John Updike will deliver the 37th annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, May 22. In the lecture, entitled "The Clarity of Things," Updike will examine the connection between America's art and its ideas by posing the question, "What is American about American art?" Updike has published several books of art history and criticism including Just Looking: Essays on Art (1989) and Still Looking: Essays on American Art (2005). His new novel, The Widows of Eastwick, will be published this fall by Knopf. The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
Two Random House titles were voted winners of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle awards:
Random House finalists included:
Fiction: In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar — Nonfiction: Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA by
The Random House Publishing Group is launching a pilot project to sell individual chapters of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die online. This is believed to be the first time a major trade publisher has offered readers the opportunity to buy digitized sections of a book.
Made to Stick is a creative guide to communicating ideas effectively, and is an ideal candidate for this pilot program because each chapter offers valuable stand-alone lessons on the key principles that make messages "stick".
Its six chapters and Epilogue will are now available for $2.99 each at www.randomhouse.com/madetostick. The introduction and index will be available at no charge to those who buy at least one chapter.