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Archive for April, 2012

We’ve been nominated!

The Bookworm is up for top honors in a few categories for The Beijinger Bar & Club Awards – including Best Cafe, Best Networking and, of course, Best Quiz. You can vote for us here and Voting is open until May 9th.

A Yi, Mo Yan and more in Granta

In celebration of China Week, (China is the market focus at the London Book Fair this week), Granta is publishing a short stories, excerpts and podcasts from Chinese writers, including BLF 2011 author A Yi‘s Petty Thief (trans. Alice Xin Liu) about a thief with a secret power and a poem from Wang Yin, Flying towards a Country of Rain (trans. Andrea Lingenfelter)

For full China coverage, visit Granta’s website.

Orange Prize shortlist announced

The Orange Prize shortlist was announced today. This is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. The finalists are:

Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues
Anne Enright The Forgotten
Georgina Harding Painter of Silence
Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles
Cynthia Ozick Foreign Bodies
Ann Patchett State of Wonder

The winner will be announced on May 30th in London.

Paul French’s Midnight in Peking coming to TV

Paul French‘s brilliant Midnight in Peking will be adapted to the small screen. Midnight in Peking follows the murder and investigation of British-citizen Pamela Werner in 1037 in Beijing.

Kudos Television of London will be developing the book for television. Let the casting speculation begin!

Mara Hvistendahl 2012 Pulitzer Finalist

BLF 2012 author Mara Hvistendahl was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction for her book Unnatural Selection. Listen to the podcast of Hvistendahl’s BLF 2012 talk at BLF 2012 here.

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction was “awarded to “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company), a provocative book arguing that an obscure work of philosophy, discovered nearly 600 years ago, changed the course of history by anticipating the science and sensibilities of today.”

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