News for the bookworms, Nobel and Man Booker winners announced

herta mueller

Mueller, whose mother was sent to a Soviet work camp for five years and who herself was harassed by the Romanian Securitate secret police after refusing to be an informer, made her debut in 1982 with a collection of short stories.

Romanian-born writer wins Nobel literature prize

Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller, who charted the hardships and humiliations of Nicolae Ceausescu’s brutal regime, has won the 2009 Nobel literature prize.

Mueller wins Nobel literary prize

Romanian-born German author Herta Mueller is announced as the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel

Mantel named UK fiction prize winner

Author Hilary Mantel is named this year’s winner of the UK’s Man Booker Prize for her historical novel Wolf Hall.
And some goodies around the web. Enjoy your Friday! I have work to do until the evening departmental meeting:)

Booker White – Aberdeen Mississippi Blues HIFI

Man in the News: Dan Brown

High priest of conspiracy: The author of The Da Vinci Code has penned another blockbuster. Yet the public has rarely been so divided about a novelist

Dan Brown’s latest book takes down

by Mark Frauenfelder

I received this email message yesterday, regarding Dan Brown’s new thriller, The Lost Symbol. It looks like the Illuminati have shut down, to prevent further secrets from being revealed.

Artist Edition example sketches

by David Malki

Here are some more examples of the sketches I put in Artist Edition books! Each sketch is unique and totally unpredictable.

This is a reminder that these special edition books are currently available through October 11 only, and that the opportunity will not be offered again until next spring

poor chap

A woman observes an untitled work by British artist Roger Hiorns at Tate Modern in London today. Photo: EFE/Andy Rain. VIA

Giant-sized Gary Baseman drawing for charity

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder


Some of the most controversial album covers ever

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, ?Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins? (1968)

Many retailers stocked the album inside a brown paper bag. Even the band was divided as to whether or not to release this album cover.

HEAVY METAL BAND NAMES, a flow chart by Doogie Horner

Give me fuel, give me fire, give me…flow charts! This week’s flow chart from Doogie Horner details heavy metal band names.

HOWTO Launder precious heavy metal t-shirts

By Cory Doctorow on fashion

Scott Truemetalradio Maxwell’s “Heavy Metal Laundry Tips” are not only convulsively funny, they also sound like pretty good damned advice for keeping your t-shirts fresh and none-more-black.

Picturing the Quran

TERROR: ?Sura 44 (A?B)? shows the towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. (Sandow Birk / Catharine Clark Gallery / March 26)

Long Beach artist?s illustrations of a new take on Koran

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