October 16, 2014

This year’s Alice Award—an annual $25,000 prize for illustrated art books—goes to the Whitney Museum of American Art for Hopper Drawing, which was published in conjunction with last year’s Edward Hopper exhibit.

Former child star Mara Wilson, who starred in ’90s hits Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, has made a deal with Penguin Books for a book of personal essays about “being young, female, and a little out of place.”

Who is Elena Ferrante, anyway?

Sarah Brouillette at Jacobin argues that it’s impossible for the Nobel Prize to separate literature from politics.

Here’s a guide to the 2014 National Book Award Finalists, courtesy of NPR. (The winners will be announced on November 19.)

Amy O’Leary has been named the deputy international editor at the New York Times. O’Leary, who was formerly the deputy editor of digital operations, was one of the authors of a recent report assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the paper’s digital presence.

The Boston Review has hired Valerie Cortés as publisher. The magazine, which began a relaunch process in 2010, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2015. (The relaunch has so far involved changing the print format from newsprint broadside to glossy full-color and redesigning the website.) Formerly the circulation and marketing director at Bookforum and Artforum, Cortés is the Review’s first full-time publisher. Valerie, we miss you!

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