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2009 Guggenheim Fellowships Announced:   Of the 180 new Guggenheim fellowship awards for researchers and artists, a big chunk went to authors. The winner's circle includes "nine poets, 11 fiction writers, two biographers and a dozen nonfiction authors" according to Publishers Weekly.  I was pleased to see the über-talented poet Terrance Hayes and novelist Stacey D'Erasmo among the honorees. Check out the complete list.  [PW]

Supernaturally Charmed Jim Butcher: Journalist Lizzie Stark blogs about the prolific and charmed author Jim Butcher (who seems to have nine lives) and his new book Turn Coat, the eleventh story in the bestselling supernatural detective series The Dresden Files.  Stark describes Harry Dresden as "the underworld’s Philip Marlowe, although he totes a blasting rod and other magical gear in addition to the typical .44."  The book has already shot up to #18 in the Top-100.  [The Daily Beast]

Surely Harry Potter's Top 10: Grimoires:  Looking for the best of the best in arts of the occult?  British scholar and author Owen Davies put together his annotated list of the top 10 grimoires, or magic books.  Davies, a social historian and renowned expert on this unique genre has just written a much-needed comprehensive and up-to-date history on the subject, Grimoires: A History of Magic Books. Already available in the UK, the book releases stateside on May 15.  [The Guardian]


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