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May 9, 2010

Shorties (John Prine Tribute, Christos Tsiolkas, and more)

Lambchop's Kurt Wagner talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about the John Prine tribute album, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, which features Bon Iver, Josh Ritter, the Drive-By Truckers and others covering the singer-songwriter..


The Times Online profiles author Christos Tsiolkas, whose fourth novel The Slap has just been released in the US and UK.

Tsiolkas is having quite a few pinch-me moments these days. Until a few months ago, the 44-year-old was working part-time at a veterinary clinic in suburban Melbourne, Australia, administering anaesthetics to whimpering shihtzus. Now he finds himself in the middle of a three-week book tour of America, before moving on to England, then Scotland, plucked from semi-obscurity and set on the literary rock-star track by his fourth novel, The Slap. It has already been published in Australia to great acclaim — Stephen Romei, editor of The Australian Literary Review, called it "a rare quadrella in publishing: a page turner that sells lots of copies, gets great reviews and wins literary awards".


The Detroit Free Press profiles author Ander Monson.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune plays "whatever happened to" with musical duos.


The Observer lists the 10 best summer music festivals.


The Des Moines Register profiles Peter Bognanni, author of the novel The House of Tomorrow.


True/Slant interviews two members of Chicago's indie pop collective Canasta.


About.com lists the best summer reading books adults should read.


On her blog, Sonya Chung reflects on literary genre writing.


Win the National's new album High Violet (CD or vinyl, your choice) and Miguel Syjuco's celebrated debut novel, Ilustrado in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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