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And the nominees are:  This morning the 2011 Oscar award nominees were announced, and the two most nominated movies are remarkable films based on remarkable books--The King's Speech with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Lead Actor, and True Grit with ten nominations, also including Best Picture and Best Lead Actor.

Prize-winning poetry: Nobel laureate Derek Wolcott's collection, White Egrets, was awarded the TS Eliot prize for the best new collection of poems published in the UK or Ireland.  One committee member described White Egrets as "...the yardstick by which all the others were to be measured."

The game of life:  Author and video game designer Jane McGonigal spoke with The Daily Beast's Josh Dzieza about the valuable skills that result from playing video games--such as optimism in the face of adversity--and her book that explains it all, Reality is Broken.

Moving & Shaking:  The Walk by bestselling author Richard Paul Evans is available in paperback for the first time today, and thanks to his many fans it's landed on the top of our Movers and Shakers list this morning.

--Seira

 

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