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  • BASS: Paul Oakenfold announces Trance Mission North American fall tour
    Edited Press Release

    Three time Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold returns to his roots as the original pioneer and icon of the global trance scene with a new tour and album concept that launches in the US and Canada this month. His North American tour kicks off October 26 at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. Read More
  • BASS: Drum 'N' Bass artist Calibre releases first mix album, 'Fabriclive 68' -- with audio

    Longtime Drum 'N' Bass DJ and producer Calibre has mixed "Fabriclive 68" his first ever commercially available mix CD that's available in stores worldwide, his manager with ESP Agency announced. Calibre also released a free mix to help support the album's promotion. Read More
  • WORD: Akashic Books launches new content-driven website
    Edited Press Release

    Akashic Books announced the February launch of its new website, switching to a “practically pre-digital feel” to one that will have original content nearly every day of the week. The Brooklyn-based independent publisher of literary and alternative fiction outlined a schedule of regular features. Read More
  • DJ ShadowBASS: DJ Shadow ‘Reconstructed’ marks 20 year career

    San Franciso Bay Area native DJ Shadow (pictured left), regarded as one of the most influential and consistently innovative artists to emerge in electronic and hip hop music in the last 20 years, has released his latest album, "Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow," through record label Universal Music Enterprises. Read More
  • BASS: Markus Schulz voted America’s Best DJ for 2012

    Trance DJ Markus Schulz has been voted America's Best DJ for 2012, DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ announced Monday. The talented Miami-based DJ will be honored October 7 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Read More
  • WORD: Attica Locke novel ‘The Cutting Season’ first book in Dennis Lehane imprint

    Attica Locke's sophomore novel "The Cutting Season" will be published Sept. 18 and mark the debut title from HarperCollins’ new imprint helmed by award-winning author Dennis Lehane, who is launching his own novel through just two weeks later. Read More
  • WORD: Library of America announces new Kurt Vonnegut collection includes three novels
    Edited Press Release

    The Library of America announced it has compiled a new collection by the late Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), who is widely considered one of America’s greatest writers. “Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962” includes all three of his early novels and six classic science fiction stories in a hard cover edited by Sidney Offit. Read More
  • Brenna Barr has reportedly joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, where she’s handling graphic novels, steampunk and alternative literature. On the non-fiction front, she likes true crime/adventure, the occult, humor, historical pop culture, and social issues. Authors wishing to pitch her can do so at bbarr (at) dystel.com. More information on Dystel & Goderich is available at their website.
  • Christopher LawrenceBASS: Fleming & Lawrence a new collaboration of trance and house veterans – with audio

    After spending most of his career playing solo, longtime trance and progressive house DJ Christopher Lawrence (pictured left) has joined forces with John “00” Fleming of the UK under the moniker Fleming & Lawrence. The duo announced they’ve launched an underground dance music tour (UDM). Read More
  • BASS: Electro duo Purity Ring’s debut album ‘Shrines’ finding crossover buzz -- UPDATE

    Less than two years after forming, Montreal-based electro band Purity Ring has released their debut album “Shrines” with label Last Gang Records after considerable buzz online. Vocalist Megan James brings deep harmonies to offset percussionist Corin Roddick's beatmaking and electronic productions. UPDATE Aug. 25: Details on their full North American tour are in.  Read More
  • Emily MandelREVIEW: ‘The Lola Quartet’ is another gem by Emily St. John Mandel
    Review by Michelle Simon
    UNBRIDLED BOOKS; 288 PAGES; $24.95

    Emily St. John Mandel (pictured) is back with a third novel, and in a development that will surprise nobody, “The Lola Quartet” features a protagonist who is in search of an identity – a theme running through her prior novels novels, “Last Night in Montreal” and “The Singer’s Gun.” Read More
  • BASS: Tiesto returns to American college campuses with “Club Life College Invasion Tour”
    Edited Presss Release

    Tiësto announces the return of “Tiësto's Club Life College Invasion Tour,” the largest dance music tour to ever hit the American college market. Tiësto will headline the tour this fall with stops at campuses across the United States. Read More
  • Paul van DykBASS: Lana Del Rey, Paul Van Dyk play San Francisco

    Singer Lana Del Rey, whose album ‘Born To Die’ launched Jan. 31, and German techno DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk (pictured left) are performing in San Francisco this week. Del Rey will appear at Amoeba Music in Upper Haight on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 9 pm for a live performance and autograph signing. As with all Amoeba events, her show at Amoeba is free. Meantime, Van Dyk plays at Ruby Skye on Feb. 10 to celebrate the venue’s 12th year anniversary. The 21-and-up show has a dress code of no sneakers, shorts, tank tops, baseball hats or gym clothes. Pre-sale general admission tickets at $70 are available here. The show starts at 9 pm. Ruby Skye is at 420 Mason Street.
  • WORD: Mulholland Books to publish late crime writer Jim Thompson novels
    Mulholland Books announced Tuesday that it will publish 25 e-books by legendary crime writer Jim Thompson, who is widely credited with turning pulp fiction into an art form. Well-known novels like "The Grifters," "After Dark My Sweet," "The Killer Inside Me," and other Thompson classics are on tap as e-book editions, the publisher said. Read More
  • AirBASS: AIR album inspired by classic French film 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune'
    Edited Press Release

    French downtempo band AIR (pictured left) has released a new album, "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" (A Trip To The Moon), inspired by a classic black & white silent film of the same title by revered French director Georges Méliès. Eager to put a contemporary spin on this classic silent film, the producers decided to approach AIR's Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honor for French musicians considering the film's place in the canon of French cinema. Read More
  • DJ MettraxAUDIO: DJ Mettrax mixes Progressive House set

    DJ Mettrax has played at various clubs throughout his native Austria, where he’s focused on liquid Drum & Bass and House music. He has produced DNB tracks for Hospital Records, one of the UK’s top labels, as well as Fucuz Records. In October 2011, he founded Generation Golla Recordings, which releases DNB, House, Dubstep, Trance, Psytrance and Goa, among other genres. Here Mettrax mixes a Progressive House set that showcases his diverse style. Listen Now
  • WORD: Litquake 2011 kicks off with Ellroy, Smiley; Lit Crawl this Saturday, Oct. 15

    The 12th annual Litquake festival kicked off on Friday, Oct. 7, beginning a weeklong series of daily events throughout San Francisco. Events will happen throughout the City and beyond through Litquake’s traditional close with the notorious booze-fueled Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 15. Read More
  • WORD: Tomas Tranströmer Wins the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Edited Press Release

    New Directions announced that Tomas Tranströmer, author of "The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems," has won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. Long deserved and long awaited, the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature has gone to a magnificent, unforgettable poet. Read More
  • BASS: Kaskade voted America’s Best DJ for 2011 - awards ceremony in Las Vegas Oct. 9
    Edited Press Release

    The votes have all been counted and it's official -- DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that Kaskade has been voted America's Best DJ for 2011. The talented Los Angeles-based jock will be honored October 9 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception at Marquee. Read More
  • D-BridgeBASS: dBridge returns to San Francisco at Mighty, US tour dates added (UPDATE)

    British drum & bass artist dBridge, who kicked off 2011 with the release of his latest mixed album Mosaic Vol. 1, returns to San Francisco on Thursday, September 22 when he headlines at Mighty. dBridge, whose birthname is Darren Wright, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in DNB from Future Forces to Bad Company and mostly recently Club Autonomic. Fellow UK DJ Lynx will also play at the 21-and-up show along with local DJs Bachelors of Science and Method One. Read More
  • BASS: UK dubstep artist Youngsta launches fourth mixed album ‘Rinse: 14’ – with audio
    Edited Press Release

    Youngsta, who UK label Rinse calls "the people’s favorite human dubstep metronome," has mixed the latest Rinse CD. This is Youngsta's fourth mix for Rinse, after previous releases including 'Dubstep Allstars' Volumes 2, and 4, and 'I Love Dubstep'. Rinse: 14 sees him further solidify his place as one of the best dubstep mixers in the world, curating a heavy hitting 'eyes down' selection of dubstep's deeper sounds. Read More
  • WORD: Litquake September fundraiser -- Americans in Paris

    On Thursday, September 22, Litquake hosts a feast of words and French cuisine, featuring three heralded authors known for Parisian settings in their fiction: Cara Black, Diane Johnson and Ellen Sussman. This fundraiser takes place in the intimate cellar dining room of Cafe Bastille, in the heart of San Francisco's French corridor. Prix fixe dinner includes three courses, unlimited wine, and readings. Drinks and mingling at 6:30 pm, with program and dinner starting at 7 pm. Tickets now on sale - click here for more details. Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in 1999 to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. This year's Litquake happens October 7-15, 2011.
  • BASS: Thievery Corporation cuts sixth studio album ‘Culture of Fear;’ tour to hit Calif.
    Edited Press Release

    Thievery Corporation returns with their sixth original studio album "Culture of Fear" with ESL Music. Following up their incendiary and bombastic call to arms "Radio Retaliation" from 2008, this time around Eric Hilton and Rob Garza craft a simmering and hazy collection of atmospheric songs that recall their early production work but reflect a thoroughly contemporary zeitgeist of socio-political angst and unease. Read More
  • REVIEW: YA author de la Cruz pitches captivating tale in adult debut 'Witches of East End'
    Review by Michelle Simon

    Melissa de la Cruz, best known for her addictive Blue Blood series of novels geared to a young adults, has switched to writing for an adult audience. Her first book in this mid-career transition is "Witches of East End" (Hyperion Books), a captivating novel about three witches living in North Hampton, Long Island. Read More
  • Editor's Note June 18: Editor BPM Smith is in Las Vegas until June 26 playing in the World Series of Poker. WORD'N'BASS will be updated with new editorial and audio content when he returns.
  • Emily MandelWORD: Emily St. John Mandel takes Indie Booksellers' Choice Award

    Emily St. John Mandel (pictured left) was one of the winners at the first annual Indie Booksellers' Choice Awards, presented in a standing-room only ceremony that was recently hosted by comedian David Rees at the Housing Works Bookstore in New York City. Mandel, one of today's most talented emerging novelists, took an IBCA for her sophomore novel "The Singer's Gun" (Unbridled Books). Read More
  • REVIEW: Talyor Stevens' prose, plot twists make 'The Informationist' a solid thriller
    Review by Michelle Simon
    CROWN; 307 PAGES; HARDCOVER; $23.00

    "This is where he would die." When a novel opens with such a comment and it's from an event in West Central Africa, the reader knows to expect some chilling scenes, perhaps a haunting past. 'The Informationist' by Talyor Stevens (Crown Publishers) is a thriller set in Dallas and North Africa that lives up to its early promise. Read More
  • WORD: San Francisco novelist García debuts with 'badbadbad,' book tour begins May 19

    San Francisco author Jesús Ángel García will launch his debut novel "badbadbad" (New Pulp Press) with a party on May 19 in The City that kicks off a nationwide tour for García's work, described as a transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web. Read More
  • BASS: Global Dubstep artists Breakage, Goth-Trad play SF club Mezzanine Apr. 13

    Coming off his recent widely-acclaimed "Foundation" album, UK Dubstep and Drum & Bass artist Breakage will play San Francisco club Mezzanine on Wednesday, April 13 in a show hosted by Audio Angel that features local and international DJs and a screening of the dubstep documentary film "Bass Weight" by Kode9 that UK's Guardian named "one of the best documentaries made about the full spectrum of dubstep." Known to move effortlessly through styles from DNB to dubstep, Breakage has proved himself to be one of the most versatile operators in either scene to date. In a co-feature, Japan's Goth-Trad returns to San Francisco to play before taking on his first Coachella set. Bass Weight, a feature length film that offers an unparalleled insight into the subterranean world of Dubstep, screens at 9 pm during the 21-and-up show, which commemorates the new "When I Was A Youth" issue of Big Up. Mezzanine is at 444 Jessie Street at Mint in San Francisco.
  • BASS: Tiësto releases 'CLUB LIFE Volume One – Las Vegas' on his new Musical Freedom label -- with audio
    Edited Press Release

    International DJ and producer Tiësto’s brand new album "CLUB LIFE Volume One -- Las Vegas" was released today (April 5) via his own Musical Freedom record label. This marks the first installment of an exciting new series and Tiësto’s first mix album since In Search of Sunrise -- one of the most successful mix compilation series of all time. Read More
  • WORD: San Francisco's Modern Times Bookstore to close Apr. 30

    In what's become a sadly common trend, San Francisco indie bookstore Modern Times is closing shop on April 30 after 20 years at 888 Valencia Street. The bookstore, which has hosted countless events during 40 years as a Mission District hub for politcal literature, announced the closure after their landlord refused to renew their lease. While Modern Times will never again operate at their current location, they hope to reopen in about a year by running a cooperative with Busboys & Poets, a Washington, DC-based restaurant, bookstore and progressive event space. "The eventual goal would be a smaller version of Modern Times housed within a Mission District Busboys & Poets with shared events (and) programming," Modern Times said in an announcement. Meantime, they're holding a sale with 20% off all new and 50% off used books to reduce inventory. Don't miss their ‘Goodbye to 888 Valencia’ Party on Saturday April 23. Click here to see their announcement, and watch the Modern Times Bookstore website for future updates.
  • WORD: Boxing writer George Kimball helms new LOA title 'At The Fights'
    Edited Press Release

    American writers have always been fascinated by the ring -- by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them. Library of America (LOA) announced that George Kimball, a longtime sportswriter for the Boston Herald and author of an earlier critically acclaimed book about boxing, helmed a new book on the sport "At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing." Read More
  • Electrosoul SystemBASS: Grid Recordings signs Rawtee; Electrosoul System cuts new tracks - with audio

    Drum & Bass label Grid Recordings announced another brand new signing to the Grid family -- US based producer Rawtee -- who has been a leading figure in Miami's DNB scene for the past few years with his unique American style beats. Also, Russian producer/DJ Electrosoul System (pictured left) has several new tracks with the label. Read More
  • WORD: Barry Eisler to self-publish novel 'The Detachment' in June, pulls out of St. Martin's deal

    In a surprise turnaround that sent shock waves through the book publishing industry, best-selling author Barry Eisler has pulled out of a reported $500,000 deal with St. Martin's Press imprint Minotaur Books and in June will self-publish "The Detachment," the first of two novels he was to write for Minotaur. Read More
  • BASS: Drum & Bass duo Ulterior Motive drops Tesla/Seven Segments -- with audio

    Returning to Drum & Bass label Subtitles after recent excursions on Metalheadz and Critical, Ulterior Motive are back with another brace of bangers set for release in April, ESP Agency announced. Ulterior Motive's latest work includes "Tesla" and "Seven Segments" two fast and fluid songs that are bound to get feet moving among DNB-heads. Read More
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS: Armin van Buuren dominates at IDMAs with 5 awards

    Trance DJ Armin Van Buuren of the Netherlands and American Deadmau5 took down a bevy of honors at the 26th annual International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Fla., this weekend. Van Buuren (pictured left) won five awards including the coveted best global DJ, while Deadmau5's rise in global status included a best solo artist nod a surprise win in the Drum & Bass/Dubstep category. Read More
  • WORD: David Halperin debuts with novel 'Journal of a UFO Investigator'

    David Halperin, a professor of religious studies who received his PhD from Cal Berkeley back in 1977, has made a late-career turn to writing novels. His debut, "Journal of a UFO Investigator," (Viking) is an impressive debut about a teenage UFO investigator that effortlessly swings from the real world to fantasy. Read More
  • BASS: Family of missing British journalist Michael Dixon releases ‘Come Home’ feat. Kyra Simone
    The family of Michael Dixon, a British journalist who disappeared in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, on October 18, 2009 without a trace will release a song ‘Come Home’ sung by London-based artist Kyra Simone. Read More
  • BASS: Nu:Tone's third studio album 'Words and Pictures' to launch with Hospital Records

    Nu:Tone, a talented drum & bass artist who rose to become one of the world's most popular with his jump up style productions, will launch his highly anticipated third studio album "Words and Pictures" on February 28, Hospital Records announced. Read More
  • D-BridgeBASS: Drum & Bass artist dBridge presents 'Mosaic Vol. 1' mix album
    Edited Press Release

    After a busy start to 2011 with a festival tour of Australia and New Zealand, UK drum & bass artist dBridge has returned to focus on the release of the first various artists compilation on his highly-regarded Exit Records label. dBridge has brought together 22 tracks from an array of talent - with 170bpm explorations from Instra:mental, Scuba and Skream sitting neatly alongside deeper beats from Exit mainstays Consequence and Code 3 - reinforcing the labels reputation for high-quality electronic music with broad appeal. Read More
  • WORD: Leigh Feldman Joins Writers House Literary Agency
    Edited Press Release

    Literary agent Leigh Feldman has joined Writers House after 20 years as an agent at Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman. At Writers House, she will build on the agency's literary fiction and narrative non-fiction lists, as well as continue representing bestselling YA authors such as Sarah Dessen, the NYC-headquartered agency said in a press release. Read More
  • WORD: Sedaris, Verghese, Larsson top Southern Indie Bestseller List
    Edited Press Release

    Novelists David Sedaris, Abraham Verghese and Stieg Larsson topped the first Southern Indie Bestseller List of 2011, based on reporting from IndieBound.org and independent booksellers of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). The top 15 books in hardcover fiction, trade paperback fiction, and mass market are as follows. Read More
  • Author Wendy Clinch, the wife of critically acclaimed novelist Jon Clinch who debuted her first novel Double  Black one year ago, is back with a second "ski diva" story Fade To White from publisher Minotaur Books. Her sophomore novel once again follows the adventures of avid skier Stacey Curtis who this time hits something on the slopes -- a dead body.
  • Karen DionneWORD: Men! Would you buy a science thriller from an author named ‘Karen’?
    by Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne (pictured left) is the author of two environmental thriller novels and founded Backspace, a leading writers' website, annual conference and message board. In 2008 her debut novel Freezing Point was published by Penguin imprint Berkley, which launches her second novel Boiling point on Dec. 28, 2010. On the eve of her sophomore novel's launch, she shared her views on gender, genre fiction and the publishing industry as a guest of WORD'N'BASS.com. Read More
  • DJ MettraxBASS: DJ Mettrax plays BassDrive ahead of Hospital Records debut
    DJ Mettrax of Austria, who just might become a breakout Drum & Bass talent in 2011, is playing a set on BassDrive.com on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 8 pm to 10:30 pm Austrian time (11 am to 1:30 pm PST). Mettrax (pictured left), a prolific producer who focuses on liquid DNB, said he has a new track “Styuss” slated to debut with Hospital Records in February 2011. He also has a tune “Friendship” coming out soon on Fucuz Records. To hear an hour-long mix Mettrax recorded last month check out his page at DNBshare.com.
  • WORD: Fiction for the holidays from novelists James, Morrison, Schwartz

    With holiday shopping season underway and literary fans on the lookout for hot new offerings, WORD’N’BASS.com’s choices include the freshly completed novels of American icon Henry James, a new thriller from breakout author Boyd Morrison, and a prequel short story from Stephen Jay Schwartz. Read More
  • Andrea PortesWORD: Portes novel ‘Hick’ gets two A-list actresses in film adaptation

    Producer Christian Taylor has lined up A-list actresses Kirsten Dunst and Chloe Moretz to play key roles in the film adaptation of Andrea Portes’ novel "Hick." The additions give further momentum to a project that will help introduce a new wave of book and movie fans to talented novelist Portes' work. WORD’N’BASS readers first met Portes (pictured left) on the day she launched Hick with indie publisher Unbridled Books in May 2007. Read More
  • WORD: ABA says indie bookstores to benefit from Google eBooks
    Edited Press Release

    As Google launched its long awaited eBooks platform today, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) announced its support for the Mountain View, Calif., firm's new platform, saying independent bookstores would benefit from its "open and accessible platform so ABA member bookstores can provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy ebooks at competitive prices." Read More
  • NoisiaBASS: Noisia nominated for 3 awards at 2010 D&BAAs

    Noisia’s breakthrough year continues as they topped an impressive list of drum & bass artists nominated at the 2010 Drum & Bass Arena Awards. Dutch crew Noisia bagged nominations in three categories including best DJ, best producer, and best album for their full-length debut Split the Atom. In a heated battle among record labels, Hospital, Lifted Music, Ram Records, Shogun Audio and Viper Recordings got DNBAA nods. Keep it dialed on www.breakbeat.co.uk for final results, which will be announced at an awards show on Dec. 2. Click here for a full list of nominees, including in other categories such as MCs, events, venues, promoters, TV & Video, and singles.
  • BASS: Mutated Forms cuts new tracks featuring Jenna G -- with audio

    Around the start of 2010 Mutated Forms caught the attention of vocalist Jenna G. Their debut collaboration 'Last Time' has all the makings of a future classic. With plays on Radio 1 and 1xtra’s D&B shows, a spin on Pete Tong's Essential Mix and lots of love and singing in the clubs, the track is poised to see continued exposure at clubs worldwide. Mutated Forms is back with the deep, dark and rolling 'With You' through Grid Recordings imprint All Sorts. Click here to listen and bag your copy of Last Time, and here for more from Mutated Forms. For more information check out the Mutated Forms website.
  • WORD: After 100-year wait, Mark Twain’s autobiography already a best seller
    Mark Twain, the late humorist who is widely considered among America’s greatest authors of the 20th century, is poised to reach post-Millenium audiences with the first volume of his autobiography. Read More
  • BASS: BSE launches fourth album ‘Lights and Wires’ -- with audio

    Black Sun Empire (BSE), among our favorite drum & bass production crews and one of several that have emerged from northern Europe to change the tone of DNB worldwide, kicked off the vinyl release of their fourth album "Lights and Wires" this weekend. Read More
  • WORD: Novelists Child, Connolly, Gericke, Sakey hit San Francisco for Bouchercon

    Hundreds of authors, publishers, literary agents and other book industry participants are arriving this week in San Francisco to attend Bouchercon from Oct. 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency. The conference, with a focus on genres such as thrillers, mysteries, and crime novels, is one of the largest annual book events on the calendar. Read More
  • The San Francisco launch of Stephen Jay Schwartz’s new novel "Beat," (Macmillan imprint Forge Books) will take place at The Beat Museum in North Beach on Wednesday, October 13, at 7:00 pm. The party will be packed with authors who are arriving in town for Bouchercon, the mystery-thriller conference being held this year in downtown San Francisco. The Beat Museum is located at 540 Broadway in SF.
  • BASS: DJ Mark Farina returns with "Mushroom Jazz 7"
    Press Release

    On November 9, Mark Farina releases Mushroom Jazz 7 -- the latest installment in the groundbreaking compilation series. Mushroom Jazz 7 features Farina's signature hip-hop, jazz-infused, downtempo, dance floor friendly beats. This time around, he deftly mixes and arranges tracks by some of the world's most dynamic artists including Andy Caldwell, Billa Qause, Colossus, Dave Allison, Derek Dunbar, The Hue, Giano & Michael Knight, Jazz Spastiks, Joshua Heath, Lurob, Slakah the Beatchild, Tommy Largo and Uneaq. Read More
  • DJ DanBASS: DJ Dan launches debut artist album ‘Future Retro’ -- with audio
    Edited Press Release

    DJ Dan (pictured left by BPM Smith) dropped his debut artist album ‘Future Retro’ that is now available to download through iTunes and Beatport, record label Nettwerk Music Group announced. With extra bonus tracks available on each outlet, it’s a meaty selection of the best house music classics, topped with Dan’s inch perfect and highly knowledgeable productions. To mark DJ Dan’s long-awaited debut, his label released a track WORD’N’BASS.com readers can download for free. Read More
  • WORD: Litquake underway, weeklong festival hits neighborhoods throughout San Francisco
    Edited press Release

    The 11th edition of the annual Litquake festival kicked off on Friday, Oct. 1 with Night of the Living Read, an opening cocktail schmoozer at SOMA club 111 Minna. Over the next week the festival features daily events throughout San Francisco. In addition to well-known roving parties like the notorious Litcrawl, events include author talks, discussions and even a film festival. Read More
  • WORD: McSweeney's Fall Harvest, Lawrence Ferlinghetti award show announced
    The week before San Francisco plays host to two of the year’s biggest literary showcases -- Litquake and Bouchercon -- two shindigs take place that are sure to draw hoards of bookish types. Lawrence Ferlinghetti bags an award and San Francisco-based publisher McSweeney’s will have several authors perform readings. Read More
  • WORD: Quick takes on hot fall novels from authors Schwartz, Gruen, Reuss
    By BPM Smith

    Indian summer has struck, and with the scorching temps of fall underway it’s time to round up some hot September novels that’ll buoy your visits to the cafes, beaches and parks of the San Francisco Bay. Our choices include Stephen Schwartz’s detective novel set in San Francisco, the long-awaited latest from author Sara Gruen and a DC story from acclaimed author Frederick Reuss. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith mixes Downtempo Electronica set

    BPM Smith, who began mixing Downtempo and Drum & Bass in 2000, often works Electronica artists into the weekly WORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM and streamed worldwide on Friday nights. In this set of primarily Electronica, he lulls listeners into a trancelike state with the dreamy atmospherics of Aaron Sontag & Nica Brooke before turning to UK and European artists who’ve defined the genre such as UNKLE, Röyksopp, Smith & Mighty and Underworld, among others. As always this set is served chilled, without editing of the original live broadcast. New mix posted on September 19, 2010. Listen Now
  • BASS: Berkeley Liberation Radio benefit party at Revolution Cafe Sept. 17

    Several local musicians and DJs including Funky Nixons, Yukon, Soul, St.Steven, Miss Jada Siomone', Will War, Joshua James Thorton, Macsen Apollo, Kathleen Stuck and Kene-J will play a fundraiser party for Berkeley Liberation Radio at Revolution Cafe in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 17. The show, co-hosted by the Arnold Fields for Mayor Campaign, will go from 8 pm to 11 pm and be streamed live here in lieu of BPM Smith and Abdul Jamal's regular Friday night shows. Doors open at 7 pm for this event, with Food Not Bombs serving organic vegetarian food. Proceeds go toward the continued operations of the Bay Area's longest-standing alternative radio station. A $10.00 sliding scale donation is requested. Revolution Cafe is located at 1612 7th Street in West Oakland.
  • BASS: DJ Qbert voted America’s Best DJ for 2010
    Edited Press Release

    The votes have all been counted and it's official -- San Francisco Bay Area’s DJ Qbert has been voted America's Best DJ for 2010, DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ announced. The talented San Francisco-based jock, who was the runner up in both 2008 and 2009, will be honored October 2 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will include a press reception at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino. Read More
  • WORD: As Jeffrey Archer launches ‘And Thereby Hangs a Tale,’ St. Martin’s runs short story contest
    Writers, start your computers. St. Martin’s Press announced a short story contest that’s free for the public in conjunction with author Jeffrey Archer’s latest book of shorts "And Thereby Hangs a Tale." To mark the Archer’s latest work, St. Martin’s is sponsoring a writing competition in which authors can submit an original, unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words for a chance at getting a publishing contract. Read More
  • Christopher LawrenceBASS: Bay Area's Kaskade, Qbert in top 10 at America’s Best DJ
    The road to America’s Best DJ 2010 is winding down with voting set to close this Monday, September 6, and several DJs from the San Francisco Bay Area including Kaskade and DJ Qbert are among the leaders, contest officials announced.  Launched on Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day Weekend, the three-month-long promotion run by DJ Times magazine asks the eternal question: "Who’s America’s Best DJ?" Read More
  • Dave EggersWORD: Authors Eggers, Vida host Litquake fundraiser party

    Litquake’s series of author parties concludes the year on Sunday, September 12 when Dave Eggers (pictured left) and Vendela Vida host a schmoozer at the Kentfield home of Phil and Christine Bronstein with special guests Amy Tan and Deborah Santana. The award-winning authors of "Zeitoun" and "The Lovers" will host a "casual-yet-elegant afternoon soiree" with Mexican food and margaritas during the event, where attendance is limited to 30 guests. Sample fine food and beverages, enjoy stimulating conversation, and help support Litquake’s ongoing mission. Tickets are $125 here, where you must cite the Eggers/Vida event. The 2010 Litquake festival runs from October 1-9 in San Francisco.
  • BASS: DJ Mettrax to play BassDrive Aug. 20
    DJ Mettrax, a talented Drum & Bass and House music DJ/producer from Vienna, Austria, told WORD'N'BASS he’s playing a live show on BassDrive.de this Friday, Aug. 20. Click the BassDrive stream to hear Mettrax’s show at 11 am PST/ 2 pm EST. In the meantime, check out his catchy new liquid DNB track "Who Loves Summer" that we’ve been enjoying all week.
  • WORD: Crime author Sakey drops short story eBook 'Scar Tissue'

    In somewhat of a suprise announcement, crime author Marcus Sakey said he released a new e-book "Scar Tissue," a collection of seven previously published short stories. One of the shorts included in Scar Tissue is "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away." Read More
  • BASS: 'Simian Mobile Disco Is Fixed' marks UK duo's first US mix album -- with audio
    Edited Press Release

    Defend Music is proud to announce the first release in a new series of mix CDs celebrating New York City’s famed FIXED parties -- Simian Mobile Disco Is Fixed. Released on October 12, 2010, this marks the first domestic USA release for the famed British DJ/Production/Remix team. Read More
  • BASS: Grime/Electronic radio station Rinse FM awarded broadcasting license
    By Sean Michaels

    London's biggest "pirate" radio station is going legit. Rinse FM has been awarded an FM broadcasting licence, giving it further opportunity to bring dubstep, UK funky and other new urban sounds into the mainstream. Founded in 1994, Rinse FM played a pivotal role in introducing London listeners to grime, garage and other homegrown sounds, when mainstream radio was still mostly concerned with Take That and S Club 7. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith mixes Downtempo/Lounge set

    BPM Smith’s Downtempo sets have kicked off the weekly WORD’N’BASS Show, broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM and streamed worldwide on Friday nights, since 2002. His latest mix fuses global artists who have been staples of the genre, from Scotland’s Boards of Canada to British pioneers Cinematic Orchestra and Purple Penguin as well as continental Europeans like St. Germaine, DJ Cam and Viva La Fete. American duo Thunderball and a remix of Brazilian bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto switches up the vibe of this set, dedicated to martini-drinking lounge lizards around the world. As always, this set is chilled without editing of the original live broadcast. New mix posted July 25, 2010. Listen Now
  • Paul van DykBASS: UPDATE -- Tragedy at Love Parade as stampede kills 21; festival terminated

    Love Parade, the world’s biggest annual electronic music festival, kicked off amid tragedy today when at least 17 people were killed during a stampede at Duisburg, Germany. The city of Duisburg has set up a hotline number where concerned family members can seek information. Read More
  • WORD: Publishing brawl -- The Wylie Agency dishes Mailer, Nabokov eBooks with Amazon
    By BPM Smith

    The Wylie Agency is launching a new eBook division Odyssey Editions in an exclusive deal with Amazon that allows it to sell a bunch of old school novels via Kindle. Naturally, it resulted in yet another brawl between Big Publishing and Amazon but with a twist -- Amazon has a major literary agency with some 700 clients on its side. Read More
  • WORD: Litquake announces late-July author events, parties
    Edited Press release

    Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, announced several author and book-related events and opportunities for book fans to mingle with Litquake cognoscenti that include cocktails parties, socials, entertainment and readings at public and private venues across the City from tonight through late July. Read More
  • Karen Dionne, author of environmental thriller novel Freezing Point (Berkley) and the follow-up Boiling Point that Berkley will publish in January 2011, announced that she's been nominated to the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors as Vice President, Technology. In her new role, in addition to being in charge of ITW's website and official communications with members, Dionne will working alongside the other board members to help shape the organization for the next several years.
  • WORD: Jon Clinch hits the road in support of ‘Kings of the Earth’

    Talented literary author Jon Clinch, whose long-awaited sophomore novel "Kings of the Earth" (Random House) came out this week in bookstores across the USA to considerable buzz, announced he’s begun a nationwide book tour that will bring him to the San Francisco Bay Area. Read More
  • Shane Gericke launched "Torn Apart" (Pinnacle Fiction) on July 6, during the same week he chaired book conference ThrillerFest in New York City. He’ll make appearances in the Chicagoland area over the next two months in support of his novel. San Francisco readers can catch him this fall at Bouchercon, when the world’s biggest mystery book conference is held in The City from October 14-17. Gericke’s upcoming events are listed here.
  • WORD: Literary agent Diver continues novel-writing career with ‘ReVamped’

    Lucienne Diver, a writer by night and a literary agent by day, announced her sophomore novel "ReVamped" will launch this fall with publisher Flux putting out the second installment of her teen vampire story. Read More
  • BASS: LTJ Bukem to play SF club the Independent June 27
    Drum & Bass pioneer LTJ Bukem makes his long-awaited return to San Fransciso this Sunday (June 27) when he plays the Independent with MC Conrad. Also, Los Angeles readers will be interested in Bukem’s two sets on Saturday. Read More
  • WORD: Little, Brown and Company forms new crime/suspense imprint Mulholland Books
    Edited Press Release

    Little, Brown and Company announced a new imprint devoted to publishing crime and suspense fiction: Mulholland Books. The name is taken from Mulholland Drive, a winding stretch of road in the Hollywood Hills. Its hairpin turns, sharp cliff faces, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles have long made it synonymous with drama and suspense. Read More
  • Editor’s Note Saturday, June 12, 2010: WORDNBASS.com Editor BPM Smith is in Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. WORD'N'BASS will be updated upon his return after June 19 with an exclusive studio mix and new editorial content.
  • WORD: Barbara Kingsolver wins 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

    Veteran author Barbara Kingsolver has added yet another trophy to her growing collection, winning the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction with her sixth novel "The Lacuna" (Faber and Faber). The win earned her a £30,000 prize and the award's traditional limited edition ‘Bessie’ bronze. Read More
  • NoisiaBASS: Noisia releases DNB mix, album ‘Split The Atom’ -- with audio

    Noisia, among today’s hottest production crews in Drum & Bass and on a roll with their recent debut studio album "Split The Atom," has released a new mix  readers can hear for free. The Dutch crew -- Nik Roos, Thijs de Vlieger and Martijn van Sonderen -- has been among the most prolific DNB producers since founding their label Vision Recordings in 2005. Read More
  • BehrouzBASS: 2010 America’s Best DJ Tour, voting has begun
    Edited Press Release

    Once again, it’s on. The voting for America’s Best DJ kicked off Memorial Day Weekend. The three-month-long promotion run by DJ Times magazine asks the eternal question: "Who’s America’s Best DJ?" This weekend fans started giving their answers by casting their votes for their favorite DJ at www.americasbestdj.net. Voting also gives fans the chance to win awesome prizes. Read More
  • WORD: Rising crime novelist Shane Gericke readies 3rd novel ‘Torn Apart’

    Now that WORDNBASS.com has turned five years old, it's time to kick off the 'Where are they now?' series in which we discuss literary and musical talent we discovered in our first year. Let's start off with Shane Gericke, a former business news editor whose knack for prose drove him to drop out of the news business back in 2005, the same year this website launched. Read More
  • TheoBASS: Nervous Records to launch NYC-inspired summer CD releases
    Edited Press Release

    The summer’s fast approaching and that means peak time for New York City label Nervous Records, which has supported the NYC club scene since it’s inception in 1992 bringing a mix of local and international sounds to a range of venues both small and large. In 2010 things are going strong with a trio of new releases -- each representing a different facet of the Big Apple scene. Read More
  • WORD: Anger Management Reborn, Litquake events in SF

    On Thursday, May 20, the Anger Management Reborn show in San Francisco has Bay Area writers Tony DuShane, Lauren Becker, Amy Glasenapp, Debbie Kirk, Missy Church and Jesus Angel Garcia among others reading from their books. The event happens at Kaleidoscope, located at 3109 24th Street, from 7:30-11:30 pm. Proceeds benefit the City’s Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts. Then on Sunday, May 23, Litquake kicks off the Epicenter -- a free monthly series of informal gatherings for writers and readers. The first one, from 7-9 pm at Fivepoints Arthouse (72 Tehama St., San Francisco), is a free literary schmoozer co-hosted by Portuguese Artists Colony. Find out more about Litquake and its upcoming events here.
  • Emily MandelWORD: Interview with Emily St. John Mandel, author of 'The Singer's Gun'

    Emily St. John Mandel, whose debut novel "Last Night in Montreal" (Unbridled Books) in 2009 sparked critical accolades, has had a busy year. She traveled across the USA and Canada in suport of her debut while juggling a day job, life in New York City, and finishing a new novel "The Singer's Gun" -- which tops the IndieNext list this month. On the eve of her sophomore launch, Emily shared her thoughts with WORDNBASS.com Editor BPM Smith about how life's changed over the past year, her unconventional methodology, and flawed protagonists. Read More
  • WORD: Author briefs -- Kiernan, St. John Mandel, Greer, Cowell, Howard

    Following are updates on award-winning novelist Kristy Kiernan’s latest novel that launched this month, Emily St. John Mandel who is about to hit the road in support of her sophomore novel, James Greer as he prepares to embark on the second round of his nationwide book tour, Stephanie Cowell who has a new novel about Claude Monet, and Francine Howard who won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Read More
  • BPM SmithAUDIO: BPM Smith mixes 420 Drum & Bass set

    BPM Smith began mixing Drum & Bass in 2000 and has hosted the WORD'N'BASS Show, streamed worldwide and broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on 104.1 FM since 2002. In what’s become a WNB tradition, he dug deep into his shiny silver record case to mix old and new artists who emphasize heavy bass for this year’s special 420 set. After a Mode Mellow remix and eerie Candyman appearance, he drops some of today’s best-known DNB producers like Klute, SKC, Photek and Nu: Tone, offsetting them with remixes of BSE and Chris Su and crossed with spaced out effects throughout -- ideal for lighting up. As always this mix is "unfiltered," with no editing from the original live broadcast. Listen Now
  • BASS: Electronic Creatives to launch Laura Escudé debut artist album -- with video
    Edited Press Release

    Los Angeles musician and technologist Laura Escudé is set to launch her debut artist CD "Pororoca," record label Electronic Creatives announced. Pororoca encompasses a myriad of genres, utilizing live electronics, synthesis, found sounds, samples and violin affected by hardware and software. Read More
  • BPM SmithWORD'N'BASS.com turns 5 years old
    By BPM Smith

    Time sure flies when you’re both a participant and an observer of the literary and electronic music scenes. WORD'N'BASS.com, which launched in spring 2005 to draw attention to our favorite authors and DJs, is now five years old. To mark our five-year anniversary, I’m going to run a series of ‘Where are they now?’ pieces on the scene's personalities I covered way back in our first year. Read More
  • WORD: DeFiore and Co. expands to mid-size agency
    Edited Press Release

    DeFiore and Company announced a major expansion with the addition of four new agents, Debra Goldstein, Laura Nolan, Matthew Elblonk and Karen Gerwin. Agency founder Brian DeFiore said the expansion means the firm "is now a solidly mid-size agency." Read More
  • BASS: Dimitri from Paris new album 'Get Down With The Philly Sound' an ode to Disco
    Edited Press Release

    BBE Records proudly presents its fifth and arguably most exciting compilation with The French DJ and ambassador of disco Dimitri from Paris. "Get Down With The Philly Sound" focuses on Dimitri’s essential disco era tracks, all made in Philadelphia, and feature the core of the rhythm section that created and defined the sound of the genre. Read More
  • WORD: Sherman Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner award
    Seattle author Sherman Alexie won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction for his short story collection "War Dances" (Grove Presss), the foundation announced Tuesday. Alexie, who authored four novels and three short story collections prior to War Dances, beat out finalists Barbara Kingsolver, Lorraine Lopez and Lorrie Moore to bag the top award and $15,000. Read More
  • LantzAUDIO: Lantz mixes mash-up set

    Lantz has rocked the turntables since his first gig at a desert party outside of Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994. Since then, he has performed at various club and underground events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and was a founding member of the NetAmp Breakbeat crew. In this Spring 2010 release, Lantz mixes a short but sweet mash-up set where classic rock meets hip hop. Listen Now
  • WORD: Livingston’s ’Wondrous Strange’ shortlisted at CLA as HarperCollins dominates

    Author Lesley Livingston said her novel "Wondrous Strange" (HarperCollins) was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s 2010 Young Adult Book Award, which recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel) that appeals to young adults. Wondrous Strange is about a 17-year-old actress who relocates to New York City to work at a theater company. HarperCollins authors ran a virtual coup of the competition, having published  five of the 10 shortlisted authors. "Vanishing Girl" by Shane Peacock (Tundra), "Come, Thou Tortoise" by Jessica Grant (Alfred A. Knopf) and "The Gryphon Project" by Carrie Mac (Puffin) were among other shortlisted titles. CLA will announce the winner of the award at its national conference and trade show  in Edmonton, Alberta on June 3, 2010. Check out the CLA website for more information.
  • AirBASS: Air embarks on 'Love 2' North American tour
    French downtempo electronic music duo Air kicked off a North American tour in support of their studio album "Love 2" this week and will hit 13 cities in the US and Canada through the end of March. Bay Area lounge lizards will depart to Oakland when Air plays their first local show in three years. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have led Air to nearly a dozen fanstastic albums since the '90s including 'Talkie Walkie' and their influential 1998 album 'Moon Safari' among others.  Read More
  • WORD: LOA Interviews editor Lawrence Rosenwald about Ralph Waldo Emerson

    As the Library of America prepared to launch ‘Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Journals’ the publisher conducted an interview with editor Lawrence Rosenwald, who helmed the massive task of sorting through a lifetime of journals from the prolific author and piecing together what he felt were the most significant passages. Read More
  • DJ ChusBASS: Madrid duo Chus & Ceballos ride the Iberian sound with 'Back On Tracks'
    Edited Press Release

    Like a mirage on a foot high snow bank, Chus & Ceballos’ (Chus pictured left) first ever mix compilation from house music authority Nervous Records -- Back On Tracks -- is a delicious slice of hypnotizing, warm, inviting tribal soundscapes laced with a brilliant use of modern tech elements. This two-disc CD features tracks and remixes from Danny Tenaglia, Steve Lawler, Radio Slave, Umek and many other contemporary house music artists. Read More
  • Editor's note Mar. 6, 2010: WORD'N'BASS.com Editor BPM Smith is in Amsterdam on business until Mar. 15. The website will be updated with new audio and editorial content when he returns.
  • WORD: As Amazon vs. Macmillan battle wanes, authors see books return
    By BPM Smith

    A battle between Amazon and Macmillan over e-book sales has been resolved (sort of) but fallout continues as book publishers try to figure out how to handle the digital rights of their titles -- an issue the electronic music industry solved last decade. Read More
  • Gabriel & DresdenBASS: International Dance Music Awards poll opens

    Public voting for the 2009 International Dance Music Awards opened today. The 24th annual event, which takes place during Winter Music Conference in Miami this March, has a whopping 57 categories that range from Best Global DJ to best tracks and albums in various electronic music genres such as Trance, House, Electro and Drum & Bass/Dubstep/Jungle. You can also vote on your favorite podcast like the  WORD'N'BASS Show (ha) and full length DJ mix, among other subcategories. Click here to cast your ballot before the polling closes on Friday, February 26, 2010. In past years San Francisco voters had a considerable impact on IDMA results, with The City’s Gabriel & Dresden (pictured) landing Best American DJ honors.
  • WORD: Ski towns inspire Wendy Clinch debut ‘Double Black’

    Judging by the gridlock we recently encountered over Donner Summit, there’s a ton of skiers and snowboarders who will be interested in Wendy Clinch's debut novel, "Double Black: A Ski Diva Mystery" that she launched with Minotaur Books this month. Literary fiction aficionados may recognize Wendy's name as she's married to novelist Jon Clinch, author of the award-winning "Finn" (Random House). Read More
  • WORD: J.D. Salinger: 1919-2010

    J.D. Salinger, America’s greatest living author whose novel "Catcher in the Rye" expressed the alienation of youth for generations after it was published in 1951, died today (Jan. 28, 2010) at the age of 91 at his home in New Hampshire. Catcher’s Holden Caulfield, one of the best-known and adored protagonists in all of literature, was echoed in countless books and movies in the nearly fifty years since his only novel launched as an instant classic. J.D’s literary agent Phyllis Westberg with the firm Harold Ober Associates issued a press release today saying he died of natural causes and that "his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death." His passing was greeted with mourning on social network cites among authors and instant speculation that there are a series of books he wrote but hoarded over the years -- which could find their way into publication down the line. The Associated Press reports Salinger was said to have anywhere from two to 15 completed manuscripts sitting in a safe.
  • Armin Van BuurenBASS: Armin Van Buuren, LTJ Bukem headline 2010 Ultra Music Festival
    Edited Press Release

    Promoters for the Ultra Music Festival (UMF), the world's leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience, unveiled initial details of its highly anticipated line-up for the festival's 12th annual installment. Two of the world's top Trance DJs, Armin Van Buuren (pictured) and Tiësto, will take the main stage with the likes of Groove Armada, Carl Cox and ATB, while Drum 'N' Bass will have its own room with LTJ Bukem headlining. Read More
  • BASS: San Francisco's second Flux Summit happens January 21
    Edited Press Release

    Flux Summit, a free quarterly electronic music industry event featuring discussions on current industry topics, a cocktail party, and a music review session, takes place this Thursday, Jan. 21 in San Francisco. In addition to the discussion and mixer, an integral part of the summit is Test Press, a music review session for DJs, producers and artists in front of top industry experts. Read More
  • WORD: Author roundup: Alexander, Greer, Benjamin, Clinch

    Talented historical novelist Tasha Alexander has a lot of work to do for publisher Minotaur this year. James Greer is back with a new novel "The Failure" (Akashic Books) about a plan to rob a Korean check-cashing store in "picaresque Los Angeles." Melanie Benjamin last week launched a new book with a new publisher and a new name. And attention all ski divas: You’ve got a novel now. Read more
  • BookEnds Literary Agency announced that co-founder Jacky Sach is retiring from publishing "to seek new opportunities." Jacky began her publishing career in 1985 at Berkley Books, now a division of Penguin Group, and in 1999 started BookEnds with Jessica Faust. Gillette, NJ-based BookEnds, an agency representing commercial fiction and nonfiction, will continue business under the ownership of Jessica Faust with agent Kim Lionetti and assistant Katelynn Jacopo -- who it appears is being groomed to become an agent down the line.
  • WORD: Literary agent, editor Knox Burger: 1922-2010

    Legendary book editor and literary agent Knox Burger, who some credit as ushering in the era of million dollar book deals, died in New York City on Jan. 4, at age 87. Burger spent his career as an advocate for writers, first as fiction editor at the magazine Collier’s, then for two decades as a book editor at Dell and Fawcett Publications. But it was as a literary agent where his reputation was made.  Read More
  • WORD: Novelists Tóibin, Selbourne snag Costa Book Awards

    UK coffee shop chain Costa announced the Costa Book Awards 2009 winners in the Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book categories. Irish novelist Colm Tóibin tookthe Costa Novel Award for "Brooklyn"; Raphael Selbourne won the First Novel Award for "Beauty," the story of a young Bangladeshi woman on the run from her family, inspired by his experiences of teaching in a deprived area of Wolverhampton; and debut biographer Graham Farmelo took  the Biography Award for his work on the pioneer of quantum mechanics, "The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius," which the judges called "the most compelling biography of the year." The five authors will now compete for the Costa Book of the Year award, which is announced on Jan. 26. Click here for more details.

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