“Which is why I love bakeries. Peace descends the second I enter, the second I smell the intoxicating aroma of fresh bread, see apricot cookies with scalloped edges, chocolate dreams, cinnamon and raisin concoctions, flights of a baker’s imagination, and I know I am the luckiest person in the world. At that moment, in spite of statistical proof that this is not possible, I have it all. And not only that, I can have more. (Delia Ephron, The New York Times)”—
The finalists for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor include Shalom Auslander for his darkly funny novel “Hope, A Tragedy.” But all is not grim: The other finalists are Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel for “Lunatics,” a madcap story of soccer dads, and Dan Zevin for his comic memoir of fatherhood, “Dan Gets a Minivan.”
Ahmed Rashid on why a comprehensive security strategy bringing together military, economic and political initiatives could could put Pakistani democracy on the rails for the first time: http://goo.gl/5IvnT (via Financial Times)
Catch Jen Lancaster as she visits bookstores around the country to chat about her latest - The Tao of Martha. Jen will on the road through 6/21, making stops in Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Chicago and Milwaukee - wow. For more details, the full tour schedule is available on her website, http://www.jennsylvania.com/.
Penguin is a (super!) proud sponsor of World Book Night and the event kicks off its second year the evening of April 22nd. PSB is excited that two of our authors have titles in the mix - David Benioff and John Green! Volunteers around the world will be giving away copies of City of Thieves and Looking for Alaska. Kick off events are being held across the country (full schedule here). Get reading, world!
"Super Bowl Monday: The Myth of Lost Productivity": This weekend br[ought] the Super Bowl, that annual festival of traditions including overpriced commercials, seven-layer dip and a curious one for we business writers: statistics on how much productivity is "lost" due to the game.
The Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens get their name from the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, making them the most literary NFL team. They can thank the people of Baltimore, who chose the name during a poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun.
The radio show “Studio 360” wonders what it might be like if every team were equally inspired by an author. Forget the animal predators and valiant warriors that currently serve as mascots, and instead change every NFL team to something you might find in a library.
“I’m thankful for the heroines.”—Sabrina Rojas Weiss, Senior Editor of VH1 Celebrity, on her Thanksgiving gratefulness for strong heroines in PSB’s Ally Condie’sMatched trilogy and Gennifer Albin’s Crewel series).