The finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award have been announced.
- Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (The Millions Interview, National Book Award winner)
- Steve Coll, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (excerpt)
- Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story (excerpt)
- David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (excerpt)
- Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Staff Pick, excerpt [pdf])
via The Millions : 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced.
The world’s first open contest to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualizations, infographics and information art.
And here are the winners for 2012:
Gold: CNN Home & Away, Stamen
Silver: Government Spending, Guardian data and graphics teams
Bronze: Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün
Gold: Notabilia, Moritz Stefaner, Dario Taraborelli, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
Silver: The American Energy Spectrum, Hyperakt, Deroy Peraza, Eric Fensterhei
Bronze: Evolution of Web, Hyperakt, Deroy Peraza, Eric Fensterhei
Gold: Information graphics in context, Peter Ørntoft
Silver: Look at the sky, Carla Fernandez / Arce
Bronze: Lunar calendar, Dimitre Lima
Gold: Cover mania, Michele Mauri
Silver: Envisioning emerging technology for 2012 and Beyond, Michell Zappa
Bronze: Paulo Estriga CV, Paulo Estriga
Gold: Afghanistan – What is the true cost of war?, Peter Jeffs, Tom Stevenson
Silver: Stuxnet: Anatomy of a virus, Patrick Clair, Scott Mitchell
Bronze: Economist – The Seventh Billion, Economist.com team
Tool or Website
Gold: The Antimap, Trent Brooks
Silver: FF Chartwell, Travis Kochel and FontFont
Bronze: Gephi, Mathieu Bastian, Sébastien Heymann, Mathieu Jacomy
Best Individual Contribution:
Timeline of the Universe, Omid Kashan
The Interactive UK Energy Consumption Guide, Epiphany Search (Gaz Battersby and Bryan James)
Judges’ note: Regrettably the entries did not meet the necessary standards.
Metallica on Stage, Deniz Cem Önduygu, Amaç Herdağdelen, Eser Aygün
Challenge Winner, infodesign
The Top Most Profitable Movies of 2001 Across 22 Story Types, Cristina Vanko
Challenge Winner, interactive
Budgets Big and Small, Daniel Leventhal
Ultimate Award – Most Beautiful
CNN Home & Away, Stamen
Information is Beautiful Awards Winners! – Information Is Beautiful Awards.
“Open City” by Teju Cole has won the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction.
“Written in a deceptively quiet voice, Teju Cole’s remarkable and penetrating debut novel achieves what Kafka said art should; it chops the frozen sea within us,” said novelist and PEN award judge Andre Dubus III, quoted in a press release.
The award finalists are Amy Waldman for “The Submission” and Stephanie Powell Watts for “We Are Taking Only What We Need” (BkMk Press). BkMk Press is based in Kansas City at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Two writers will receive honorable mention: Marjorie Hudson for “Accidental Birds of the Carolinas” and Chad Harbach for “The Art of Fielding.”
via ‘Open City’ wins PEN/Hemingway.
2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced:
- Teju Cole, Open City (our review, excerpt)
- Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Write The Marriage Plot, our review, excerpt [pdf])
- Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child (our review, The Millions Interview: Alan Hollinghurst Answers his Critics, excerpt)
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (excerpt)
- Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (our review, excerpt)
- Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (excerpt)
- James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Ben Marcus on The Information, excerpt)
- Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 (excerpt)
- Maya Jasanoff, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War (excerpt)
- John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead (Staff Pick, excerpt [pdf])
2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced (via The Millions)
The 2012 shortlist for the International Arabic Fiction Prize has been released… which is worth $50,000 and an English translation and publication to the winning author.
The nominated books are:
The Unemployed by Nasser Iraq
Toy of Fire by Bashir Mufti
The Vagrant by Jabbour Douaihy
The Druze of Belgrade by Rabee Jaber
The Women of al-Basatin by Habib Selmi
Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge by Ezzedine Choukri Fishere
Shortlist for Arabic fiction prize released – The National.