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February 2014
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Luhrmann Awarded 2014 Grawemeyer Religion Prize

When God Talks Back

T. M. Luhrmann has won the 2014 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her bold exploration of the American Evangelical experience, When God Talks Back. The prize comes with a $100,000 award and is given each year as part of joint effort by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

In Brief
The finalists for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize have been announced. Among the finalists were: Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital and Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief in the Current Interest category; Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs in the Fiction category; Ben Katchor's Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories in the Graphic Novel/Comics category; John Grisham's Sycamore Row in the Mystery/Thriller category; Matthew D. Lieberman's Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect, Virginia Morell's Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, and Annalee Newitz's Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction in the Science & Technology category. The winners will be named on April 11. Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light a Room and A Million Nightingales, will receive the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
The Chelsea based performance group New York Live Arts has announced this year's festival, "James Baldwin, This Time!" which will run at Live Arts in Manhattan April 23-27. The festival commemorates the 90th anniversary of Baldwin's birth and "will explore the author, playwright and social critic's writings on race, class and sexuality--as well as his stature as an America artist--through theater works, choreography, music and visual installations." Click here to read more.
Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth) is a finalist for the 2014 Medici Book Club Prize which "recognizes a distinguished work of fiction that has inspired thoughtful conversation and contributed to a deeper understanding of the human experience," and comes with a $5000 award. The winner will be announced at The Beverly Hills Literary Escape book festival which takes place October 17-19. Read more here.

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