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BOOK NEWS

This year at our Annual Benefit Gala, on October 19, 2010, the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony will honor the great Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk by presenting him with the most distinguished Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The Gala will again be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City.

Pamuk is a a writer whom Mailer admired, a writer, who has opened up a window so all can better understand the culture and society in which he lives and has inspired literary students the world over to visit Turkey. Orhan will travel to New York to accept the Prize and give an important speech that evening.

In addition a special Distinguished Journalism Prize will be given to Ruth Gruber (now 98 and still walking) a Jewish heroine, a real humanitarian and a writer whom Mailer also respected. Ruth Gruber, who lives in New York, will also be present to receive her Mailer Prize. Attached is a bio of Ms Gruber.

Again Tina Brown will be Honorary Chair of the evening and Diliana & Spas Roussev one of our founding benefactors has agreed to support our program for the year 2010-2011.

Regards,

Lawrence Schiller
President and Co-Founder
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Amazon and Penguin Group (USA) Name Patricia McArdle and Amy Ackley Winners of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Patricia McArdle, author of Farishta, and Amy Ackley, author of Sign Language, win the competitions in the general fiction and young adult fiction categories, respectively.


SEATTLE – Amazon.com, Inc., and Penguin Group (USA) named the winners of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition in search of the next popular novel. For the first time in the competition's history, two grand prizes were awarded: one for general fiction and one for best young adult novel. The winners, selected by Amazon.com customers, were revealed at an event held at the Amazon campus in Seattle. Each one will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group (USA) that includes a $15,000 advance.

Patricia McArdle is the winner of the general fiction category for her novel, Farishta, which will be published by Riverhead Books. Amy Ackley is the winner in the young adult fiction category for her novel, Sign Language, which will be published by Viking Children's Books. Both of these novels are available for pre-order now on Amazon.com, at www.amazon.com/abna

"Thousands of Amazon.com customers participated in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award by posting reviews and casting votes for the winners," said Jeff Belle, Vice President, U.S. books, Amazon. "The results of this year's vote were the closest we've ever had, which is indicative of both the competitiveness of the entries and the exceptional work from our finalists."

"It is such a pleasure to award two grand prizes this year and to have two wonderful new authors publishing with Penguin. We congratulate Patricia McArdle and Amy Ackley on their talent and achievement," said Tim McCall, Penguin's Vice President of online Sales and Marketing.

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Patricia McArdle, a resident of Arlington, VA, is a retired American diplomat whose postings have taken her around the world, including northern Afghanistan. Her novel, Farishta, centers around a female American diplomat who, transferred to a volatile, remote outpost in northern Afghanistan, provides aid to refugee women fleeing the violence. She becomes their farishta, or "angel," in the local Dari language. Julie Barer of Barer Literary, LLC, one of the contest's expert panelists, described McArdle's Farishta as "a moving and fascinating story of one woman's work in a place that few Americans have experienced beyond newspaper headlines and CNN stories. Both the originality of the setting and the quality of the writing make this debut book stand out in the crowd."

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Young adult fiction winner Amy Ackley of Brighton, MI, is a mother of three whose career has included a variety of jobs, from public administration to labor relations for top automakers. Ackley left home at the tender age of 16 and has supported herself ever since. Inspired by the loss of her father and two close friends to cancer, Sign Language tells the story of 12-year-old Abby North. Her first hint that something is wrong with her dad is the scar that appears on his stomach after he goes in for kidney surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence. Now her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted and nothing is normal anymore. Nancy Werlin said the novel "tells its story beautifully and movingly, and it earns its hopeful ending. Ackley is without question a talented writer."

The 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, which began Jan. 25, 2010, drew thousands of entrants, representing all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries. The contest is co-sponsored by Amazon, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace. For complete terms and conditions on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and to view the winning excerpts and reviews, please visit www.amazon.com/abna

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and World Acclaimed Naturalist E.O. Wilson Contributes Foreword To The Watchman’s Rattle


A Lead Title This Fall By Rebecca D. Costa from Vanguard Press


The Watchman’s Rattle, the first book by thought-leader Rebecca D. Costa, will be published in October 2010 as a lead title by Vanguard Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. It will feature a foreword by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, Harvard professor and author of On Human Nature, Consilience, The Creation, The Superorganism, and most recently, the bestselling novel, Anthill. Such endorsements by Wilson are rare, and are particularly notable because they carry the weight of his undebated worldwide prominence in the study of evolution, ecology, biology, and sociobiology. In his foreword, Wilson offers high praise for Costa’s revelations concerning the relationship between complexity and the growing inability of leaders, scientists, and experts to solve civilization’s dangerous problems. Wilson writes, “I am on the side of Rebecca Costa … We need to grasp the increasing complexity of our social and political arrangements, and reach solutions. Ms. Costa urges us to do so by employing the better instruments of our genetic nature.

“In The Watchman’s Rattle, Rebecca Costa presents a view of the parlous human condition with which I completely agree,” Wilson continues. “The primary cause of all the threatening trends is the complexity of civilization itself, which has reached the point that it cannot be understood and managed by the cognitive tools we have thus far chosen to use. We need to use knowledge and reason and take an honest look at ourselves as a species.”

E.O. Wilson has made significant contributions to several fields, including his work Biophiliathat led to the concept and study of biodiversity and the shaping of the modern global conservation ethic. The originator of the new discipline of sociobiology — the systematic study of the biological basis of social behavior in all kinds of organisms, he wrote Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, whichhas been ranked the most important book on animal behavior of all time, and is considered the founding text of sociobiology and its offshoot, evolutionary psychology. With Charles Lumsden he developed the first general theory of gene-culture coevolution (and introduced the term) in Genes, Mind, and Culture. Wilson is also the co-developer of the theory of island biogeography, which greatly influenced the discipline of ecology and became a cornerstone of conservation
biology, and has shaped the planning and assessment of parks and reserves around the world. He also was key in the development of the new field of chemical ecology, the
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chemical (pheromone) communication among all plants and microorganisms, as well as the vast majority of animals. In addition, Wilson is renowned for his studies of ants in the Western Hemisphere. He is the Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University.

In her new book The Watchman’s Rattle, Rebecca Costa explains how the same principles that govern evolution cause, and provide the solution for, the collapse of civilizations. She pulls headlines from today’s news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces the rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities to manage it. As a result, society’s ability to solve its most challenging, seemingly intractable problems — the Gulf oil spill, climate change, a global recession — becomes gridlocked, progress slows, and collapse ensues, as it did in the Roman, Khmer, and Mayan civilizations. Taking the next step, Costa reveals how we can reverse the downward spiral. She presents scientific evidence that the human brain can be retrained to comprehend, analyze, and resolve massively complex problems. We can give ourselves brain tune-ups, cultivate “insight-on-demand” and make a significant impact on the challenges we face today. Part history, part social science, part biology, The Watchman’s Rattle confronts the biological obstacles that prevent progress and offers prescriptive measures.

Additional information on The Watchman’s Rattle can be found at www.rebeccacosta.com.

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