Lambs or Wolves?/Another Writing Trend?/Blog Writer Up for Award/Mary Lee Settle Dead

March 27, 2006

Lambs or Wolves?
That single question has thousands of Chinese readers, including its intellectuals and industrial moguls, wondering. It is the thesis of a 650-page Wolf Totem written by an individual using the nom de plume Jiang Rong. The book has earned 10 literature prizes for its combination of autobiography, animal stories, and ethnological observations. For more, click.

Another Writing Trend?
In an article for Canada's Globe & Mail, Tralee Pearce argues that more authors are writing what amount to be 12-month memoirs, that being memoirs covering a annual span. There's A Year in the World, The Year of Magical Thinking, A Year in Provence, The Year of Yes, and My Year in Iraq.

Blog Writer Up for Award
The author using the nom de plume of Riverbend is on the longlist for the Samuel Johnson award, which would give the author approximately $60,000. The 26 year old wrote Baghdad Burning. The book, listed as a biography and memoir, already came in third for the Lettre Ulysses prize for Reportage and was shortlisted for an Index on Censorship freedom of expression award. Riverbend began the blog: “I'm female, Iraqi, and 24. I survived the war. That's all you need to know. It's all that matters these days anyway.” Read more. An extract of the book is available from the Guardian.

Mary Lee Settle Dead
She won the National Book Award for Blood Tie in 1978, and she worked to organize the PEN/Faulkner Award. George Garrett called her Charlottesville's dean of letters. The Virginia Quarterly Review, which called Settle a “writer of radiant fiction and nonfiction and tireless advocate for southern literature,” provided links to three of her VQR works.

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