Wednesday, 17 April 2013

NEWS & NOTES: 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners announced + A new book recalls Bob Marley at his creative peak

LITERARY GOLD: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book, set in North Korea, is about a young man who rises to become a threat to the dictator Kim Jong-il, and then tries to get his wife and step children out of the country. Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall was awarded the History Pulitzer; Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King was awarded the General Nonfiction Prize; The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss won the Biography or Autobiography award, and the poetry winner was Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds. Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced took the Drama award while Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Voices won for Music. Established in 1917 and run by Columbia University, the Pulizer Prizes are annually awarded to U.S. citizens. Some 1,327 books were submitted by publishers this year. Winners are awarded a certificate and $10,000. They receive their prizes at a luncheon at Columbia University on May 30. 

MEMORY LANE: "For many years, people asked me what it was like being with the world's most famous reggae star, Bob Marley, and for over 30 years, I kept the answers to myself." So explains Mark Miller, who this month offers On the Road with Bob Marley, a 220-page trip down memory lane packed with photos and memorabilia. "After being pushed by my family, my close friends, and indeed many of you fans, [the book is] my personal recollection of three years on the road with Bob and the Wailers," says Miller. "It is the only book among hundreds that have been written about Bob, that actually takes the reader on an honest journey inside the camp, on the bus, and standing center stage on the musical merry-go-round.Enjoy a real view of Bob Marley & the Wailers through my eyes, my mind, and my heart." Purchase your copy HERE

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