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Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

By Annie Bostrom and Donna Seaman The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg (Bloomsbury), is one of the most alarming books to appear in this altogether alarming time. Ellsberg’s revelations, both personal and professional, uncloak a litany of disregarded protocol, erroneous assumptions, and near misses pertaining to the start of…

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The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jesmyn Ward

By Annie Bostrom Jesmyn Ward’s third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, portrays three generations of a Mississippi family as they grapple with the ghosts and entrenched sorrows of their shared past, and with their incalculable love for one another. BOSTROM: Sing, Unburied, Sing is narrated by several characters. Jojo, a 13-year-old boy who’s just beginning to…

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The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: George Saunders

By Donna Seaman Lincoln in the Bardo is short story master George Saunders’ first novel, and its impact has been as earthshaking as its storytelling mode is avidly imagined and downright surreal. Awarded the Man Booker Prize, this tragic and comic historical improvisation is also a Carnegie finalist for fiction. SEAMAN: Your uniquely structured novel,…

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The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: David Grann

By Annie Bostrom In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann examines a startling and largely undiscussed episode in U.S. history. BOSTROM: When did you know you would write this book? GRANN: I knew after I made a visit to the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma,…

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The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Daniel Ellsberg

By Donna Seaman In The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the Carnegie nonfiction medal, renowned whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg dramatically and alarmingly reveals the mad precariousness of our nuclear arsenal. SEAMAN: The Doomsday Machine is a phenomenal work of recollection as well as a galvanizing exposé. How did you summon up…

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The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jennifer Egan

By Donna Seaman Jennifer Egan is a remarkably prescient novelist, divining the future implications of contemporary trends and obsessions, as in her multiple-award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). In Manhattan Beach, shortlisted for the Carnegie Fiction Medal, she looks back. SEAMAN: You spent many years researching this historical novel. What was the impetus…

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