Thursday, 28 February 2013

CULTURE BEAT: Set Up Shop lands at # 1 + National Book Award winners announced

LITERARY SMASH HITS: The winners of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced in the US on Thursday evening. Debut novelist Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk beat out NW by Zadie Smith for the fiction award. Leanne Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the autobiography award, Marina Waner’s Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights received the criticism prize, while D. A. Powell’s Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys was cited for poetry. Also, Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, the fourth volume in the series, won in the biography category while Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity beat out favourite Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo for the nonfiction prize. 

REGGAE GOLD: Set Up Shop Vol. 1, the 14-track compilation from Ghetto Youths International, debuted at #1 on iTunes reggae album chart in the United States and Japan and landed at #2 in the United Kingdom this past Tuesday. “Ghetto Youths International’s aim is to introduce new and exciting talent to the market,” explains executive producer Damian Marley. “The response from the market is encouraging and tells us that the market is still loving reggae music.”

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