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Joseph O'Neill Receives 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award

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Joseph O'Neill's novel Netherland, published by Pantheon, has been selected as the winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

“The thing that struck me so deeply about Netherland,” writes PEN/Faulkner Judge, Randall Kenan, “is how much it is about the new and continuing immigrant story, about New Americans and the making of new American traditions, which has always been New York's function in the world. O'Neill has created a powerfully entertaining novel, but also a new emblem for our time.”

The PEN/Faulkner Award, which comes with a prize of $15,000, will be given to Mr. O'Neill at a ceremony on May 9. Click here for a link to the press release.

Random House, Inc. Welcomes Melville House Publishing

Melville House Publishing is an independent publishing house located in Brooklyn, NY, featuring fiction, current events, philosophy, nonfiction, and poetry. Melville House Publishing will now be distributed by Random House, Inc.

Some of their titles include: EEEEE EEE EEEE by Tao Lin, Hocus Potus by Malcolm Macpherson, and A Modest Proposal by Régis Debray.

For a full listing of titles and subject areas, visit the Melville House website. The Melville House blog, MobyLives, is a great resource for news and commentary about books and writers.

In Brief

President Obama's initiative to become a community organizer was inspired by Saul Alinsky's flamboyant career as an all-purpose activist who not only organized the working-class in one of Chicago's most blighted neighborhoods, but later mapped out strategies for the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. Saul Alinsky would have celebrated his 100th birthday ten days after President Obama's inauguration. Click here for an interview on NPR with Alinsky biographer Sanford Horwitt about his book Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy.
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