Jhumpa Lahiri http://nwpr.org en Book News: Year's Oddest Title? 'Pie-ography,' 'Working Class Cats' In Running http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-years-oddest-title-pie-ography-working-class-cats-running <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The shortlist for the Diagram Prize for the year's oddest book title is out and includes <em>Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography </em>by Jo Packham, <em>Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City</em> by Chris Balsinger and Erin Canning, <em>Are Trout South African?</em> by Duncan Brown, and <em>The Origin of Feces </em>by David Walter-Toews. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 41797 at http://nwpr.org 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 Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars http://nwpr.org/post/out-lahiris-muddy-lowland-ambitious-story-soars Geography is destiny in Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel, <em>The Lowland</em>. Her title refers to a marshy stretch of land between two ponds in a Calcutta neighborhood where two very close brothers grow up. In monsoon season, the marsh floods and the ponds combine; in summer, the floodwater evaporates. You don't need your decoder ring to figure out that the two ponds symbolize the two brothers — at times separate; at other times inseparable. But there's still more meaning lurking in this rich landscape. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 35353 at http://nwpr.org Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice http://nwpr.org/post/controlled-clinical-prose-lahiri-explores-love-and-sacrifice Jhumpa Lahiri's new book has been nominated for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. It's an ambitious undertaking, spanning decades and continents as the author tells the story of three generations of a family in Calcutta and Rhode Island.<p>The story opens with brothers Udayan and Subhash sneaking into an exclusive golf club near their home in Calcutta. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:38:00 +0000 Ellah Allfrey 34673 at http://nwpr.org With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' http://nwpr.org/post/political-violence-uneasy-silence-echo-lahiris-lowland Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/books/review/jhumpa-lahiri-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">told</a> <em>The New York Times</em>. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."<p>Nevertheless, among readers, Lahiri is best-known for her novels and short stories about the immigrant experience. She was born in England and raised in America by parents who emigrated from India. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 34559 at http://nwpr.org Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland' Book News: Richard Dawkins Under Fire For Child Abuse Remarks http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-richard-dawkins-under-fire-child-abuse-remarks <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>In a controversial interview about his upcoming memoir, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins called for stronger distinctions to be made between what he called "mild paedophilia" and violent crimes. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 34079 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Richard Dawkins Under Fire For Child Abuse Remarks Book News: Why Batwoman Can't Get Married http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-why-batwoman-cant-get-married <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Last week, <em>Batwoman</em> writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/06/219572874/book-news-sushmita-banerjee-indian-author-who-fled-taliban-shot-dead">resigned</a>, saying DC Comics forced them to cancel a gay marriage plot in which Batwoman married her girlfriend. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:18:00 +0000 editor 33855 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Why Batwoman Can't Get Married