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PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominees

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Here are five finalists for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  The winner will be announced on April 2.  

George Saunders is the winner of the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award.  His new book Congratulations, by the Way : Some Thoughts on Kindness will be released on April 22, 2014.  It is a convocation speech he gave at Syracuse University.  Kind thoughts are always welcome.

Golden Globes - A case of nerves

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The Hollywood Foreign press handed out the Golden Globes last night and many of the recipients were very nervous. Jennifer Lawrence was nervous. Jacqueline Bisset forget how to speak for several minutes. Even Jon Voight seemed a bit overwhelmed. The only person who didn't seem nervous was Adam Samberg, a surprise winner for Best Actor in a TV Series, Music or Comedy. It was both fun and strange to see professional actors and actresses behaving like they had stage fright.

The show also featured a spirited tribute to Woody Allen (winner of the Cecil B. Demille award) by Diane Keaton.

Many of the winning films are not yet available on DVD, but you can still put your name on the holds list for:

And check out these winners from the TV & Mini Series categories:

Best Books of 2012

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It's that time of the year: the listing of the “Best Books of 2012” is available from Random House Publications.

Three of “The 10 Best Books of 2012” according to the New York Times Book Review are

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