Books http://www.kunc.org en Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize http://www.kunc.org/post/book-news-former-poet-laureate-robert-hass-wins-100000-poetry-prize <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass has won the $100,000 Wallace Stevens prize for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry" from the Academy of American Poets. Hass is much-lauded: he was a MacArthur Fellow, won a National Book Award in 2007, and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, among other prizes. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 59857 at http://www.kunc.org Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books http://www.kunc.org/post/telling-crimeas-story-through-childrens-books Understanding all the players, alliances and political stakes in the rapidly shifting crisis in Ukraine can be challenging for anyone unfamiliar with Eastern Europe and its history. And it doesn't get any simpler when you step back a century or two — which is why Lily Hyde's stories blending history, myth and geopolitics are grabbing the attention of readers, reporters and activists alike.<p>We all want to believe in fairy tales. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:02:00 +0000 59855 at http://www.kunc.org Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby http://www.kunc.org/post/raising-birthday-glass-comics-king-jack-kirby If you've seen <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>, you know Groot — the singing, dancing, crime-fighting tree. Groot was created by comics legend Jack Kirby, who's also responsible for Captain America and was the co-creator of the Avengers and the X-Men. Kirby died in 1994, but his birthday on Aug. 28 has become something of a national celebration for comic book fans.<p>In the back room of a brewery just outside Albany, a small group of comic shop owners and comics creators gathers around a sketch of Kirby. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:04:00 +0000 59852 at http://www.kunc.org Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election http://www.kunc.org/post/book-news-calif-law-calls-textbooks-teach-significance-obamas-election <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>California history textbooks will now be asked to cover "the significance of President Barack Obama's election," under a law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 59831 at http://www.kunc.org Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus http://www.kunc.org/post/marine-turned-novelist-brings-brutal-everyday-work-war-focus "Every inch of that place, every grain of sand, wanted desperately to kill us."<p>That's a line from a compelling new novel about the Iraq War, written by former Marine Michael Pitre.<p>Pitre was a history and creative writing major at Louisiana State when he joined the Marines after Sept. 11. He became an officer and served two tours in Iraq's Anbar province working in logistics and communications.<p>His new novel, <em>Fives and Twenty-Fives,</em> follows an American road repair crew and bomb disposal team in Iraq. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:50:00 +0000 59817 at http://www.kunc.org Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus