Thursday, November 15, 2012

National Book Award Winners

The four winners of the National Book Award were announced last night at an extravagant ceremony in New York City.  The winners are:

National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book AwardsYoung People's Literature: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets 
Poetry: David FerryBewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Nonfiction: Katherine BooBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 
Fiction: Louise Erdrich, The Round House  

This year the National Book Foundation sought to draw more attention to its award and nominated some more well known authors than in previous years. Too see the nominees and winners, listen to interviews, and learn more about the award itself, visit the National Book Foundation Website.

Have you read any of the winning books or nominees?  I read the nonfiction winner over the summer, and I believe it was an excellent choice for a winning pick.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SciFri Book Club - Richard Feynman

In case you missed it, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman was the October book selection for NPR's Science Friday Book Club (not to mention it was the subject first ever book review posted on this site!)

You can listen to the discussion at the Science Friday Webpage.  The participants (led by Annette Heist) discuss Feynman's antics, his sexist attitude, and his brilliant mind among other things.  Lawrence Krauss, author of Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science, also chimed into the discussion, adding further insight into Richard Feynman's life and the "great man behind the curious character".

Have you read this book?  Maybe you had a different take on it and disagree with the participants in the discussion.  Feel free to write your own review of this book for the blog or comment below to share your thoughts.

Copies of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman at UW-Madison Libraries

Copies of Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science at UW-Madison Libraries