Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TNS Contributing Editor reviewed in LA Times

Hey Normals,

Check out this review of TNS Contributing Editor, Adam Braver's new novel:,0,3552930.story

Peas and blubber,


TNS #1 Contributor Juan Felipe Herrera wins PEN/USA Award for Poetry

Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera for winning the PEN/USA Award for Poetry for his 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border.

You can read Juan's "The Return of Jake Condor" in our inaugural issue. Get it at

Joseph Boyden wins Canada's Giller Prize

The Normal School congratulates Joseph Boyden on winning the Giller Prize.

From Pulisher's Lunch:

Giller to Boyden
Joseph Boyden won Canada's Giller Prize for his second novel THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE, after having been favored to win the award three years ago for his debut, THREE DAY ROAD. Juror Margaret Atwood praised the book "for its spare prose style that ranges from lyrical to brutal ... and that shows us unforgettable characters and a northern landscape in a way we have never seen before." Viking has the book scheduled for March 2009 release in the US.

Globe and Mail

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Island of Amazonia Names TNS #1 Contributor Sevenacious

Amazon's Best of 2008 puts TNS #1 contributor Ron Rash's novel, Serena, at #7. Congratulations, Ron!

Amazon's Best of 2008
Amazon has picked their top 100 books for the year. Here's the first part of the list:

1. The Northern Clemency, Philip Hensher
2. Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg
3. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Rick Perlstein
4. The Forever War, Dexter Filkins
5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, David Wroblewski
6. The Likeness: A Novel, Tana French
7. Serena: A Novel, Ron Rash
8. So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel, Leif Enger
9. The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon
10. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hajdu

(Courtesy of Publisher's Lunch).