2011 Tournament of Books with Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Sqaud beating out the other finalist, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Egan's Goon Squad has made big headlines recently. I first heard about the book on the Book Lady's Blog. Then Egan was in the running for the National Book Critics Circle Award, in which she also beat Franzen's Freedom to win. The LA Times came under fire when their article about the NBCC award featured a photo not of winner Egan, but of loser Franzen. Their staff explained the decision and later replaced the photo of Franzen with one of Egan and her book cover. Egan was granted a write-up in the LA Times' Jacket Copy this week after her ToB win.
This was all particularly big news after all the press about Franzen that has popped up in the past year or two: Newsweek called him an "insufferably self-important writer," Oprah feuded with him (although they later made up), and Jodi Piccoult got into a media war with him.
|Liam Hemsworth (Gale) with Miley|
This weekend, I will be finishing several review copies of books I've received in the past few weeks. I am loving Nancy Woodruff's novel My Wife's Affair, which was released in trade paperback last week. I also have the southern novel Catfish Alley by Lynne Bryant to read over the weekend. I am still enjoying Irish writer Roisin Meaney's Semi-Sweet via NetGally (ebook) and listening to The Help on audio from Audible.com. Happy reading!