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January 25, 2013

Shorties (A New Literary Prize for Debut Novels Set in the South, New Music Recommendations for People Stuck in the 90s, and more)

The Oxford American talks to one of the founders of the new Crook's Corner Book Prize, given annually to a debut novel set in the South.

A new literary prize has been concocted in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Crook's Corner Book Prize was announced last week at the eponymous restaurant, which is known as an originator of Southern cuisine crazes. The award will honor an emerging writer of a debut novel set in the South, and will include $1,000, along with a free glass of wine with every visit to Crook's Corner during the award year. Jill McCorkle will select this year's winning novel.

Flavorwire recommends new bands for people stuck in the 90s.

Members of Local Natives discuss their new album Hummingbirds\ (out January 29th) with West Coast Sound.

PopMatters interviews Bill Willingham, creator of the Fables comics series.

A.V. Club contributors and readers recommend music to influence your children's tastes.

Fresh Air interviews Lawrence Wright about his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

Stream a new song by Thao Nguyen and Joanna Newsom at BlackBook.

Tablet looks back on Philip Roth's last novels.

Jack White plays guest DJ at All Songs Considered.

The Record explores the importance of music to film.

Pitchfork interviews legendary musician John Cale.

Cartoonist Kyle Baker has posted several of hos comics and graphic novels online as free downloads.

Billboard reports that Elvis Costello is teaming up with The Roots for a new album.

Win three exceptional books titled "Jerusalem" (two graphic novels and a cookbook) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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