Debut novelist Aravind Adiga was named the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for his book The White Tiger (Atlantic) and the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 59th annual National Book Awards.
Little, Brown, the publisher of Infinte Jest (1996) and five other books by David Foster Wallace, has organized a memorial for the author, who committed suicide on September 12 at age forty-six. On October 23 Wallace's friends and colleagues will gather in New York City at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to share their words about the prolific fiction writer and essayist.
Several hours after Cyclone Nargis hit Yangon, the ancient tamarind tree growing out of the sidewalk of the author's hotel came crashing down on the three-story rooftop, causing the whole structure to shudder.
Residents walk through the streets of Yangon the day after the storm flattened trees and knocked out electricity and phone service.
Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in early May, flooding the streets of Yangon, knocking out electricity and phone service, and killing tens of thousands of people. It was the worst natural history disaster ever recorded in the history of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
A hand-written sign invites passersby to visit the Seven Bookstore in Yangon.
In Yangon, bookstores and magazine stands are ubiquitous. Plastic sheeting protects stacks of books in the open-air stalls along Pansodan Street.