Start 2012 as you mean to go on with Oliver Burkeman’s weekly advice column for the Guardian. This week, the unexpected potential ‘techno-distraction’ has to induce calm:This Column Will Change Your Life.
‘Framing The Debate’ is Jonathan Jones’s new column for the Comment Is Free series on the Guardian website. Each week he discusses the cultural,aesthetic and ethical impact of a controversial photo, historical or contemporary, that has divided opinion.
Click here to read his column and join the debate.
Orange shortlister, Xiaolu Guo, will join Nick Barnsley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Fair, on the judging panel for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The award is unique in its recognition of both author and translator in international contemporary fiction, and the winner will receive a prize of £10,000.
Last years the prize went to REDAPRIL by the Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.The 2012 Winner will be announced in April of next year.
Alex’s Adventures in Numberland has been selected as one of only six remaining books in competition for the Royal Society Winton Prize for science books. The judging panel, which includes writer, actor and TV presenter, Robert Llewellyn, commented: “This book is a complete revelation. A rich and diverse story of mathematics, peppered with anecdote and personalities, whirling round the globe and through history from Euclid to the supercomputer, it brings maths bursting to life in a way we never expected.”
Ours Are the Streets,the fantastic first novel from Sunjeev Sahota, has been selected as book of the month for the Orange New Writers programme. Described by John Burnside as “A moral work of real intelligence and power” this debut is one worth keeping a close eye on.
Click here to be directed to the Orange New Writers Page.
Is That A Fish In Your Ear? by David Bellos is a wonderful, all-encompassing book about translation and the meaning of everything. Published this month, here’s a tantalising little film to whet your appetite…
A great turnout of J&N authors at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Speaking today are Jasper Fforde, author of THELASTDRAGONSLAYER and the brilliant THURSDAYNEXT series, and journalist Gavin Knight, whose prescient HOODRAT, described by The Independent as “Britain’s Gomorrah”, is an exploration of UK gang culture with the narrative drive of a thriller.
In his new three part series architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff explores the impact the design of buildings can have on us - on our identity and self-esteem, our relationships, our chances at school, and even our weight and immune system.
The first episode premieres tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm. For more information, click here.