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National Book Award Winners 2013

The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, 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 […]

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First Look: ‘Maleficent’ Trailer

The first trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent,” with Angelina Jolie playing the iconic villainess of the title, debuted 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,” […]

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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.

Classic Books In 35 Seconds

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 […]

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Whiting Writers’ Awards Announced

From THP: 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 […]

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