Lauren Myracle writes about being un-nominated  for the National Book in the Huffington Post. Put in a really tough position, Myracle comes across as funny, tender and sympathetic. And apparently I wasn't the only one  who added Shine to my Goodreads list.
Earlier this week, local law enforcement in Ohio was forced to shoot 49 large animals  after their owner opened gates and cages prior to killing himself. As a follow up, NPR interviews  local author Michael Koryta, the author of The Ridge  which includes a significant plot line involving a large cat sanctuary in Kentucky. The interview covers challenges of regulating exotic animal ownership.
- Award Winner 
- The ridge