The FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award was presented in London to Brad Stone for THE EVERYTHING STORE. Goldman ceo Lloyd Blankfein commented:”Amazon is a remarkable force that has revolutionized the retail world since Jeff Bezos founded the company almost two decades ago. Brad Stone offers a provocative take on how Jeff Bezos and Amazon have transformed industries as varied as publishing, consumer electronics, and cloud computing.”
It’s National Book Awards week in New York, and many of the events will be streamed or broadcast this year. Tonight the finalists in all four categories read from their works at The New School, which the NBF will stream online.
Tomorrow night there will be a streaming “pre-game show” of “red carpet arrivals and interviews” at BookTV.org, and then the full ceremony will be broadcast live by BookTV on C-Span2 starting at 7:40. (The ceremony will also be webcast from the NBF’s site.)
In case you had any doubts, Ann Godoff at Penguin Press confirms to the New York Times that fiction nominee Thomas Pynchon will not attend the event. The paper reveals that guests will dine on baked tagliolini, loin of lamb and tiramisu.
Finally, it’s not an award, but former Random House editor-in-chief Dan Menaker does has a listicle at the Daily Beast of “under-appreciated” books that he edited:
Zoli, Colum McCann
Serpent Girl, Matthew Carnahan
Blood Kin, Ceridwen Dovey
Safelight, Shannon Burke
(Dovey’s book was published by Penguin and edited by Molly Barton, though Menaker hosted Dovey on his short-lived online show.)