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January 13, 2010

Shorties (Tournament of Books, Basia Bulat, and more)

The shortlist and judges have been announced for the 2010 Tournament of Books by The Morning News. interviews singer-songwriter Basia Bulat about her sophomore album, Heart of My Own (out January 26th).

Flagpole wraps up the decade in Athens, Georgia music.

The three finalists for the 2009 edition of The Story Prize for books of short fiction:

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Drift by Victoria Patterson
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

The Capital Times profiles Bowerbirds, noting the band's inspirations taken from nature.

Library Journal lists 24 graphic novels for African American History Month.

Pitchfork confirms that the new Joanna Newsom album, Have One on Me, will be released February 23rd in the US.

The Observer lists the artiest iPhone apps of 2010.

At Pitchfork, the xx list their favorite things.

The New York Times reviews Amy Bloom's impressive new short fiction collection, Where the God of Love Hangs Out.

There are a lot of losses in “Where the God of Love Hangs Out,” and not just because some of its characters age dramatically. Ms. Bloom is as interested in the forces that rupture bonds as in the ones that, against all odds and sometimes at terrible risk, manage to create them. The subtle, stirring title story ably illustrates Ms. Bloom’s tremendous gift for imagining life as a series of choices, with the paths not taken as vivid as the ones that are.

The Years of BASS is a blog dedicated to reading and reviewing every edition of the Best American Short Stories compilations.

The Catbirdseat has a limited number of copies of Unbunny's Black Strawberries reissue on vinyl available.

The Guardian lists the tip 10 novels set in the Arab world.

At her Monitor Mix blog, Carrie Brownstein makes 2010 music predictions.

Author Joshua Ferris is interviewed by his editor and publisher at the Powell Books blog about his stunning new novel, The Unnamed.

My "best of 2009" lists:

favorite albums of 2009
favorite novels of 2009
favorite nonfiction of 2009
favorite short story collections of 2009
favorite graphic novels of 2009
favorite music of 2009 (at Urban Outfitters)

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