Library association awards Carnegie medals to McBride, Giggs
This combination image shows "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride, left, and "Fathoms: The World in the Whale" by Rebecca Giggs. The American Library Association has announced its winners of the Carnegie medals for literary excellence, awarding McBride in the fiction category and Giggs in nonfiction. (Riverhead Books, left, and Simon & Schuster via AP)NEW YORK – This year's winners of the Carnegie medals for fiction and nonfiction, presented by the American Library Association, have each checked out a few books in their time. But in Philly, you can,” explained McBride, whose novel last year was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. With a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the library association established the award in 2012, with winners in each category receiving $5,000.
Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Both he, Harris and their spouses walked the last short part of the route to the White House after an abridged parade. At Biden's invitation, congressional leaders from both parties bowed their heads in prayer in the socially distanced service a few blocks from the White House. The Bidens ended their evening watching fireworks from a White House balcony. Trump did adhere to one tradition and left a personal note for Biden in the Oval Office.
Biden's inauguration will be unlike any before, past inaugurals offer lessons
Biden's inauguration will be unlike any before, past inaugurals offer lessons Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says President-Elect Biden's inauguration may be unlike any other, but past presidents offer lessons on how to address the nation at a time of crisis. Chip Reid reports.cbsnews.com
"Lame ducks" and the tradition of presidential transitions
It's a harmless, almost funny-sounding term to describe the two-and-a-half-month stretch between the general election and an outgoing president's departure: "Lame duck." "Lame duck, I gather, goes back to a time when they were British businessmen who had become bankrupt," said presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The lame duck label migrated to American politics; it was used to describe outgoing President Calvin Coolidge. But as Goodwin points out, a lame duck still has wings. Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThis presidential transition period has been bereft of all these rituals.cbsnews.com
Batter Up! Baseball, soundtrack of summer, is back - sort of
The Los Angeles Dodgers play the Los Angeles Angels at sunset during the fifth inning of a preseason baseball game, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. Rather than keeping players and club personnel sealed in a bubble environment, baseball teams will fly around the country, raising more health concerns. “Going to be 2020 coronavirus baseball,” Yankees star pitcher Gerrit Cole said. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw had hoped to take part, but he was scratched from the opener because of back issues. “It’s that sound, it’s the summer sound.”___AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich and Joe Reedy contributed to this report.
History channel working on doc series with Bill Clinton
FILE - This Dec. 10, 2019 file photo shows former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a visit to Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in New York. The History channel says it is making a documentary series on the American presidency that former President Bill Clinton will help shape and participate in. The series will explore the history of the presidency and the struggle for a more perfect union. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK – The History channel says former President Bill Clinton will help shape and be a part of an upcoming documentary series on the American presidency. It is being produced internally by the History channel and is expected to air in early 2021.
Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?
The New Deal was a try-anything moment during the Great Depression that remade the role of the federal government in American life. And as the U.S. confronts its most profound financial crisis since the Depression, brought on by the most deadly pandemic in a century, there are early soundings of a larger question: What would a “new” New Deal look like? “Responding to the crisis without also making our economy more resilient against future shocks would be a mistake,” she said. Even New Deal programs that improved lives did not insulate the American people. And at the end of 2019, no major economist forecasting this year envisioned that a pandemic would throw the world into turmoil.
Celebrated book editor Alice Mayhew dies at age 87
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alice Mayhew, the celebrated and influential editor of political and historical works whose authors ranged from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to Taylor Branch and Doris Kearns Goodwin, died Tuesday at age 87. Simon & Schuster, which she joined in 1971, announced that she died “peacefully” at her home in Manhattan. Her death came days after the loss of another Simon & Schuster institution, novelist Mary Higgins Clark, who died last week. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Woodward told The Associated Press that he and Mayhew last spoke about 10 days ago. '”Along with her many successes, Mayhew was involved with publications that were challenged and even withdrawn.
Our annual Thanksgiving book panel
Authors Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove, Jon Meacham, and Edward Larson discuss their recently released books on historic presidents with lessons for modern-day politicians. The experts discuss how the actions of our former commanders in chief inform America’s largest challenges in the 21st century.cbsnews.com