Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Year's Best

David Brooks' annual Sidney Awards for outstanding journalism, and Sidney Awards, part II
Annual List of Banished Words from Lake Superior State University
The Kindle is the most "gifted" item ever on Amazon.com. On Christmas Day, there were more Kindle downloads than print book purchases. I was one of the downloaders, choosing Malcolm Gladwell's The Outliers at $9.99.
Roger Ebert's Best Films of 2009
The New Yorker's David Denby: Best Films of 2009
Paste Magazine: 50 Best Films of the Decade
(in the order I saw them)
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2. Slumdog Millionaire
3. Secrets and Lies
4. Revolutionary Road
5. The Reader
6. Frozen River
7. Milk
8. Frost/Nixon
9. Doubt
10. Julie and Julia

Honorable Mention
11. The Informant!
12. Gran Torino

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pilgrims - Expected in March

Pilgrims by Ken Autrey

Published by: Main Street Rag Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-1-59948-230-9, 40 pages, $10 (cover price)

Ken Autrey’s collection of poems, Pilgrims, is scheduled for release in March 2010 and is available for discount advance order now. The cover price will be $10, but advance orders from the publisher's website are $7 plus shipping ($1 for one book).

The book can be ordered from the COMING SOON page of the MSR Online Bookstore:


For those who would rather not order online, Pilgrims may be ordered by check or credit card directly from the publisher at a lesser discount ($9/book, postage included).

Send checks to:

Main Street Rag, PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001.

For credit card orders, call 704-573-2516 (M-F 9am-5pm EST).

Best Books of the Year

Publisher's Weekly Top 10 and Top 100

The New York Times Top 10

Amazon.com - Best So Far

Guardian.uk.com - Best Books of 2009 Chosen by Writers, Journalists, etc.
My List of the Ten Best Books of Fiction/Nonfiction Read (not necesssarily published) in 2009--in no particular order

1. Dalton Conley, Honky
2. Joseph O-Neill, Netherland
3. Fareed Zacharia, The Post-American World
4. Dexter Filkins, The Forever War
5. Toni Morrison, A Mercy
6. Susan Cheever, American Bloomsbury
7. Ethan Canin, America, America
8. Valerie Martin, The Confessions of Edward Day
9. Richard Russo, That Old Cape Magic
10. David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames