The finalists for the prestigious Kirkus Prize were announced Tuesday, and a memoir published by the Minneapolis publisher Coffee House Press is among the nonfiction finalists. "When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back," by Naja Marie Aidt, translated by Denise Newman, is also long-listed for a National Book Award.
Other finalists include a memoir by Saeed Jones, who is coming to Minneapolis in October for Talking Volumes. Jones' first book, "Prelude to Bruise," a collection of poetry, was published by Coffee House Press.
Fiction finalists include Valeria Luiselli's novel, "Lost Children Archive." Her previous books "Tell Me How it Ends" and "The Story of My Teeth" were published by Coffee House Press and she is a contributing editor for the press.
Any book published in 2019 that earned a star from a Kirkus review is eligible for the awards, which are presented in three categories. The winners of the $50,000 prize will be announced Oct. 24.
A good-night story across the globe
Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight homelessness. Smith and Mirren will each tell their story from different locations during the World's Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people in 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising $50 million for the charity. Smith's reading will take place in Times Square in New York City. Mirren will appear in Trafalgar Square in London. Each location is expected to feature live performances. The sleep out will also be held in other major cities including Chicago, Amsterdam, Madrid and Los Angeles. All the proceeds raised will go toward registered charities helping homeless and displaced people.
Setback: "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek, 79, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his "numbers shot up" and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. The game show host hasn't missed a day on the show.
'Seinfeld': Netflix has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced it would start streaming all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in 2021, gaining a popular addition to its library. Jerry Seinfeld's show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and his stand-up special "Jerry Before Seinfeld" are already distributed by Netflix.