- 'Tis the season for book awards. Fast on the heels of the National Book Award winners, the Canada Council of the Arts announced this year's Governor-General Literary Awards. The Fiction winner was A Perfect Night to Go to China by David Gilmour; the Nonfiction winner was The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant; Ann Compton won the Poetry Award for Processional; Children's Literature-Text went to Pamela Porter for The Crazy Man; the Children's Literature-Illustration Award was bestowed upon Rob Gonsalves for Imagine a Day (text by Sarah L. Thomson); and the award for Translation went to Fred A. Reed for Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition. Congratulations, eh?
- The Onion AV Club has an interview with Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, that has the distinction of being the first such interview I've seen that actually addresses the distinctive literary styles of Handler and Snicket in such questions as, "Your two adult novels have noticeably different narrative voices, and then Lemony Snicket has a third style. Was there a process to finding the voice for those books?" and "Has working on the Lemony Snicket books changed your manner of writing for adults?"
- As excitement builds over tomorrow's release of Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, I hope audiences won't overlook a small foreign film about a young English boy struggling against great adversity to win a tournament of wizards.
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