James McBride http://nwpr.org en Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand-New Sound http://nwpr.org/post/hear-here-four-audiobooks-brand-new-sound If your holiday shopping trip includes a stop at the bookstore, you might consider adding audiobooks to your gift list. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38925 at http://nwpr.org Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand-New Sound Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-amazon-launches-imprint-short-fiction <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amazon Publishing has launched a new imprint, StoryFront, that aims to publish "high-quality short fiction across genres." Amazon has already been experimenting with short fiction through Kindle Singles and <em>Day One, </em>a weekly literary magazine that launched in October. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:43:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 38282 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction National Book Awards Go To McBride, Packer, Szybist, Kadohata http://nwpr.org/post/national-book-awards-go-mcbride-packer-szybist-kadohata James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday for <em>The Good Lord Bird</em>, about a young slave in the 1850s who meets and travels with abolitionist John Brown.<p>The annual awards, presented by the National Book Foundation, honor American authors for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/16/235507175/the-shortlist-see-the-finalists-for-the-2013-national-book-awards">works</a> published over the past year in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature.<p>The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for <em>The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America</em Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:06:00 +0000 editor 37676 at http://nwpr.org National Book Awards Go To McBride, Packer, Szybist, Kadohata Book News: James McBride, Surprise National Book Award Winner http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-james-mcbride-surprise-national-book-award-winner <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction for <em>The Good Lord Bird,</em><em> </em>narrated by a disguised child follower of John Brown, who made the famous doomed raid on Harper's Ferry. McBride said Wednesday night that he wouldn't have minded losing to the other finalists but then added, bouncing on his soles, "It sure is nice to get it." McBride was considered something of an underdog, contending against such literary giants as Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 37677 at http://nwpr.org Book News: James McBride, Surprise National Book Award Winner 'Good Lord Bird,' 'The Unwinding' Win National Book Awards http://nwpr.org/post/good-lord-bird-unwinding-win-national-book-awards <em>(This post was updated at 10:30 a.m.)</em><p>James McBride won the prestigious National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday for his novel <em>The Good Lord Bird</em> about a young slave who joins the abolitionist John Brown in his anti-slavery mission. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 editor 37629 at http://nwpr.org 'Good Lord Bird,' 'The Unwinding' Win National Book Awards A Little Onion Reveals Layers Of History In 'Good Lord Bird' http://nwpr.org/post/little-onion-reveals-layers-history-good-lord-bird "I was born a colored man and don't you forget it," announces Henry Shackleford in the opening pages of musician and author James McBride's novel, <em>The Good Lord Bird</em>. A manuscript, supposedly discovered after a church fire cleanup, offers the first person account of Henry, a young slave living in the Kansas Territories in 1857, as he becomes involved – reluctantly – with the anti-slavery forces led by John Brown.<p>Brown, who was considered a hero to some and a terrorist to others, led the ill-fated 1859 Harper Ferry raid that kick-started the Civil War. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 editor 33218 at http://nwpr.org A Little Onion Reveals Layers Of History In 'Good Lord Bird' Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83 http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-john-hollander-master-poetic-forms-dies-83 <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The poet John Hollander died on Saturday from pulmonary congestion, his daughter told <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/books/john-hollander-poet-known-for-his-range-dies-at-83.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em></a>. He was 83. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:12:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 32763 at http://nwpr.org 'Good Lord Bird' Gives Abolitionist Heroes Novel Treatment http://nwpr.org/post/good-lord-bird-gives-abolitionist-heroes-novel-treatment Before abolitionist and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/10/22/141564113/the-harpers-ferry-rising-that-hastened-civil-war">Harpers Ferry raider</a> John Brown became a hymn, he was a flesh and blood human being: Bible-thumping, rifle-toting, heroic and maybe more than a little unhinged.<p>A portrait of Brown and Frederick Douglass is at the heart of James McBride's <em>The Good Lord Bird,</em> a new novel with an unlikely narrator: a 12-year-old Kansas Territory slave named Henry Shackleford. Brown liberates Henry after a confrontation with Henry's master. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32846 at http://nwpr.org 'Good Lord Bird' Gives Abolitionist Heroes Novel Treatment Book News: Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Recovering From Stroke http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-crime-writer-elmore-leonard-recovering-stroke <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The crime author Elmore Leonard had a stroke last week and is recovering in the hospital, Gregg Sutter, his researcher, <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130805/ENT06/308050096#ixzz2b9TY6dDH">told <em>The Detroit News</em> </a> on Monday. Sutter added that the hugely prolific author of <em>Out of Sight</em> is in the middle of writing his 46<sup>th</sup> novel. Leonard is 87. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:19:00 +0000 editor 32095 at http://nwpr.org Sneak Preview: 5 Books To Look Forward To This Summer http://nwpr.org/post/sneak-preview-5-books-look-forward-summer My summer reading preferences are so particular they have, at times, stopped me from reading at all. I need a romance for a train trip — for obvious reasons. When it's hot, I prefer something with no climate congruence at all; I've never enjoyed <em>Anna Karenina</em> so much as I did on the beach (that romance is a train exception — er ... for obvious reasons). When I'm on a plane trip, I like a passel of good young-adult novels, filled with cliffhangers, reversals and quick emotion. It's a mood makeover in flight. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:54:00 +0000 Barrie Hardymon 29086 at http://nwpr.org Sneak Preview: 5 Books To Look Forward To This Summer