Genius Awarded! Beauty Prevails!

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This year's MacArthur Fellows were announced, and Bookspace Detroit would like to congratulate all the winners!  The MacArthur Fellows receive $625,000 over six years, to use however the winners choose.  Here's a link to the full list of winners, but we'd like to highlight one name who we've followed for years.  Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and graphic memoirist (a unique and stellar title if we've ever heard one) and her work transcends any outdated notion of what those mediums can communicate. For those who have never heard of the Bechdel test, it is a measuring tool for films that Bechdel came up with in a comic strip called The Rule back in 1985.  In total: a movie that passes the Bechdel Test if (1) there are at least two women in it (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man.  She is an amazing artist and thinker and all my kudos in the world for her.

A MacArthur grant also went to Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt, who works at Stanford doing amazing research in social pyschology related to our inclinatinon to racially code and categorize people, and the way this results in our judgments on society.  Here is an excellent video about her research and another reason to feel good: the world has done something right, and genius has been rewarded today.  

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And, in other awards, check out the National Book Award Longlists - in categories including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature.  Did anything you love not make the cut?  Let us know!  

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

Poetry:

Young People’s Literature: