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The shortlist for the 2013 James Tait Black Prizes, the UK's oldest literary prize, has been announced. Given annually to one work of fiction and one biography the list includes: Harvest by Jim Crace, Benediction by Kent Haruf, and All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld for fiction; Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang and Penelope Fitzgerald: A life by Hermione Lee for biography. Each category winner will receive a £10,000 prize
Evie Wyld's All the Birds, Singing and Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North have both been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most important literary prize. The winner will be announced on June 26th and will receive a $60,000 (AUD) prize.
American Teacher (Welcome Books) by Katrina Fried has recently been awarded both the IPPY Gold Medal for Peacemaker Book of the Year and a Silver Medal in Social Change from the Nautilus Book Awards. Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards has also named American Teacher as a finalist in the Education category. Winners will be announced on June 27th at the ALA Conference in Las Vegas.

Author Katrina Fried recently gave a speech to the Teacher's College at Emporia State University about the importance of exceptional teachers and the "12 Rules for Being a Classroom Hero." Watch her talk here.

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