The first of many?: China Mieville's genre-confounding The City and the City, already nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Arthur C. Clarke, and one of our top 10 books of 2009, wins the British Science Fiction Association award for best novel.
Reduction in force?: Reading Is Fundamental, the legendary books-to-kids program, is threatened by a proposal from the Obama Department of Education that would shift federal funding to the states.
"They would have printed the phone book": The WSJ profiles Yann Martel, about to release Beatrice and Virgil, his first book in eight years (you may remember the last one, Life of Pi). Having read it, I can report that it's a one-of-a-kind self-reflexive tale involving animals that carries much of the same provocatively naive tone as Pi. I liked a lot of it, but it's a twistier tale, on an even tricker topic, than the first, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see that our early Vine reviews are really positive.
Worms, mud, and plastic bags: USA Today rounds up new books to nurture the love of nature in kids.
Moving and shaking: Books on the lives (and the religion) of the founders all over Movers & Shakers today? Yup, Glenn Beck. The top 16 entries in M&S right now are all traceable to Beck's show last night on the faith of the founders.