Have any good articles/blog posts to share from the weekend? Here are my picks:

Algonquin has just launched the Algonquin Book Club, a very cool new event series. Here's the info, from the Algonquin Books Blog:

Each year we’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections at literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable writer.

The 2011 lineup includes several superstar pairings: Sara Gruen interviewed by Kathryn Stockett; Heidi Durrow interviewed by Terry McMillan. The series kicks off on March 21, when Edwidge Danticat interviews Julia Alvarez at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced the NBCC book awards:

A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (Fiction)
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (General Nonfiction)
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell (Biography)
Half a Life, by Darin Straus (Autobiography)
One with Others, by C.D. Wright (Poetry)
Lyric Poetry and Modern Poetry -- Russia, Poland, and the West, by Claire Cavanaugh (Criticism)

I would like to note that Jennifer Egan beat out a very impressive group of Finalists: Freedom, Skippy Dies, To the End of the Land and Comedy in a Minor Key. Congrats to winners! Today's Tournament of Books judge (and winner) must be thrilled.

On the Shortfire Press blog, I enjoyed Ed Hogan's guest post on the wonderful writing of Lorrie Moore—and how painfully funny it can be.

And finally, I discovered a new author blog this week—by none other than Lois Lowry, beloved author of The Giver. Lowry posts frequently on everything from heartening reader mail to a potential movie adaptation of Number the Stars.

Happy weekend! With Daylight Saving's Time just a couple days away, I am pumped. There may even be some post-work outdoor reading time in my future . . .

What are you reading this weekend? I'm going to finish The Tiger's Wife (read early impressions here).

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