Controversial writer Michel Houellebecq finally wins France’s top literary award, the Goncourt Prize, for The Map and the Territory (published in French last September).
On George Kimball and "the two-fisted, one-eyed misadventures of sportswriting's last badass."
A few weeks ago, I pointed you to this piece on the surprising racism of children's books. The essay was a response to controversy surrounding the rescinded publication of Ramin Ganeshram's A Birthday Cake for George Washington, which upset readers with its confusing, cheerful illustrations and alleged misrepresentation of the nature of slavery. Over at The Guardian Ganeshram defends herself and addresses the problem of cover design versus author intent.