Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature

On September 17, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Murakami Withdraws from the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

Haruki-MurakamiJapanese author Haruki Murakami has asked to withdraw his nomination as one of the four finalists for The New Academy Prize in Literature, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to The New Academy’s press release, Murakami is…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

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15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond

On August 14, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

15 of the Best Alien Books: Invasion Stories, Encounters, and Beyond.

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Are we alone? Human beings have been searching for this answer arguably from the very beginning of our species. When science fiction came into its own as a genre around the turn of the 20th century, books about aliens and space exploration became an immediate genre staple. With the dawn of the Space Age in the 1950s, the urgency of the question of whether we are the only ones inhabiting this vast space only increased. The more we learn about our universe, the less we seem to know.

Here are books that we at Book Riot consider the 15 best alien books.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

On July 2, 2018 I published the following post on Book Riot.

Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

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The Swedish Academy has announced it will not be awarding a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2018. Instead, an alternative Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded by a recently founded Swedish non-profit organization called The New Academy (Den nya akademien).

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

We Think These Are the Best Science Fiction Authors

On June 26, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

We Think These Are the Best Science Fiction Authors

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In this post, I name eight authors as the best science fiction authors for the past 150 years. Curious to see who they are, and if you agree with me?

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Anthony Bourdain and the Yangambi Research Library on the Congo River

Anthony Bourdain was one of the few people who touched me deeply without me ever having met him. That is why the news of his death from suicide on June 8 came as a blow that I am still grappling to understand. To commemorate a unique human being I wrote the following post on Book Riot, published on June 13, 2018.

Anthony Bourdain and the Yangambi Research Library on the Congo River.

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I have blogged about Anthony Bourdain here on The Boomerang as well.

The Yangambi Research Library.

The Literary Anthony Bourdain, Master Chef and Traveler.

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

 

 

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

On May 31, 2018 I published the following post on Book Riot.

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

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Tudor England. Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing historical time periods in European history. Books about Tudor England conjures images of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth as Gloriana, the Spanish Armada, and last, but absolutely not least, William Shakespeare.

But as always, there is so much more to any historical time period and to any society of the past than a few infamous personalities and events. So, too, with Tudor England.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Interview on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated

Curious to hear my voice? I am being interviewed on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated today about the scandal surrounding the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Swedish Academy. I had such a great time doing this interview. Yet another example of the awesomeness of Book Riot and the Book Riot community

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.