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Josh Kun, new MacArthur fellow: We use food and music to draw boundaries, but also cross them

latimes.com — Josh Kun was awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship for his work as a cultural historian, using ephemera and pop culture artifacts to explore who we - particularly we Angelenos - are. Kun, a professor at USC, is the author of the books "To Live and Dine in L.A."

Sarah Stillman will use her MacArthur to support her long-form journalism

latimes.com — Sarah Stillman has been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow for her long-form investigative journalism which explores issues of social justice in oft-overlooked communities. A staff writer at the New Yorker who has written about immigrant children being kidnapped near the U.S.-Mexico border, low-wage workers on U.S.

Maggie Nelson, new MacArthur fellow, says, 'You've just got to do what each book demands'

latimes.com — Maggie Nelson has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for her work that blends frank autobiography with criticism and philosophy. A poet who leads the MFA program at CalArts, Nelson's work wrestles with issues of gender, LGBT theory, art and violence; her most recent books are the award-winning memoir "The Argonauts" and the reissued "The Red Parts," about her aunt's murder.

Will winning the MacArthur fellowship allow Lauren Redniss to give up her Murphy bed studio?

latimes.com — Lauren Redniss was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for her nonfiction graphic storytelling, work that is both grounded and distinctly artful. "Radioactive," about the relationship between Pierre and Marie Curie and their scientific discoveries, was a finalist for the National Book Award; it was followed by 2015's "Thunder and Lightning," a book that was about the weather and more.

Poet Claudia Rankine says of her MacArthur, 'the prize is being given to the subject' of race in America

latimes.com — Poet Claudia Rankine was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship grant for her work that engages with contemporary American culture, particularly issues of race. Her most recent book, 2014's "Citizen," racked up stacks of awards for its searing take on the personal and political, including the death of Trayvon Martin.

Gene Leun Yang wins a MacArthur grant 'out of left field, but in the best way'

latimes.com — Gene Luen Yang was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a graphic novelist and cartoonist. The week the fellowship was announced, the former high school teacher was set to embark on the book tour for the second in his series of comics for middle graders, "Secret Coders," designed to engage kids in computer science through mystery stories.

J.D. Salinger home to host cartoonist residency

capecodtimes.com — The Cornish Cartoon Residency, which will take place during February 2017, is being offered by the Center for Cartoon Studies. It is accepting applications now through Nov. 1, and in addition to living in Salinger's place, the cartoonist will get a $600 stipend and be asked to give a talk at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt., 16 miles away.

Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

latimes.com — One of the largest literary publishers of the West - west of the Hudson River, Counterpoint's Charlie Winton points out, that doesn't operate as a nonprofit - has merged with fledgling New York publisher Catapult. When the companies announced the deal earlier this month, it came as a surprise.

See the 10 books longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

ledger-enquirer.com — The 10 books in the running for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction were announced by the National Book Foundation Thursday. The longlists for young people's literature, poetry and nonfiction have already been announced. All the longlists will be narrowed to five finalists in October, and the prizes will be awarded Nov.

See the 10 books longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction | The Merced Sun-Star

mercedsunstar.com — The 10 books in the running for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction were announced by the National Book Foundation Thursday. The longlists for young people's literature, poetry and nonfiction have already been announced. All the longlists will be narrowed to five finalists in October, and the prizes will be awarded Nov.
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Sep 25, 2016

RT @saladinahmed: Is it too late to get Henry Rollins a seat so he can just start screaming 'CAUSE I'M A LIAR!!! at appropriate moments during the debate

Sep 25, 2016

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Sep 25, 2016

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Sep 24, 2016

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Sep 23, 2016

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