Art Spiegelman to receive honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK — (AP) — This fall, Art Spiegelman will receive an honorary National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Sales for “Maus” and other Spiegelman books surged, but the attention distracted him from other priorities. “Art Spiegelman has captured the world’s imagination through the comics medium,” David Steinberger, chair of the National Book Foundation’s board of directors, said in a statement released Friday. But the genie is long out of the bottle.”Neil Gaiman will introduce Spiegelman at the Nov. 16 ceremony, presented by the Book Foundation. “It left prints on my soul,” he says of Spiegelman’s work.wftv.com
Peter Straub, acclaimed horror author, dead at 79
Celebrated author Peter Straub, who first achieved widespread acclaim with 1979′s “Ghost Story” and went on to collaborate with horror master Stephen King, has died at the age of 79, his daughter confirmed via Instagram on Tuesday. >> Read more trending news“Peter Francis Straub, the smartest and most fun person in every room he was ever in, 3/2/43 - 9/4/22. There aren’t enough words in the world,” Emma Straub wrote. King, whose latest fantasy novel, “Fairy Tale,” hit bookshelves Tuesday, paid tribute to Straub and their longtime collaboration via social media. It's a sad day because my good friend and amazingly talented colleague and collaborator, Peter Straub, has passed away.wftv.com
Edgar Wright explores ‘glam rock anomaly’ Sparks in doc
This image released by the Sundance Institute shows a scene from the Edgar Wright film "The Sparks Brothers," an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Ever heard of the band Sparks? “At some point when you’re a fan of a band like Sparks you become a sort of evangelist for them,” Wright said. “We’d always been hesitant about the idea of having a documentary for Sparks,” said Russell Mael. Wright endeavored to make not just a documentary about Sparks, but to make it feel like a Sparks project as well.
Penguin Random House, PEN America team up to Book the Vote
NEW YORK – Neil Gaiman, Anita Hill and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics. Book the Vote is a collaboration among Penguin Random House, PEN America, the non-profit organization When We All Vote and the literary retailer Out of Print, which is owned by Penguin Random House. One feature is called “How America Works” and covers four topics: the right to vote, voting for the president, the Supreme Court and the electoral college. “Truth, facts, press freedom, and the future of open discourse are all on the ballot this November,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement. Noseel and Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh said they were pleased to be working together to provide credible and authoritative information about the U.S. election and voting rights.