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April 2012
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Presidential Medals of Freedom

Toni Morrison

Last week the White House announced that Toni Morrison (author of Beloved and the recently published, Home) and Shimon Peres (Israeli president and author of the biography, Ben-Gurion) will be two of the thirteen people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Presented to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," this is the nation's highest civilian honor. Presentations will be made to this year's recipients at the White House later this spring.

Clarence Darrow Awarded LA Times Book Prize

Clarence Darrow

John A. Farrell's Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. Prizes were announced last Friday, April 20th at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, Farrell's book is the definitive biography of America's legendary defense attorney and progressive hero.

Swamplandia! Named Pulitzer Finalist


Karen Russell was named as one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In a surprising, but not unprecedented turn of events, the panel decided not to award the Pulitzer to any of this year's finalists. Russell's Swamplandia!, a lush and bravely imagined debut that follows thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree and Swamplandia!, her family's island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades, has been previously long-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction.

In Brief
Robert Reich's newest work, an enhanced eBook original, Beyond Outrage, is now available for download (please note: eBooks cannot be downloaded as examination copies at this time). Reich's three-part extended interview on The Daily Show can be seen here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.
On April 27th Tanya Luhrmann will take part in a LIVE chat on where her When God Talks Back is the featured book of the month. Patheos also features a series of posts by Lurhmann and a lecture, Learning to Know God, she gave at the Society of Vineyard Scholars.
Long-time investigative journalist and 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace has died at age 93. In addition to his peerless work in television, Mr. Wallace was also an author: he recently co-authored a book of advice for the next generation of journalists, Heat and Light, as well as contributed a foreword to a book on how loved ones can cope with depression fallout, How You Can Survive When They're Depressed.

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