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On the Books Mar. 11: Jennifer Egan bests Franzen for National Book Critics Circle Award

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Image Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty ImagesIn what can only  be seen as an upset, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad beat out Freedom by Jonathan Franzen for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Personally, I applaud the board for awarding Egan’s highly original, immensely entertaining novel of interconnected stories (even though Franzen’s novel would have been a more than deserving winner as well). Goon Squad will be released in paperback Mar. 22.

Mick Taylor, former guitarist of the Rolling Stones, will pen a memoir about his time with the band.

Who says libraries are dead? Bolingbrook, Illinois got a three-story, $39.5 million state-of-the-art library stocked with flat-screens, self-checkout stations, an automated book sorter (what’s that?), and a cafe. A section called the Vortex, designed to attracted teens, is decked with plasma TVs and beanbag chairs. The library as a whole is meant to appeal more to young professionals. Suddenly Bolingbrook sounds like it’s worth a visit.

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