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2012 Lukas Prize Project Awards Announced

March 15, 2012

New York – Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard have named the 2012 winners of the Lukas Prize Project Awards.

A Vanderbilt University professor has won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for his sensitive account of the fine line people of mixed race have tread in the United States since the nation’s beginning. The Mark Lynton History Prize will go to a University of Virginia professor for her unusual and groundbreaking work on the history of common sense. The J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award was won by a former AP reporter and editor who is completing a book on the world’s inability to help Haiti.

The judges said of The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White (Viking Press) by Daniel...

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  Author of The Attack on the Liberty and The War Below James Scott's THE DOOLITTLE RAID: The Mission that Avenged Pearl Harbor and Doomed Japan, to John Glusman at Norton, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English)

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 "Guantanamo: An American History"-- Jonathan Hansen

About the Program

Jonathan Hansen presents a history of America's presence at Guantanamo Bay.  The author reports on the United States' early interest in the area and the central role it played in U.S. plans to control the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.  Mr. Hansen examines the creation of the U.S. naval base and prison at Guantanamo and its continued usage despite calls for its closure.  Jonathan Hansen speaks at Belmont Public Library in Belmont, Massachusetts. 


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1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ($3.95 in Arrow and TAB)

2. The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander ($4 in Arrow)

3. Dear Dumb Diary, Year Two: School. Hasn’t This Gone On Long Enough? by Jim Benton ($2.95 in Arrow)

4. Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hélène Boudreau ($5 in Arrow)

5. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith ($4 in Arrow)



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  Donald Hall: A Poet's View 'Out The Window'

Fresh Air from WHYY


February 8, 2012

"Poet Donald Hall spends much of his time in his blue armchair, looking at the landscape out his window. The 83-year-old former poet laureate has lived for years on the same New Hampshire farm that his grandparents used to own, and still writes in the room he slept in as a child.

In his recent New Yorker essay "Out the Window," Hall reflects on the view out his window that has both changed — and remained the same — throughout his life. He also contemplates how things have changed for him as he's grown older.

"However alert we are, antiquity remains an...

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by Meadows, Jodi Reviewed by Courtney Webb | Released: January 31, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books (384 pages)


" “Creative and inviting, Incarnate offers a new concept into the young adult genre, now overflowing with paranormal and fantasy titles. One can’t help but wonder where the story will go after this first title in the series.”

We all know what it means to be new in some capacity. We were all new to this world that surrounds us at one time, learning what we needed to know as we grew and aged. We got by...

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What We Find Gross, and Why

"Did you hear the one about the Texan at his first Passover Seder? He was mightily impressed with the soup. “These matzo balls sure are delicious, ma’am,” he told his hostess. “What other parts of the matzo do y’all cook with?”

This old joke came to mind as I read “That’s Disgusting,” a lively look at all things revolting by Rachel Herz, a psychologist at Brown. I thought of it as Herz described an evening with friends at a pretentious restaurant, where she ordered the appetizer special, duck oysters. It turned out “oysters” was code for “testicles” — how come her dinner companions hadn’t warned her? — and once she knew that, she lost her appetite for the small bulb-shaped...

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Mining the past

Historian looks back for fresh perspectives in confronting the questions of Haiti.

"The question has been asked innumerable times by journalists, politicians, aid workers and academics over the years: What’s wrong with Haiti? Why can’t a country that seems to have so much potential overcome its political instability and extreme poverty? Why don’t aid programs ever seem to have the intended results? Why is the country so vulnerable to disaster and turmoil?

Historian Laurent Dubois attempts to answer that question in Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by carefully detailing Haiti’s history, with particular emphasis on certain turns in the road that have left indelible marks on the island nation often referred to as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, “a moniker...

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 Nieman Reports

Brief Story, Book Proposal, a Longer Feature, Then a Book

‘… it would be a while before people would say, “Hey, this is a book.” ’

By Amy Ellis Nutt

"There is nothing normal about my journalism career—I landed my first newspaper job at 42—or my book-writing career. In a former long-ago life as a sports reporter, I coauthored a golf book/memoir for a woman on the professional tour and it hit the remainder bin faster than a two-foot gimme hits the bottom of the cup. So after a 13-year hiatus and a move from Sports Illustrated to The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey—you get the upside-down idea, right?—I had some trepidation about embarking on a second book. ......

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