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February 2012
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2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalists Announced

Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic and Steven Millhauser's We Others have both been selected as finalists for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The winner, selected from five finalists, will receive a $15,000 award and will be announced on March 26th. Click here for a list of our previous winners.

2011 National Humanities Medals Announced

Development as Freedom

President Barack Obama has announced the winners of the 2011 National Humanities Medals and among the recipients are Andrew Delbanco, a humanities professor at Columbia University and the author of Melville: His World and Work, Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Dictionary of Global Culture, and Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate in economics and the author of Development as Freedom.

According to a press release issued by The National Endowment for the Humanities the medals are given in recognition of "individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."

Slavery by Another Name PBS Documentary

Sense of an Ending

Douglas Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name has been made into a new PBS documentary that will broadcast on February 13th at 9:00 p.m.(ET). Please click here for a look at the trailer and tune in on Monday to see Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize–winning work come to life.

Bettany Hughes Receives the Norton Medlicott Award

Sense of an Ending

Bettany Hughes, author of The Hemlock Cup, has been awarded the Norton Medlicott Award, given by the Historical Association "to those who have shown dedication and commitment to history through publication, passion, production and education." Bettany Hughes will be presented with the award at a ceremony on July 3, 2012 at Senate House, London, where she will also give the keynote talk.

NBCC Finalists Announced

The Stranger's Child

Seven Random House authors have been announced as 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists: Teju Cole's Open City and Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child in the fiction category; Amanda Foreman's A World on Fire, James Gleick's The Information, and Maya Jasanoff's Liberty's Exiles in the nonfiction category; Paul Hendrickson's Hemingway's Boat in the biography category; Jonathan Lethem's The Ecstasy of Influence in the criticism category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on March 10th, 2012. Click here for a full list of NBCC finalists go to.

In Brief
Dmitri Nabokov, the son of Vladimir Nabokov, who translated many of the legendary writer's works into English and edited his father's posthumous novel The Original of Laura died last week at the age of 77 in Vevey, Switzerland. A New York Times obituary detailing some of his life's achievement's and his careful guardianship of his father's legacy and unpublished works can be read here.
As the race for the Republican presidential nomination continues to heat up, politicians of every stripe are citing our authors in an attempt to further their causes. Newt Gingrich has repeatedly likened President Barack Obama's policies to the principles put forth by pre-war union and community organizer Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals. And Robert Kagan's The World America Made is now being highlighted by Barack Obama as an example of America's continued prominence and influence on the world stage.
Check out the book trailer for Ben Marcus's exciting new novel The Flame Alphabet and this brief New York Magazine write-up on the author and his new book.

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