This was the “huge awards announced” publishing week, and thanks to mkcbunny for being the very first to tell me that Cormac McCar.. I mean Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Congratulations to Ms. Lessing, who is now 10 million Swedish crowns richer. That’s a whole lot of meatballs and cheap-but-functional furniture!! (yay Swedish stereotypes! Don’t hit me with your salted fish!) And due to the wonders of the Internet and aggressive journalism we can see her extremely awesome reaction upon first being told the news (thanks to GalleyCat for the heads up)!!
Meanwhile, Al Gore, author of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and THE ASSAULT ON REASON (I think he might have been a politician or something too) won the Nobel Peace Prize. We don’t, sadly, have video of him saying “Oh Christ” when he heard the news, but even still I don’t think he’d be able to top Ms. Lessing for sheer hilarious deadpannery.
In other awards news, the National Book Award shortlist was announced. Congratulations to all the shortlistees!
In agent advice news, Janet Reid at FinePrint would like you to name your files something, you know, LOGICAL when you electronically submit them. And Kim Lionetti at BookEnds wants you to watch Friday Night Lights (and join the lively TV discussion in the comments section!).
The Washington Post has started a new book blog called Short Stack, which is poised to throw down with New York Times book blog Paper Cuts. They haven’t actually gotten in a fight yet, but let’s face it folks, this situation is as incendiary as two librarians quietly arguing over Dewey or LOC book classification. Stay tuned. It could get ugly.
And finally, Stephen Colbert has drafted a letter to Oprah congratulating her on being selected to promote his new book I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!) on her bookclub. You can sign the petition to support Colbert’s unilateral bid to be on Oprah here.
Have a great weekend!