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April 18, 2013

Shorties (The New William Hazlitt Essay Prize, Toure on His New Prince Book, and more)

The William Hazlitt Essay Prize will award 15,000 British pounds to its winner.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Toure about his new book I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon.

Frank Bill talks to San Diego CityBeat about his debut novel, Donnybrook.

The New York Times profiles X5 Music Group, which is a surprisingly profitable clasical record label.

"... a 10-year-old Swedish company that has built a $14 million business applying the strategies of online marketing to classical music. Its success has spawned numerous imitators and led to a new deal that allows it to exploit the classical and jazz catalogs of the Universal Music Group, the world's largest record company."

Bookworm interviews Mohsin Hamid about his debut novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

Twitter's #music service will go live today.

The print run for Haruki Murakami's new novel has hit one million in only a week.

Flavorwire lists great albums with embarrassingly bad album art.

The London Review of Books shares a new Anne Carson poem.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira.

For National Poetry Month, NPR Books gathers interviews with former poet laureates of the United States.

Printcosmo examines what made the iconic album covers of the 1970s special.

Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Grabel) recounts her first year as a woman at Cosmopolitan.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to The Cure's discography.

The nominees have been named for the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Jeffrey Brown, Julia Wertz, Ellen Forney, Tom Gauld, and Leela Corman.

Geekosystem lists 13 songs inspired by fantasy books that you need to hear.

Flavorwire examines ebook innovations of the past year.

The Thermals answered questions from the Reddit community.

The band's frontman, Hutch Harris, talks movies with the A.V. Club.

Author Chuck Palahniuk was interviewed by the Reddit community.

Win the six books featured in this week's Book Notes series and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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