Gaiman's Graveyard collects the Carnegie: British author Neil Gaiman, best known for his science-fiction and fantasy novels and short stories for adults and young readers, has just been awarded the 2010 Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book. The Carnegie is the most prestigious literary prize for Children's books in the United Kingdom. With this win, Gaiman becomes the first author to win both a Newbery Medal and a Carnegie Medal for the same book. He was awarded the Newbery in 2009. Gaiman was particularly thrilled to win this prize noting:
"...[The Carnegie] was the first literary prize I was ever aware of as a kid. When I was seven I got the Narnia books for my birthday. I had read a couple before, but I got the box set, and I got to The Last Battle and it said winner of the Carnegie medal. I thought wow," said Gaiman. "It was a couple of years later that I bought A Wrinkle in Time and became aware of the Newbery. They are the first literary awards of any kind I was ever aware of and I've got both of them - it's amazing. When I won the Hugo my 14-year-old self exulted, but if you can make yourself aged seven happy, you're really doing well – it's like writing a letter to yourself aged seven."
Seasonal picks from this summer's hot authors: A trio of this summer's hottest authors (Justin Cronin, Lisa Scottoline, and Paula Froelich) offer up some "book slump"-busting choices for the Today show. Cronin, author of The Passage--a summer 2010 blockbuster read and our Best Books of the Month spotlight pick--offered a few surprising picks which included Larry McMurtry's beloved novel Lonesome Dove (which celebrates its 25th anniversary) and Alan Furst's latest WWII espionage thriller, Spies of the Balkans.
New Reviews for Hepburn (Kate) bio and Bret Easton Ellis novel: Janet Maslin reviews Imperial Bedrooms, the new novel from Bret Easton Ellis, and finds curious and not altogether praiseworthy parallels to Ellis' 1980s bestseller Less Than Zero. She seems to admire Chip Kidd's striking jacket designs for both booksd. For another review, check out Donna Tartt's exclusive guest review. She calls it the "most Chandleresque of Bret's books."
Speaking of Chandlers, Hollywood biographer Charlotte Chandler spent decades interviewing and earning the trust of the notoriously private Katharine Hepburn for I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography, a revealing, and according to customer reviews, controversial accounts of the the legendary star of the silver screen. According to Kevin Thomas, whose review of the book appears in today's LA Times, Chandler is a master of the art of the extended interview:
Typically, Chandler gets her interviewees to provide her with more substance than they gave to their own memoirs, and she also gathers insights into Hepburn from Cukor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cary Grant, James Stewart, Christopher Reeve, Laurence Olivier and Ginger Rogers, among others.
Moving and shaking: Prolific Brit journalist and longtime India sojourner, William Dalrymple discusses his new book Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India on NPR's Morning Edition. His fascinating remarks on the country's diverse spiritual cultures and practitioners elevate the book on our Movers and Shakers list.