Customers and Authors

We want to recognize two of our faithful, longtime customers and local authors who have been in the spotlight this past week.  Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist currently working on the third and final volume in his World War II Liberation series, was awarded the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.  We have enjoyed hosting Rick ever since his history of West Point, THE LONG GRAY LINE (Holt, $17), which was first published in 1989, and we are cheering for this recognition of his spectacular career as a military historian.  Read more by clicking on this article from The Washington Post.

Similarly, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has just announced  that the new novel, WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER (HMH, $25), by our “resident” fiction author Howard Norman has been chosen as  the monthly selection by three First Edition clubs and also will be featured in an NPR interview by Scott Simon.  We have been promoting Howard as one of our favorite authors since The Bird Artist (Picador, $16) in 1995, which was a National Book Award finalist.

Publishers Weekly also loved this new novel from Howard, saying “Set on the Atlantic coast of Canada during WWII, Norman’s latest ... is an expertly crafted tale of love during wartime. . . . Norman’s writing is effortless, and his plot is grand in scope but studded with moments of tenderness and intimacy that help crystallize the anxiety and weariness of life on the home front. That Norman is able to achieve so much in 250 pages is a testament to his mastery of the craft.”  And Kirkus Review wrote: “Norman…scores again with this gripping account of a family ripped apart by obsession and murder…Norman has developed this brave, emotionally reticent man with great delicacy.  It is extraordinary that a story which carries such a weight of sorrow is never depressing, but Norman the master craftsman pulls it off.”  One hundred huzzahs for Howard!

-- Barbara & Carla

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