Books http://nwpr.org en Book News: Former Factory Worker Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-former-factory-worker-wins-100000-poetry-prize <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Afaa Michael Weaver's poetry collection <em>The Government of Nature</em> has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The prize, based at Claremont Graduate University, is awarded to a mid-career poet "to both honor the poet and provide the resources that allow artists to continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft." Chief Judge Chase Twichell said of Weaver, "His father was a sharecropper. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:02:31 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 42747 at http://nwpr.org Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-school-district-considers-ban-sherman-alexie-novel <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020314JR_Gagner_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.<p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:10:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 40921 at http://nwpr.org Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller http://nwpr.org/post/brainy-fat-and-full-ideas-night-film-good-natured-thriller Novels are low-tech objects. They can't be plugged in, they've got no buttons or knobs, and they don't make your eyes pop out of your head as you watch creatures or asteroids zigzag across a screen. Usually, novels have no visual aids at all. So if you want to know what Anna Karenina looks like, well, you just have to read the book.<p>But Marisha Pessl's <em>Night Film</em> is eager to bust out of that old-fashioned, "he had blue eyes and she fell to her death" kind of storytelling. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Meg Wolitzer 32984 at http://nwpr.org Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-fbi-suspected-william-t-vollmann-was-unabomber <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The FBI suspected William T. Vollmann of being first the Unabomber and then the anthrax mailer, the award-winning writer revealed in a grimly funny <em>Harper's </em><a href="http://harpers.org/archive/2013/09/life-as-a-terrorist/">article</a> [subscription required]. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:42:00 +0000 editor 32949 at http://nwpr.org Book News: FBI Suspected William T. Vollmann Was The Unabomber Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord http://nwpr.org/post/awaiting-apocalypse-quiet-town-concord No place seems safe these days from someone's terrifying, post-apocalyptic imaginings. Los Angeles is wrecked in the movie <em><em>Elysium, </em></em>the South is zombie-ridden in TV's <em><em>The Walking Dead, </em></em>and now— thanks to writer Ben Winters — even the quiet streets of Concord are at risk of annihilation.<p>But it's hard to imagine anywhere <em>less</em> apocalyptic than the Corner View Restaurant in Concord, N.H. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 32940 at http://nwpr.org Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet http://nwpr.org/post/wild-wild-web-policing-early-lawless-internet Today's Internet users have become accustomed to stories of hacking, identity theft and cyberattacks, but there was a time when the freedom and anonymity of the Web were new, and no one was sure what rules — if any — applied to its use. Many thought the Internet was beyond government regulation, its very chaos a source of creativity and strength.<p>Those early days are the focus of technology writer Nate Anderson's new book, <em>The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed</em>. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:56:00 +0000 editor 32838 at http://nwpr.org Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet 'Schindler' Author Returns With A Tale Of The Great War http://nwpr.org/post/schindler-author-returns-tale-great-war Is there more to say about World War I nurses and their patients after Hemingway's uber-classic <em>A Farewell to Arms</em>? The saga of ambulance driver Frederic Henry and his beautiful English nurse Catherine Barkley is generally thought to be an unrivaled fictional treatment of what was called, at the time, the Great War. Could a different novelist squeeze additional juice from this particular grape?<p>Thomas Keneally handily manages the feat with his new historical novel, <em>The Daughters of Mars</em>. He does so by focusing on the lives of women. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Jean Zimmerman 32978 at http://nwpr.org 'Schindler' Author Returns With A Tale Of The Great War App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film' http://nwpr.org/post/app-secret-sites-create-immersive-world-night-film <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxAqFvoTtEg</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:36:00 +0000 editor 32785 at http://nwpr.org App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film' 'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero http://nwpr.org/post/lawrence-arabia-archaeologist-war-hero One of the most intriguing figures of 20th-century warfare is T.E. Lawrence, the British army officer who immersed himself in the culture of the Arabian Peninsula's Bedouin tribes and played a key role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. He became a well-known and romanticized figure in post-war England, and was immortalized in the 1962 film <em>Lawrence of Arabia</em>.<p>Scott Anderson spent four years researching Lawrence and three other young men who were involved in the momentous events of the Middle East during and after the war. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:02:00 +0000 editor 32780 at http://nwpr.org 'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero Martinis And Manuscripts: Publishing In The Good Old Days http://nwpr.org/post/martinis-and-manuscripts-publishing-good-old-days <em>Elissa Schappell is the author of </em>Blueprints for Building Better Girls.<p>In the good old, bad old days of book publishing, screaming matches happened in public, not online; the boss' philandering was an open secret never leaked to the press, and authors actually had to turn in their manuscripts in order to get money out of their publisher.<p>Reading Boris Kachka's enormously entertaining "<em>Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux</em>" makes one yearn for that bygone era and its larger than life pl Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Elissa Schappell 32848 at http://nwpr.org Martinis And Manuscripts: Publishing In The Good Old Days