s Literature: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

    Poetry: Incarnadine by Mary Szybist

    Perhaps the most notable literary prize in America, the National Book Awards are in their 64th year. Past winners have included a few forgotten talents, but also many revered literary greats – Saul Bellow and William Faulkner, to name a few.

    This year was the first time the National Book Foundation released both a long list and a short list of nominees. The short list for Fiction differed from those of recent years, in that it featured no debut authors.

    Whether the awards accurately predict which books will catch fire with the American public has been a point of contention among writers. Critic James Wood called literary awards “the new reviews,” but Salon’s Laura Miller has called the National Book Awards “irrelevant.” The prominence of last year’s winners implies otherwise: Louise Erdrich took home the Fiction award for The Round House, andNew Yorker veteran Katherine Boo, who’d previously won both a Pulitzer and a MacArthur Fellowship, snagged a win for her moving story of poverty in India,Behind the Beautiful Forevers.


  2. What Disney Left Out: Gruesome Details of Your Favorite Fairytales

    November 18, 2013 by LitStackEditor

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    The Huffington Post published a great piece on the glossed over details that Disney left out fairy talesof some of their fairy tale-inspired films. The list, and details, are great and we’ve included just a few of them in the following. Check out the full list here. From THP:

    Below is a collection of horrifying details that Disney chose to leave out of all of these book/fairy tale/play adaptations. Read on only if you want to completely ruin your childhood.


  3. First Look: ‘Maleficent’ Trailer

    November 15, 2013 by LitStackEditor


    The first trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent,” with Angelina Jolie playing the iconic villainess of the title, Maleficentdebuted on Wednesday. “You’ll be afraid,” Jolie sneers to Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora before the teaser cuts to Maleficent making a giant barricade of intwined and (and likely cursed) trees. Scary. A twist on the classic fairytale “Sleeping Beauty,” Disney has “Maleficent” set for release on May 30, 2014. Watch the first trailer below.




  4. Thug Notes: Macbeth

    November 13, 2013 by LitStackEditor

    This week, Sparky Sweets, PhD brings his unique insight to bear on the Scottish play.

    What are we to make of all that blood, murder and general toil and trouble? Is Macbeth solely to blame or are there greater forces at work, causing him to “ball ’til he falls”?

    Watch the latest episode of Thug Notes above.

  5. As You Wish! ‘The Princess Bride’ Is Coming To The Stage

    November 12, 2013 by LitStackEditor

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    From The Huffington Post:wesley and buttercup

    As you wish! Beloved fairy tale turned cult rom com “The Princess Bride” is coming to the stage.

    Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage production based on his iconic 1973 novel. Describing it only as a “new theatrical work,” the announcement left the book and film’s many diehard fans to wonder whether or not the show will be a musical. To heighten the mystery, the creative team and timetable for the project have yet to be determined.

    To now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who brokered the deal. The project is in no way related to the failed 2007 attempt at a musical adaptation.

    Although few details have been released about the specifics of the upcoming production, if it’s anything like Rob Reiner’s 1987 film adaptation, we’re in very good shape. Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, the film quickly rose to cult status with its heartwarming storyline and infinitely quotable script.

    We can hardly wait until Princess Buttercup, Westley and the gang are making out before us IRL. In the words of the Man in Black, “But for now, rest well and dream of large women.”

  6. Jimmy Fallon’s Disturbing Fall ‘Do Not Read’ List

    November 11, 2013 by LitStackEditor


    File this one under “ewwwwww!”FALLON

    From THP:

    We know what you’re thinking: ANOTHER book about meat stretching?

    “The Meat Stretcher Cook Book” is just one of the ridiculous books Jimmy Fallon presented in his semi-annual “Do Not Read” list. That, plus a book about getting rid of dead bodies and a SUPER creepy piano teacher made this edition a particularly disturbing one.


  7. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Books Are Dirtier Than the Porn Version

    October 29, 2013 by LitStackEditor

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    A recently-announced porn spoof of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” may have george rr martinseemed blasphemous to fans, but the author took a surprising stance on“Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming”: He says it’s not dirty enough.

    When asked about the adaptation at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Martin said, “In the porn version that they’re doing they’ve omitted the incest because that would just be too shocking. So my books are actually dirtier than the porn version!”

    He’s referring, of course, to the sexual relationship between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, who are twin siblings. Lee Roy Myers, the director of the film and a co-founder of, has said that his production company tries to “avoid incest as a running theme in porn.”

    The first five episodes of “Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming” are now available online; They star James Deen (of “The Canyons” fame) and April O’Neil.


  8. Classic Books In 35 Seconds

    October 28, 2013 by LitStackEditor

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    “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

    From The Huffington Post:

    “Life in Five Seconds: Over 200 Stories For Those With No Time to Waste,” put together by the design and advertising firm H-57, came out earlier this month.

    It is a series of pictographs that takes on over 200 important events, inventions great lives, and cultural icons and condenses them to the essential moments. In other words, it’s hilarious.

    We took an excerpt of some of the book-themed infographics that the book offered. Check out a few of the selections in the following. See the full post here.

  9. Whiting Writers’ Awards Announced

    October 23, 2013 by LitStackEditor

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    From THP:writer writing

    NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Ten emerging authors, poets and playwrights have been picked as winners of $50,000 prizes for showing “exceptional talent and promise.”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner hosted a ceremony in Manhattan on Monday for the Whiting Writers’ Awards.

    Recipients include fiction writers Hanna Dela Cruz Abrams and Amanda Coplin (COPE’-lin), poets Ishion (EYE’-shee-on) Hutchinson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips and playwright Virginia Grise (GRICE’). The other honorees are fiction writers Jennifer DuBois, C.E. Morgan and Stephanie Powell Watts, nonfiction writer Morgan Meis (MEESE’) and nonfiction-fiction writer Clifford Thompson.

    The Whiting prizes were established in 1985. Previous winners include Kushner, Jonathan Franzen and Mary Karr.

  10. 13-Year-Old Minnesota Girl, Donates 1 Million Books

    October 14, 2013 by LitStackEditor


    At age 8, Maria Keller, of Orono, Minn., learned that not all children own a book. n-BOOK-GIRL-largeDetermined to do something about it, she declared she would donate 1 million books to kids in need by the time she turned 18. Keller not only reached her goal this week, she did it five years early. On Tuesday, a children’s book publisher in Mankato, Minn., gave the 13-year-old philanthropist the last 36,000 books she needed to reach her goal, Fox affiliate KMSP reported. “I’m thrilled to see my dream to give books to kids, hundreds of thousands of kids, come to reality,” Maria wrote on the website of her nonprofit, Read Indeed. Keller has distributed books to hospitals, schools and nonprofits around the world. According to an Oct. 9 entry on the site, Keller’s tally is actually now 1,012,227. But she isn’t stopping there. She urged the contributions to keep coming and said she would launch a new literacy initiative soon. Keller hovered around the 800,000 mark in February, the Sun Sailor wrote, drawing admiration for her campaign. “For somebody so young and doing this for other people, it just shows what kind of heart she has,” Jodi Valentino, executive program director for a child development center, told the publication. Maria, an avid reader who lists “The Giver” among her favorite books, began her crusade with family and friends. She then graduated to staging local book drives and used the garage to store the donations. The inventory grew so large that thefamily secured a warehouse, with volunteers helping to sort and box, KARE 11 reported in 2012, Now that Maria has surpassed her pledge, her mother, Maura, reflected on her accomplishment. “What amazes me is how many lives she’s touched,” she told KMSP. Care to donate to Read Indeed? Click here. Source