Alison Bechdel has been named a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow. The New York Times tips its hat to Alison and also announces her new project. The theatrical adaptation of Fun Home, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Drama Critics Circle and Obie Award winner, is Broadway-bound in 2015.
Larry Sabato’s documentary, The Kennedy Half Century, based on his bestselling book of the same name, has won the 2014 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary.
Sheril Kirshenbaum writes about the population problem and having children in The Atlantic. Her TedX talk on the same subject received a standing ovation. Watch for her new Scientific American blog on why we should have kids.
Linda Leavell’s Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore won the Plutarch Award, given out by the Biographers International Organization, for the best biography of 2013. Read the five-page review of in The New Yorker here. It was also reviewed in Slate.
Read an exclusive first serial from Jonah Keri’s Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos in Grantland.
Seth Kantner’s Ordinary Wolves has been named the number one book to read about Alaska in a poll conducted by Alaska Public Radio.
Inc Magazine has named their top 50 leadership and management experts, and both John Baldoni and Mike Myatt (the author of Hacking Leadership) made the list.
Amy Greenberg has won the Myra Bernath Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for A Wicked War, named the best work in US foreign policy written by a woman. The book has also won the best book award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Robert Utley Award from the Western History Association.
Vali Nasr, author of The Dispensible Nation, writes about the crisis in Ukraine on the The New York Times op ed page.
Read Freeman Dyson’s review of Mario Livio’s Brilliant Blunders in The New York Review of Books. It was also chosen by The Washington Post as on of the top fifty books of the year. He recently appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he has drawn great reviews in theWall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Post Book Review. Even Dan Brown, the author of The DaVinci Code, tweeted he was “one of my favorite authors.”
The New York Times says of Greg Grandin that “through a remarkable feat of research he establishes a strong narrative line” in his new book The Empire of Necessity. In a starred review, PublishersWeekly says his “insightful, poetic explorations offer profound insight into a critical moment.” A fleet of other publications have now called the book “splendid,” “exquisite,” “engaging,” “fascinatingly intimate,” and “excellent.”
Dalton Conley’s Parentology is on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s recommended summer reading list.
Marya Hornbacher’s Madness hits two NY Times bestseller lists: one for e-books, and one for science books.
Yascha Mounk’s “German, Jewish, and Neither,” based on his book, Stranger in My Own Country, is one of this week’s most emailed articles in the New York Times.
Kayla Williams talks about Plenty of Time When We Get Home with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
Nate Silver is reinventing and staffing up FiveThirtyEight.com as his vastly expanded site moves to ABC and ESPN. His book, The Signal and the Noise, was a New York Times bestseller for months. He has been called the “most famous journalist in America today, and deservedly so.”
Read a five-page review of Rana Mitter’s Forgotten Ally:China’s World War II: 1937-45 in The New Yorker. The book has also been reviewed in The Daily Beast, The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and theWashington Post, which says he “masterfully constructs these interlocking stories of battles, famines, massacres, diplomacy and intrigue.” The Financial Times just named it a Book of the Year.
Nicole Georges has won this year’s Lambda Best Graphic Novel Award for Calling Dr. Laura.
Read the interview with Joseph Blasi and Richard Freeman on their new book The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back into Democracy with PBS’s Paul Solman.
Read Brian Fagan’s excerpt, “The Impending Deluge,” from his just-published book The Attacking Oceans: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
Keith Meldahl’s Hard Road West, a geological history of the westward journey, was described by The Atlantic’s literary and national editor Benjamin Schwartz as “one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years.”
Pamela Katz’s screenplay of the film Hannah Arendt was nominated for a German Academy Award, and the New York Times has named it one of the ten best films of the year.
Jonathan Rieder’s op-ed, excerpted from his book Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation, is featured in The New York Times.
Stephanie Coontz had the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review to talk about the state of American gender equality. She also recently spoke with Stephen Colbert about her book A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s on The Colbert Report.
Bill Moyers calls Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s book, Winner-Take-All Politics, “the most important I’ve read” in years, and considers the two professors “the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science.”
Sharon McGrayne’s book on Bayes’ Rule, The Theory That Would Not Die, was lauded by Alan Krueger, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in an interview in the New York Times.
Ellen Forney has been nominated for an Eisner Award. Her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me is a New York Times bestseller, and named a best book of 2012 by The Washington Post, Time, and Entertainment Weekly. Her memoir has earned raves from NPR, Time, O, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. She is the 2012 “Genius Award” winner, in Literature, from The Stranger magazine, and was recently interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Lucy Knisley’s Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a New York Times Bestseller, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Village Voice, Wired, and NPR, among many others, and has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. It has been named one of the “10 Most Anticipated Graphic Novels & Comics of 2013″ by Paste Magazine and a “Book of the Week” by PW. Her national book tour kicks off in NYC this April.