Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Mar 21, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Recorded 22 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny


After Gem begins with a terribly tragic story of her beloved Dalek doll, the babblers launch into a discussion on books that elicit strong emotions from its readers.  Find out which books still emotionally affect Renee since she was 6 till this very day (which I understand is not a very long time at all), and Gem’s as well (it goes without saying that Donny doesn’t cry from reading).  Besides sadness, the babblers also talked a little about books that elicit anger, horror.  Finally, Renee closes with a heart-warming story of a long-lost textbook.

Show Length: 65:10 mins

Books mentioned in show:


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Man Booker International Prize 2009 list of contenders announced

Mar 21, 2009 by

While we’re on a roll here with literary prize nominee announcements, we might as well carry it on!

This is not the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the coveted annual giveaway from Man Group plc.  The International Prize, in contrast, is given once bi-yearly, and,

highlights one writer’s continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.

The contenders are:

  • Peter Carey (Australia)
  • Evan S. Connell (USA)
  • Mahasweta Devi (India)
  • E.L. Doctorow (USA)
  • James Kelman (UK)
  • Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
  • Arnošt Lustig (Czechoslovakia)
  • Alice Munro (Canada)
  • V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad/India)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (USA)
  • Antonio Tabucchi (Italy)
  • Ngugi Wa Thiong’O (Kenya)
  • Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia)
  • Ludmila Ulitskaya (Russia)

Fantastic spread of authors from around the world, I must say.

Check out the announcement in the Man Booker Prize site here.

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Over 50? Writing speculative fiction? Here’s $750!

Mar 21, 2009 by

The Speculative Fiction Foundation is offering the SLF Older Writers Grant, which, as it says in the website:

The SLF Older Writers Grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. We are currently offering one $750 grant annually, to be used as the writer determines will best assist his or her work.

(Thanks Boingboing!)

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Orange Prize For Fiction 2009 Longlist released

Mar 21, 2009 by

The Hugos were not the only Awards citing excellence in Fiction.  The Orange Prize for Fiction also recently released their longlist, and they are:

  • Debra Adelaide The Household Guide to Dying
  • Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress
  • Lissa Evans Their Finest Hour and a Half
  • Bernardine Evaristo Blonde Roots
  • Ellen Feldman Scottsboro
  • Laura Fish Strange Music
  • V.V. Ganeshananthan Love Marriage
  • Allegra Goodman Intuition
  • Samantha Harvey The Wilderness
  • Samantha Hunt The Invention of Everything Else
  • Michelle de Kretser The Lost Dog
  • Deirdre Madden Molly Fox’s Birthday
  • Toni Morrison A Mercy
  • Gina Ochsner The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight
  • Marilynne Robinson Home
  • Preeta Samarasan Evening is the Whole Day
  • Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows
  • Curtis Sittenfeld American Wife
  • Miriam Toews The Flying Troutmans
  • Ann Weisgarber The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
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Hugo Nominations 2009

Mar 21, 2009 by

The Hugo Nominations are now out!  Here’s are the nominees for Best Novel:

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK) – you can also download this book for free here (it’s made available for free by Doctorow himself; all his books are freely available for download)
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)
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