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Louise Erdrich's Racially Charged Book Wins National Book Award


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Louise Erdrich has won the National Book award with The Round House; a book that focuses on the underlying culture of racism and violence in reservations in North America, The New York Times reports. 

Erdrich accepted the award in both Ojibwe and English, speaking of "the grace and endurance of native women", and quipped: "I find myself like Mitt Romney the other night, without a speech." She went on to describe The Round House, saying, "This is a book about a huge case of injustice ongoing on reservations. Thank you for giving it a wider audience." She has beaten high-profile novels by Junot Diaz, Kevin Powers and Dave Eggers to win America's prestigious National Book award. "If this prize means anything," she said, "it is that small stories in so-called hidden places matter because they implicate and complicate what we consider to be the larger story, which is the story of people who do have political and economic powers."

Elsewhere at the literary awards, The National Book award for poetry went to David Ferry for Bewilderment, while William Alexander's Goblin Secrets took the young people's literature prize. The ceremony also saw Elmore Leonard presented with a medal for his distinguished contribution to American letters. "The only thing I've ever wanted to do with my life is have a good time writing stories," he said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "This award tells me I'm still at it."

National Book Awards: 2012 Proves To Be Deep, Dark And Heavy Year For Literature


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Drawing the close of the year means that award season is upon us. The MacArthur Genius Grant winners were revealed last week, Toronto Film Festival, London BFI Film Festival and the Turner Prize nominations have all been going on over the past two weeks. Now it's the turn of the National Book Awards in the USA, and this year's nominations across all the awards have a distinctly sombre tone.

The awards, funded and administered by the National Book Foundation, includes categories for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's literature, plus two special awards for outstanding lifetime service to literature, and distinguished lifetime contribution to literature. This year's recipients for the the latter two awards will be Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr and Novelist Elmore Leonard respectively (Washington Post).

This year's nominations for fiction are: Dave Eggers (A Hologram for the King), Junot Diaz (This is, How You Lose Her), Louise Erdrich (The Round House), Kevin Powers (The Yellow Bird), and Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk).

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The Boondock Saints Review


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Already an insanely overrated cult classic, The Boondock Saints has Irish (and super-religious) brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) taking Boston by storm as vigilantes ridding the town of evildoers. Meanwhile, a gay FBI agent (Willem Dafoe, who steals the show completely) is hot on the trail, while the boys also get hunted by kooky crime lord (Billy Connolly).

Stylish and fun in a cheeseball sort of way (think Tarantino without the retro hipness), these Saints are amusing enough -- until the endless gunplay, blood-splattering, and monotonous SCREAMING MATCHES wear you down. I'd had enough within 45 minutes, but you'll have to make it through 110... and then there's the sequel that's on the way.

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The Boondock Saints Review


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Already a cult classic, The Boondock Saints has Irish (and super-religious) brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) taking Boston by storm as vigilantes ridding the town of evildoers. Meanwhile, a gay FBI agent (Willem Dafoe, who steals the show completely) is hot on the trail, while the boys also get hunted by kooky crime lord (Billy Connolly).

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