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Book signings by local authors



Published: Sun, February 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Book signingsby local authors

HOWLAND -- Rick Muccio and James Jeffrey Higgins will be at The Book Nook, 2103 Elm Road N.E., from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of their books.

Muccio, a free-lance political cartoonist, is the author of "The Valley and Beyond: Editorial & amp; Sports Cartoons 1991-2001." "On Common Ground" is the title of the newest release by Higgins, a Girard resident, environmental photographer and author of "Images of the Rust Belt."

Epic children's booktakes Whitbread

OXFORD, Eng. -- On Jan. 23, Philip Pullman became the first children's writer to win the prestigious Whitbread prize for "The Amber Spyglass, "the final installment of his magical His Dark Materials trilogy. The book was not only named the Whitbread Children's Award winner, but it also garnered the Whitbread for overall book of the year.

In winning, Pullman has finally eclipsed his great rival J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter stories by writing the first children's book -- albeit an epic, complex and highly sophisticated one -- to take one of the big two literary awards.

Also receiving honors were: "Twelve Bar Blues" by Patrick Neate, best novel; "Something Like A House" by Sid Smith, best first novel; and 'Selkirk's Island" by Diana Souhami, non-fiction.

The Whitbread Book Awards were established in 1971 by Whitbread PLC to celebrate and promote the best of contemporary British writing.

T.S. Eliot Prizegoes to woman

LONDON -- Canadian poet Anne Carson was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for her fourth book, "The Beauty of the Husband," a single piece about the disintegration of a marriage, which she has described as & quot;a fictional essay in 29 tangos. & quot; She received the honor Jan. 22 from Valerie Eliot, wife of poet T.S. Eliot, during a ceremony in London.

Carson is the first woman to win the prize, which since its establishment nine years ago had been criticized as a private club for male poets. While not the richest, it is regarded as the most distinguished poetry award. The prize is organized by the Poetry Book Society, of which Eliot was a founding member in 1953.

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