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January 19, 2016

Shorties (National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists, David Bowie's Science Fiction Influences, and more)

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2015 awards.

Pitchfork examined the influence of science fiction on David Bowie's music.

19 year-end "best books of 2015" lists were added to the Largehearted Boy master aggregation Wednesday (bringing the total number of lists represented to 1,882) , including Kate Mulgrew's favorite books.

See also:

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2015 year-end music lists.

Fiction Writers Review interviewed author Garth Greenwell.

Stereogum listed the bes cover songs performed by Sleater-Kinney.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Diane Williams.

The Guardian profiled singer-songwriter Carla Bozulich.

The Guardian reconsidered Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, which was first published 50 years ago.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy covered Leonard Cohen's "Hunter's Lullaby."

Asymptote interviewed author Junot Diaz.

American Songwriter interviewed Zac Little of the band Saintseneca.

Guernica interviewed Elena Ferrante's English translator.

Authors shared memories of David Bowie at Electric Literature.

Authors Victor LaValle and Daniel Jose Older in conversation.

Michaelangelo Matos examined the world of books about the Grateful Dead.

Dinner and drinks inspired by Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.

PopMatters interviewed Dan Bitney of the band Tortoise.

Paste listed 2016's most anticipated comics.

Stream PJ Harvey's new single.

The Daily Beast interviewed author Joyce Carol Oates.

eBooks on sale this month:

American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates
The Exiles by Allison Lynn
Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke
Harlequin's Millions by Bohumil Hrabal
The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
The Hundred Year-Flood by Matthew Salesses
A Life in Men by Gina Frangello
Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla
Speed Dreaming by Nicole Haroutunian
The Summer Son by Craig Lancaster
This Glittering World by T. Greenwood

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best of 2015" Book Lists
Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)

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