Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Award Winner!

Sherman Alexie has won the PEN/Faulkner Award! Alexie's 2009 novel, War Dances, came out on top of a list of finalists that included literary greats Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore, along with Coleson Whitehead and Lorraine N. Lopez.

Sherman Alexie has previously won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, awarded in 2007 for "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," as well as the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his contribution to Native American writing. Alexie's writing, which includes four novels, three short story collections, and poetry, focuses on Native American characters and issues, though he is well known for making these topics widely accessible and relatable.

PEN/Faulkner judge Al Young commented on choosing "War Dances":

""War Dances" taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don't live now--this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book."

Available at bookstores everywhere.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New In Fiction

A great early review for the playfully titled Orion You Came and Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan

"[A] sublime and cryptic debut in the vein of Sam Lipsyte's The Subject Steve . . . At its heart, the novel is an impressionistic tale propelled by Henehan's gorgeously arch prose and a constant stream of droll humor. The ephemeral plotting will either be frustrating or fabulous, depending on the reader, but there's no doubt that Henehan is a talent." --Publishers Weekly

The book is published by Milkweed Editions and is due to hit stores May.

Monday, March 1, 2010

What Is Happiness by Deepak Chopra....NYC January 2010

Deepak Chopra on Happiness.

Catch Deepak in Montreal!
Happening Now: An Evening with Deepak Chopra in Montreal.
Dr. Deepak Chopra will be speaking at le Theatre Maisonneuve at La Place des arts, on March 30th, 2010, 7:30pm. Tickets available through the box office at (514) 842-2112 or 1 (866) 842-2112, or online at laplacedesarts.com

Deepak's latest book The Fifth Agreement (Amber-Allen Publishing) is in stores now!